Cookie sheets endure some of the worst wear and tear of any kitchen equipment, but a simple combo of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and time can make them shine like new. Simply sprinkle baking soda across the sheet, then add hydrogen peroxide.
Once both are applied, let the sheet sit for about two hours before wiping clean.
All-natural and affordable, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mix to form a multifunctional cleaner capable of being utilized as a surface cleaner, hand sanitizer, and toilet disinfectant. It simply calls for two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part baking soda.
For almost any cleaning need, from laundry to removing carpet stains, this dynamic duo gets it done.
The next time you need to clean your dishwasher, take a mug, fill it a little over halfway with vinegar, and set it upright in the upper rack. Set your appliance to a normal wash, but be sure to use extra-hot water.
As the vinegar wafts through your dishwasher, it breaks down all the residue that has built up over time, allowing your machine to clean itself off.
Old toothbrushes make fantastic cleaning utensils, and they work perfectly on a dirty sink. Just throw some baking soda down in your sink, wet your old toothbrush, and use it to scrub out your sink.
After you’ve scrubbed, rinse your sink and see how it sparkles.
Grease and gunk on your oven makes cooking a little too gross for comfort, but such residue often takes a bit of elbow grease to remove. One simple trick – leaving a bowl filled with ammonia in your oven overnight – should make the process much easier.
As the ammonia fumes waft through the oven, residue starts to soften, allowing you to easily wipe over it with a sponge.
Inexplicably, the gaskets in your refrigerator door accumulate food and debris, and cleaning them presents a bit of a challenge. To get into those hard-to-reach indents in the gaskets, first wash off your seals using soap and warm water.
Once you’ve wet the gasket, take a butter knife and wrap a rag around it or something like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, if you aren’t looking forward to washing the rag. Then softly move the knife through the grooves in the gasket to remove any gunk. You can wipe them with lemon or even mineral oil for a finishing touch to keep the material flexible.
With just baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap, you can clear up a greasy kitchen in a snap. Simply measure out each of the ingredients – 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap, 1/4 cup baking soda – and add them to a bucket full of warm water.
Voilà – you now possess an excellent floor cleaner costing extremely little time and money.
What sounds counterproductive – using oil to clean up oil – actually works fabulously when it comes to your stovetop. When your stove gets covered in oil residue, simply take a paper towel or cloth and dab a bit of mineral oil on it. The mineral oil attracts the oil buildup on your surfaces, allowing it to come off easily.
Plus, once you finish and softly wipe your surfaces down, the remaining mineral oil creates a light layer that helps keep future oil splatters from sticking as strongly.
The interior of your oven door might have eluded you until now. After you take off the panel from the bottom of the door, wrap a cleaning wipe around an old wire hanger and send it up through the opening.
Use the hanger to slide the wipe along the glass – you’ll be able to clean a surface that would otherwise be out of reach.
For casserole dishes made dirty by lasagna and other messy meals, a bit of aluminum foil can do the cleaning trick. Simply take a crumpled-up piece of foil – even a used one – and start scrubbing with soap and water.
This trick also works great for other glass surfaces in your house, such as shower doors.
When you clean your refrigerator, you should always check the status of the coils located at the bottom of your appliance. The fridge filters out warm air through these coils, and the dirtier they get, the harder the machine must work to keep your food fresh.
To clean them, remove the cover grill in front of the coils, then vacuum the space using a crevice tool.
The next time you clean your toaster, try using a pastry brush. As you take your toaster apart to clean it, the pastry brush can assist with clearing debris out of nooks and crannies in your appliance.
This way, you won’t have to tolerate the smell of burnt crumbs any longer.
The nicest cutting boards are wooden ones, but they also require the most upkeep to prevent them from becoming disgusting. Fortunately, with a few standard household items, you can help restore your cutting board to its former glory.
