29 March 2018

Five Tips on How to Keep Your Kitchen Grease Free

Whether you are a busy working mom or a single bachelor, you’ll agree that scrubbing a greasy kitchen is no simple task.

If you are looking to keep your kitchen grease free, here are 5 tips for you.

1.Kitchen hood

Cleaning greasy range hoods can be the least fun job in the kitchen. The range hood is a large fan housed in a structure suspended over the stove. It’s supposed to pull all the fumes from your stove top. The mixture of used cooking oil, fumes and particles from your food can get trapped in your hood. Over time, it becomes greasy.

Some indications that your kitchen’s range hood needs some maintenance include: the lights or buttons aren’t working, the motor is humming or is excessively loud, or smoke isn’t clearing from your kitchen.

Cleaning the range hood is simple and you only need a couple of minutes. The first step involves removing the filter and cleaning it. There are two kinds of filters: a charcoal filter and a metal filter.
The filters get rid of smoke and particles from the air before expelling it from your kitchen.

To remove the filter, look for a latch or loop. Next, dip the filter in a degreasing solution. Leave the grease to dissolve. Once all the grease has dissolved, leave it to dry before reattaching it.
The next step is cleaning the hood and the vent. To clean them you only need a household cleaning spray.

2. Microwave

It’s time to inspect your microwave closely if you’ve come to believe that microwaves are yellow in color instead of white.

Whether you are using a built-in or countertop, there are many ways to clean your microwave. Using lemon juice is perhaps the simplest. Place a cut lemon in a cup of water. Microwave until it steams.

Let the steam fill the microwave before turning it off. Go ahead and wipe the interior with clean paper towels.

Needless to say, the more you use your microwave oven, the more cleaning it requires. But if you want to keep it looking and smelling like new, cleaning it once every few weeks is an appropriate schedule.

3. Tile grout

Typically, grout, the filling between tiles, is white or light colored. Over time, grout becomes stained, dingy, dirty and discolored.

To bring back the sparkle to your tiles, you’ll need the following: a bucket, safety goggles, rubber gloves, a mop and a soft toothbrush.

Here are a couple of tips on grout cleaning:

  • Make a paste of baking soda and peroxide. This is recommended for stubborn stains on light colored grout. 
  • Spray shaving cream on stained grout. Scrub with a small brush after a few minutes. 
  • Use a silicone-based grout sealer and apply one or two coats to dry grout. 
  • Combine a small amount of white vinegar with baking soda. Next, use a soft toothbrush to scrub the grout off. Rinse with water. 

4. Wood panels

Grease can build up on wood paneling, dulling the sheen and reducing the quality of your kitchen’s overall look.

Here, you’ll need: several cleaning cloths, mineral oil, white vinegar, measuring cup, large spray bottle, vacuum with brush attachment and a microfiber dusting cloth.

Use a dry microfiber cleaning cloth to dust the paneling by wiping it. Use a vacuum cleaner if the microfiber cleaning cloth doesn’t remove all the dirt.

Next, add one-fourth of vinegar and half a cup of mineral oil to a spray bottle. Shake well.

Spray the mixture on wood panels and use a clean rag to rub it in. After you do this, bring out the shine of the paneling by buffing the panels with a clean, dry cloth.

5. Kitchen sink

Make it a ritual to clean your sink after washing the dishes, as the kitchen is a great place for germs to thrive. To clean your kitchen sink, you’ll need a sponge, rubber gloves, dish or castile soap, water, and baking soda.

Sprinkle baking soda on the sink then squirt a little castile soap onto your sponge. Next, add hot water and begin scrubbing. The whole process should take you around two minutes.

When the kitchen is clean, everything feels and smells better! Use these tried and tested tips to keep your kitchen grease free.

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