Baking Soda Cleaning

Baking soda cleaning is a great alternative to using commercial cleaning products.

Baking soda makes a great multi-purpose cleaner, is non-toxic and is wonderfully cheap, especially when purchased in bulk. Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda has a great many uses besides cleaning, such as cooking and medical uses.

Kitchen Uses

To remove juice stains from your countertop, sprinkle a little baking soda onto a damp sponge or cloth. Rub the juice stain with the cloth using a circular motion. For stubborn juice stains, pour the baking soda onto the stain and then use a damp cloth to rub this in a circular motion.

Sprinkle baking soda into the bottom of pots and pans, with burnt-on food. Add hot water and then leave this overnight to soak. The burnt-on food will come off very easily. Wash as usual.

In a bucket, add some baking soda to your wash water to clean the inside and outside of your refrigerator. This removes odors and makes your fridge smell fresh.

Use baking soda mixed in warm water to clean your kitchen garbage pail. Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of the garbage bag to remove odor.

To remove grease spills or black scuffmarks off the kitchen floor, baking soda cleaning does a great job. Just sprinkle baking soda on the spill or stain and rub with a damp, warm cloth.

Clean silverware by making a paste of one part water to three parts baking soda. Use a soft cloth to rub the paste onto the silverware. Wash the silverware in warm water and then use a soft cloth to dry.

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Removing Stubborn Oven Stains

Maintaining a clean conventional oven involves carefully wiping up any spills after the oven has cooled using a cloth and hot water. Food spills should not build up if you perform this cleaning regularly, but if you do have a stubborn caked-on spill or just general buildup, you will need to really clean the oven. Some cleaning experts recommend using baking soda as a gentle way to clean the oven. The oven cleaning tips using the baking soda method are:

Place 3 tablespoons of baking soda in an empty spray bottle.

Fill the bottle with water, and shake the bottle until the baking soda dissolves in the water.

Spray the baking soda mixture on the stains and spills in a cold oven.

Use your oven as you normally would, spraying the baking soda mixture onto stains between uses. Don’t worry about the way it looks; it will look like a mess at this point.

After several days of spraying, when your oven is cool, wipe the baking soda and spills with a damp cloth. The baking soda mixture will bond with the carbon in the burned spill and make it easy to remove.

For really stubborn spills, you may have to purchase a commercial cleaner such as Easy Off oven cleaner. Be sure to wear gloves and ventilate the room when using this type of cleaner.

House Cleaning - Kitchen Cleaning Tips


The most important rule in keeping a clean kitchen (or any room in your home) is to clean up as you go along, establish and maintain certain daily standards. I have a sign in my kitchen that reads, “If you spill it, wipe it up.” This is crucial to keeping a clean kitchen! Spills and splatters left to dry can become a nightmare to clean. Use a damp rag to wipe up after yourself as you cook. Teach your children (and husband!) to do the same.

Before you begin cleaning your kitchen, scan the room. Gather everything that does not belong there - yesterday’s paper, ballet slippers, your scrapbooking supplies - and return them to their homes. Next, look for things that do belong in the kitchen but don’t belong out - jar of peanut butter, box of cereal, gadgets - and put them away. Be sure to check for items that you keep out on the counter but you don’t use regularly. For instance, my friend gave me a Belgium waffle maker for Christmas three years ago (which I’m sure I used no more than three times) but there it sat on my counter day after day, taking up space and collecting dust. Last week, I finally made it a new home in a cabinet above my refrigerator. If you have an appliance sitting on your countertop that you don’t use at least once a week, for goodness sakes give yourself more counter space and put that bad boy in a cupboard!

First, load your dishwasher. You know the old saying, “Never go to bed angry.”? Start living by a new saying, “Never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.” Be sure to put away clean dishes and pots and pans. As with cleaning any room in your home, you want to start high and work your way down. Begin by dusting ceiling fans, light fixtures and anything on your walls. Next, use a damp rag to wipe off the top of your refrigerator. Move on to the fronts of your cabinets, followed by your countertops, your stove, your sink and then your oven and dishwasher. Of course, your floor is last.