First, a combo of vinegar and water followed by hydrogen peroxide disinfects the board. Once you dry it off, cover the board in sea salt and let it sit. Next, use lemon slices to scrub the salt into the board, then rinse and dry. You can also oil the board in mineral oil to preserve its cleanliness.
Stove burners accumulate gunk and debris over time that becomes difficult to remove as they’re constantly getting heated and cooled. Rather than scrub them down vigorously – a cumbersome activity – place them sturdy food storage bags, like the Glad Zipper 2-in-1 Gallon, filled with ammonia.
Let the burners sit in the bags for a day. When you take them out, simply rinse and wipe them down.
Microwaves get gross after a while, and this simple trick helps you change that. Take a soaked sponge and set it in your microwave. Spray a bottle filled with water and lemon essential oil on the interior of your appliance. Leaving the sponge in the microwave, set the appliance for two minutes.
Let the sponge cool a bit, then use it to wipe down the microwave.
Not everyone cleans their dishes immediately after using them, often resulting in hard-to-clean food residue being left behind. Rather than scrub until your arms fall off, you can soak a dish in the sink with a dryer sheet inside it.
After you wait a few hours, dump out the dirty water and rinse your dish off. This is especially helpful for stubborn casserole dishes.
Garbage disposals are a difficult space to clean, but a simple cleaning hack involving lemons and vinegar can help reduce its odors. In an ice tray, add a slice of lemon to each indentation, then add vinegar. Place the tray in the freezer until solid; once solid, pop the cubes out and keep them in a freezer-safe plastic bag.
Now whenever you run your disposal, throw one of these cubes down to clean and freshen it up.
To preemptively take action against spills in your fridge, use cling film or Glad Press’n Seal on each shelf. Should you spill something, merely take out the wrap in your refrigerator and replace it with a fresh layer.
You’ll no longer have to worry about crying over spilt milk.
Grills are a tough device to clean, but onions – life’s little tearjerkers – can make the process much easier. As your grill heats up, rub a cut onion over the grate to loosen up stubborn grime and grit from previous cookouts.
If done correctly, your food likely won’t stick to the grill.
Though only used for boiling water, electric kettles accumulate minerals from water during repeated use. To clean out your electric kettle, add vinegar and water to the pot and turn it on. Once brought to a boil, allow the solution to cool.
Once it cools down, you can scrub the inside of your kettle with a bottle brush or microfiber cloth.
For stainless steel pots and pans that lose their sheen or develop stains from repeated use, Bar Keepers Friend, a timeless cleaning agent, comes in handy. Simply pour a bit of the cleaner on the pot or pan you wish to clean, add water, and scrub away.
In almost no time, you will have spotless stainless steel.
Instant Pots offer a great deal of convenience for any busy cook, but they get dirty quite fast and often develop off-putting odors. To combat a smelly Instant Pot, place lemon peels in the pot along with vinegar and water. Set it to “steam” for a short time – only two minutes.
After you’ve steamed the appliance, take out the sealing ring and leave the pot to dry on its own.
To maintain your cast-iron pans, clean them using kosher salt. After you’re done cooking, add a cup of kosher salt to the pan and wipe it down with a towel. Once finished, rinse it with hot water and dry it.
Your favorite pan will look almost as good as new.
Range hood filters tend to get overlooked when you clean, often leading to them becoming extra dirty. To quickly and efficiently clean your filter, simply boil water in a pot large enough to hold at least one side of the filter. Add baking soda to the boiling water, but do so slowly to avoid excessive fizzing.
After adding all the baking soda, place the filter in the pot and monitor the grease as it comes off. Do the same to the other side of the filter, and when it appears clean, run it under hot water.
Cleaning and usage both wear down granite countertops over time, and you may want to restore a bit of that original glossy sheen. After the next time you clean your countertop – which usually only requires warm water and soap – add a bit of cooking oil to a cloth and lightly rub it across the granite.
Not only does the oil give the counter a bit of gloss, but it also supposedly helps keep it stain-resistant.