Expert reveals how to spring clean your kitchen using five common household items that will save you time and money
- A cleaning expert has revealed the five household staples you need in your kit
- From bi-carb soda to clean the oven to cooking spray to keep grime away
- The cleaning staples are time, cost and environmentally effective, she said
Hayley Simmons a director for UK-based kitchen company Magnet told FEMAIL the household ingredients are a cost-effective way of cleaning
A kitchen expert has revealed how you can use pantry staples like non-stick cooking spray, salt and lemon juice to deep-clean your kitchen.
Hayley Simmons a director for UK-based kitchen company Magnet told FEMAIL the household ingredients are a cost-effective way of cleaning.
She also said the most important thing to consider when it comes to doing a deep clean of your kitchen is to leave enough time to do the job well.
‘Deep cleaning your kitchen can be a chore for many, but there is nothing more satisfying than a spotless kitchen. Those sparkling appliances, perfectly organised cupboards and immaculate worktops just make you feel good,’ she said.
She also shared the five natural cleaning alternatives to help you save time and money, whilst being kinder to the environment when spring cleaning your kitchen.
Bi-carbonate soda and vinegar – for the oven
Cleaning the oven can be one of the hardest, messiest jobs in the kitchen but this combination can help save you hours of scrubbing.
‘Simply mix up a paste using baking soda and vinegar and apply to the walls and wire racks of your oven, where the fizzing reaction between these acidic and alkaline ingredients will help to lift burnt-on food. Leave the mixture to work its magic for half an hour, then wipe down with a soapy sponge,’ the expert said.
Cooking spray can be used to make everyday items non-stick so they are easier to clean
Water and distilled vinegar – to cut through built-up grime
‘You don’t need to resort to harsh, harmful chemicals to tackle the greasy residue that builds up on the cooker hood after months of cooking up tasty dinners,’ she said.
‘Instead, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of water and distilled vinegar, spritz liberally onto the cooker hood and leave for 5-10 minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth.
‘Distilled vinegar can also be used to descale your kettle. Add your vinegar and bring it to a boil. Next, let it sit for an hour, then empty and rinse and your kettle should look brand new.’
Lemon – to fight grease
Like vinegar, lemon juice is another great natural solution for fighting grease, plus it leaves your kitchen smelling beautifully fragrant and fresh.
Heating a cup of lemon juice in the microwave for three minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated, will cut through stubborn burnt-on stains so they can be easily wiped away with a sponge, leaving your microwave spotless.
Salt – to clean chopping boards
Since wood is a porous material, it can be particularly tough to remove stains and discolouration from a wooden chopping board.
‘Thankfully, there is a simple answer to this age-old problem – salt. Sprinkle coarse sea salt over your chopping board then use half a lemon to scrub the rough granules over the surface, loosening trapped-in dirt,’ she advised.
For plastic chopping boards, mix baking soda, vinegar and lemon together instead, she added.
Non-stick cooking spray – to protect kitchen tools
‘This one isn’t directly used to help you clean, but it will make the end job easier. Next time you grate your cheese using a grater, spray it with non-stick cooking oil first,’ she said.
‘This will stop the cheese from sticking to the metal – making it much easier to clean. Cooking spray can also be used when measuring out sticky substances, such as honey or syrup, spray the dish or bowl first so you can then pour it out with no stick.’
The expert also said being prepared before tackling big cleaning jobs is key, this includes giving yourself enough time and moving everything out of the room before beginning.
She also says it is important to make a list of the things you are planning to clean to insure every job gets done.