Fronts of cabinets

Spray a damp rag with all purpose kitchen cleaner and wipe fronts of cabinets from top to bottom. Spot wipe regularly for splatters and fingerprints. Wipe down the front and sides of your refrigerator in the same manner.

Countertops:
Again, spray a damp rag with all purpose kitchen cleaner and wipe countertops. Lift up anything on the counter and wipe under it, wipe down small appliances as you go. Don’t forget to empty your toaster!

Microwave:
If you wipe out your microwave after each use, this will never be a problem area of your kitchen. Use window cleaner on a damp rag to wipe the inside and outside of microwave. If there are dried, stuck on unidentified items inside, boil a bowl of water in the microwave - the steam will help to loosen them - making it much easier to clean. Funky smell? Rub the inside down with a half a lemon, let sit, then wipe.

Stove

Remove grills, burner plates and rings from stove and place in sink. Spray them down with a cleaning product that contains a degreaser and let them sit 15-20 minutes before scrubbing. Remove knobs on stove top and oven and clean with warm, soapy water. An old toothbrush is great for getting the gunk out. Wipe down stove top, hood and front of oven with a damp rag and all purpose cleaner.

Sink

Your sink should be wiped out after each use. You can use any all purpose kitchen cleaner to clean your sink. I like to use powdered cleanser. Use an old toothbrush to clean behind faucet and around knobs.

Oven:
I am so envious of those who have self-cleaning ovens. There are a zillion oven cleaning products on the market; I find the cheaper brands work just as well. Be sure to read all directions carefully and to wear rubber gloves. This is, by far, the messiest job in the kitchen.

Dishwasher

Sprinkle baking soda on a wet rag and work into a paste to remove spots and build-up from the inside of your dishwasher, wipe with a clean, damp rag. Use window cleaner or all purpose on the face on your dishwasher.

The Floor

Sweep your floor first. I like to use the attachment on my vacuum to get into little corners and under cabinets also. The product you use to mop your kitchen floor is dependant of the type of floor you have. I like to use white vinegar and water on my tile floor. As far as I know, white vinegar and water is a safe cleaning solution no matter what type of floor you have. Before using a floor cleaning product, be sure to read the label carefully and make sure it’s suited for your floor type.

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In the Kitchen

For more effective dishwashing, add a few tablespoons of vinegar along with the dishwashing detergent when washing dishes. The vinegar cuts the grease and leaves dishes sparkling.

To clean up spills in your oven, sprinkle the spills immediately with salt. When the oven has cooled, brush away the burnt-on food with a damp sponge.

To remove hard-water and lime build-up in a teapot or kettle, pour in two cups of vinegar and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, then rinse well.

To remove mineral deposits in a tea pot or burnt spots on a coffee pot, put some ice cubes, cut-up lemon, and salt with a tad water and swish around and let sit overnight.

To whiten an old stained sink, poor a half cup of salt in it and then scrub it with a lemon. Let it stand for a few minutes and rinse.

To remove skid marks on linoleum rub the spot with toothpaste before washing the floor.

To keep your plastic containers from getting stained from tomato based foods, rub the inside with vegetable oil before placing the food in the container.

Kitchen surfaces: Mix in spray bottle, 1 part ammonia to 3 parts water. Or try diluted bleach solution in a spray bottle. It will remove stains AND disinfect.

Removing kitchen and food odors: Soak pure vanilla on a cotton ball and place in a saucer. Put the saucer in the car or refrigerator to remove odors. Keep cotton ball out of reach of children as it contains some alcohol.

Odor producing mold and bacteria in garbage cans: sprinkle 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the garbage can.

Cleaning coffee maker: Pour straight vinegar into it as if you are making the coffee, no filter is need. Turn coffee maker on as if you were making a pot of coffee. Repeat this with a new batch of vinegar until it runs clear of calcium deposits.

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