There’s nothing more satisfying than a clean, sparkling kitchen but keeping on top of mess can be difficult if you lead a busy life.
These cleaning tips and tricks are perfect if you’re pressed for time – and better yet, none of them require expensive cleaning products.
Using everyday items you probably already have lying around the house, these tips from oven cleaning expert Rik Hellewell promise to make cleaning the kitchen a task that takes minutes instead of hours.
From using flour to make a sink sparkling to lemon slices to give your wooden chopping boards a thorough clean, these hacks are perfect for both the busy and the lazy.
LEMONS FOR CHOPPING BOARDS
Wooden chopping boards should not be put in the dishwasher, as they can get damaged. Instead try using a natural cleaner such as a lemon to give the boards a thorough clean
‘Wooden cutting boards are notoriously bad for built-up dirt and grime.
‘To freshen up your work surface, cut a lemon in half and then pour a generous amount of salt over the board,’ advises Hellewell, who is founder and MD at oven valeting service Ovenu.
‘Next, use the lemon as a sponge to scrub off any stuck-on food and dirt. Then scrape the salt-and-lemon mixture off the board, rinse clean and leave to dry.
‘This will rid the chopping board of any stains and leave it smelling fresh.’
FLOUR FOR SPARKLING SINKS
Forget expensive kitchen cleaning products: apparently cheap-as-chips flour can leave a sink sparkling
‘Over time your sink can lose it sparkle, leaving it looking dull and tired. A quick way to get it shining once again is to use flour to clean it.
‘First, rinse your sink with warm water and washing-up liquid, then buff it dry with a clean towel.
‘Next, sprinkle the sink with flour and use a cloth to coat it completely. Then begin to rub the flour into the surface, like you’re polishing a car. You’ll soon see stuck-on food disappear and the sink return to its former glory.
Then, simply rinse out the sink, washing away the flour, and you can admire the results of your handiwork.
THREE-MINUTE MICROWAVE CLEAN
‘We put our microwaves through a lot over their lifespan, but often it’s the one appliance we forget to keep in tip top condition.
‘Pour cold water in a mug and add fresh lemon slices. Place it in the microwave and put on full power for three minutes. Leave the mixture to steam clean the microwave.
‘Once the mug has cooled down enough that you can handle it, pour the liquid carefully down the drain and dispose of the lemon slices. Next, use a damp cloth to wipe away any food residue.’
DUST BLINDS EASILY
The tips come from expert Rik Hellewell who has a few ingenious and very cheap ideas for how you can give your kitchen a thorough clean without the need for hours of scrubbing
‘Blinds are the perfect dust trap and can make an otherwise beautiful kitchen look dirty.
‘A quick hack to restore blinds to their former appearance involves a pair of tongs, a few elastic bands and two microfibre cloths.
‘Wrap the cloths around the tongs and secure them with elastic bands. Then, guide the tongs along each individual slat in the blinds to remove built-up dust and grime.’
TEN-SECOND BLENDER CLEAN
‘Whether you use your blender for fruit smoothies, healthy soups or indulgent milkshakes, one thing is certain — they get sticky. You can wipe them down as much as you want, but some built-up grime will still remain.
‘A quick fix is to fill the blender with washing-up liquid and warm water, then place the lid on firmly and blitz.
‘Blend the water for 10 seconds, empty it out and then rinse. Voila — it’s clean without having to revert to using a dishwasher.’
ELIMINATE FOOD ODOURS
‘A spicy curry is just what you want on a Friday night, but you don’t want the smell lingering around for the rest of the weekend.
‘A quick and easy cleaning hack is to pour two caps of vanilla essence into a ceramic mug and place it in the oven at 150˚C for an hour.
‘Leave the oven to cool down completely before you remove the mug. This hack should transform your kitchen from a smelly reminder of last night’s dinner to a welcoming place with an intoxicating vanilla scent.’