The stove: Combine baking soda and water to create a paste. Cover the bottom of the oven with the paste. Close the door and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrape the paste off with a plastic spatula or scraper, wetting as needed, and rinse with water.
Electric or gas burners: For electric burners, wipe the coils with a water-dampened cloth and clean the reflector dishes with mild soap and water. For greasy gas burners, place them in a sealed plastic bag with 1/4 cup of ammonia to expose the burners to the fumes. Place the bag on a cookie sheet and set it on the porch overnight. In the morning, dunk the burners in warm soapy water and rinse clean.
Stainless steel sink: Sprinkle baking soda evenly across the sink basin, wet slightly and scrub with a sponge. Don’t forget to scrub the drain as well. Rinse and voila! A sparkling clean sink to show off at your next house party.
Disposal: Freeze lemon slices in vinegar in an ice cube tray. Every few days, send a couple cubes down the drain and run the disposal to freshen it up.
Fridge: Clear out the fridge. Wash the shelves in the kitchen sink with baking soda and hot water. Sponge down the fridge interior with a bucket of hot water and baking soda as well. This is preferred over soap to prevent leaving behind a scent that affects your food.
Dishwasher: To remove lime buildup, run an empty dishwasher with vinegar, Lime Away, or Jet Dry in the detergent compartment. Even one packet of lemonade Kool-Aid does the trick!
Microwave interior: Microwave two cups of water with lemon slices or lemon juice for three minutes. Let it sit for another five to steam clean the microwave and loosen the gunk inside. Wipe down the interior with a wet cloth and some dish soap. Rinse with clean water for a spotless finish.
Trashcan: Hose down the trashcan outside or in the bathtub. Then, sprinkle a few teaspoons of baking soda in the bottom to keep the can stink-free before lining it with a new trash bag.
Cabinets: Clean door fronts with an all-purpose cleaner. Finish with wood polish for a beautiful shine and prolonged protection.
Floor: Sweep first, but don’t stop there. Mop with warm water only to see if you can remove stuck on food and other stains without detergent. If needed, add a bit of dish soap to the water and gently scrub the trouble spots. One cup of vinegar to one gallon of water is effective for wood laminate floors.
Deep cleaning your kitchen every year revitalizes the space and makes you love your kitchen more than ever. Try out these tips today and share your favorites in the comments below!