Tricky Kitchen Cleaning Hints

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Tricky Kitchen Cleaning Hints

Tricky Kitchen Cleaning HintsThese Tricky Kitchen Cleaning Hints are hard to categorise – so I thought we’d do a post just for them!  Little hints that can make your life easier – because that’s what Stay at Home Mum is all about!

To Remove Coffee & Tea Stains from Cups (without using bleach!):

Add salt to a wet cup and let it soak for awhile – then clean as usual – they will look as good as new!

To Remove Calcium Build Up from a Kettle:

3/4 fill the kettle with fresh clean tap water and add 1/2 cup white vinegar, boil and let cool – and dispose of the water (or use to clean your microwave).  If the build up is particularly bad you may need to repeat.

Fridge a bit Stinky?

Open a new box of Bicarb (take the whole top off the box) and place right at the back of the fridge; it will absorb odours. Replace once every three months and dispose of the bicarb after use.  When cleaning your fridge, use some vanilla extract on a damp cloth to wipe the inside of your fridge; it gives it a lovely fresh smell.

Use Pump Dispensers

When washing up by hand, do the kids add WAYYYYY too much washing up liquid?  Transfer the liquid of your choice into a pump dispenser – the liquid will last much longer because it is a controlled amount used each time – well unless they keep pumping! You can pick up cheap pump dispensers from places like the $2 shop.

Washing Your Good Glasses

Have too many glasses with chips in them from washing up?  Next time, before you fill the sink with hot soapy water, line the sink with a clean tea towel – you may have to keep pushing it down the bottom of the sink when filling.  It gives the glasses a bit of a ‘cushion’ when washing them – preventing chips!

Keeping Kitchen Cloths Clean

Kitchen cloths/sponges can harbour bacteria, odour and all sorts of nasties.  Only ever use a kitchen cloth for one day, then either throw it in the washing machine with your towels, the top section of your dishwasher or pour a whole kettle full of boiling water over it, rinse well and hang in the sun to dry.  Plus it’s a good idea to have different colour cloths for different parts of the house. For example I use blue cloths in the kitchen, green in the bathroom, and yellow for everything else!  That way they never get confused and you lessen the chance of cross-contamination.

Remove Rust Stains from your Laminate Kitchen Benchtop

To remove rust stains on the benchtop mix up a thick paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice. Spoon the paste mixture onto the rust-stained benchtop and spread it around until the entire stain is covered by a thick layer of paste. Let the paste sit for about 10 – 15 minutes and then scrub the rust stain off with a wet sponge. Afterwards wipe clean with a damp sponge.

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Jody is the founder and essence of Stay at Home Mum. An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age had Jody harbouring dreams of being a pu...Read Moreblished author since primary school. That deep-seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM. Fast forward 4 years and a few thousand articles Jody has fulfilled her dream of being published in print. With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015's Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down. The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens. Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody's voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums. Read Less

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