Tuesday, May 31, 2016

how to clean your kitchen

Despite the kitchen being the heart of your home, it gets dirty easily and fast. Cleaning up the kitchen is actually the downside of cooking at home. The kitchen can get out of hand really quickly if neglected. You don’t have to wait for the weekend for your thorough cleaning of the kitchen. Deep cleaning can be done with as little as 20 minutes daily, provided one has the effective tips of a successful kitchen cleaning exercise. I’d recommend using a professional home cleaning services for anyone who is lazy like me! HOW OFTEN SHOULD KITCHEN CLEANING BE DONE?
It is highly recommended to carry out the cleaning process daily. However the need to clean different appliances may vary in regularity. The following is a classification of how different appliances need cleaning attention. Appliances to be cleaned daily
  • Ensure to wipe down the sink after loading the dishwasher or doing the dishes.
  • Clean the stove top.
  • Wipe down all the counters.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor.
Weekly cleaning
  • Mopping the floor.
  • Wiping the backs-plashes and cabinets.
  • Washing your dish rack.
  • Wiping the interior of the garbage can.
Seasonal cleaning
  • Emptying the fridge and scrub it down.
  • Emptying the interiors of the utensil drawers and clean them.
  • Scrubbing down the exteriors and interiors of the cupboard and the cabinet.
  • The stove-hood filter should also be cleaned seasonally
 

WHAT ARE THE PRODUCTS TO USE IN THE CLEANING EXERCISE?

Natural products such as baking soda, herbs and essential oils have been widely used in kitchen cleaning due to their antibacterial properties. Natural products like Lemon-grass, Tea tree, Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus, Oregano, Lavender and Sage contain strong antimicrobial properties which make them very effective in cleaning. Some of the commercial cleaners include;
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • facial cleanser
  • toothpaste
  • exfoliant
  • silver cleaner
  • kitty litter
  • kitchen cleaner
  • fabric softener
 

WHAT’S THE PERFECT CLEANING METHOD THAT WILL LEAVE SPLASH BACKS AND SURFACES SPARKLING?

A successful cleaning process involves having the surfaces sparkling. An ideal way of ensuring the surfaces remain sparkling is employing shampoo and using cleaning materials that are well washed. You may also use a paste made from blending water and baking soda to wipe the surfaces. Ensure to dry the surfaces well after cleaning and this should be done using a clean and dry piece of cloth or sponge.

TIPS ON KEEPING ODOURS AT BAY

Some smells may be a bit nasty and challenging to get rid of in the kitchen. The following simple tips will guide you into keeping odours at bay effectively.
      1. Keep your fridge clean
     
Your refrigerator should be cleaned regularly. After emptying the fridge, mix 3 tablespoons of baking powder in a spraying bottle and use it to clean the interior of the fridge.
      1. Clean your drains
     
Garbage disposals and drains tend to trap bad smell in them. You may pour 3 tablespoons of baking soda in the drain on a monthly basis to keep it clear.
      1. Freshen up your bin
     
The bin can harbour germs which results in bad smell. Use water, vinegar or a germ killing disinfectant on the garbage and recycling bins to keep them clean and odour free.
      1. Make ovens and stovetops shine
     
Food spills and grease on stovetops and in ovens can become very smelly. Scrub the stovetop using vinegar and water to eliminate grime and grease.
    1. Keep sponges fresh
  Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria which causes bad smell. It is therefore important to ensure that they are fresh and in good shape to keep the bad smell at bay.

 

HOW TO GET RID OF DRIPPING SAUCE BOTTLE STAINS FROM CUPBOARD SHELVES AND OTHER AREAS?

Use the following tips on each of the following areas to get rid of the stains successfully; Cupboards (inside and out)
  • Sand the surface lightly using a fine grit sandpaper.
  • Make frequent pauses to wipe the dust away.
  • This process should be repeated until the stains within and outside the cupboard are eliminated.
Ovens It is advisable make a cleaning paste by mixing baking soda and water for stain removal from the oven. Wipe the oven using the paste and use a clean and damp cloth to dry the oven. Stoves and Rangehoods Mix 1 tablespoon of salt and one of baking soda. Add a tablespoon of water to make a stove cleaning paste. You may then dip a rag into the paste and use it to scrub the stains away. Pour the paste on overflows since it absorbs liquid to eliminate stains caused by food spilling. Fridges Empty your fridge and wipe the interior well with a sponge. Baking soda is ideal for this exercise since it absorbs the “fridge smell” that occurs. Dishwashers
  • Remove the filter and soak it in warm and soapy water for about ten minutes before replacing.
  • Pour a single cup of vinegar in the empty dishwasher and run a thorough clean cycle.
  • Sprinkle a cup of baking soda into the dishwasher’s bottom and leave it overnight.
  • Scrub the remaining dirty areas gently using a toothbrush
Kitchen sinks Empty the sink and use soapy water and a sponge to wipe the sink after completing your dishwashing process. Use a damp piece of cloth to dry the sink and leave it sparkling. Floors – wood and tile Making an all-natural Hardwood floor cleaner is easy. Moreover the cleaner is very effective in floor cleaning. The natural floor cleaner is a mixture that includes a cup of Vinegar, 2 tablespoons of dawn dish soap and warm water.
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Procrastination Crafting Recovery

 
  I have officially moved to my yearly home for the Holidays, a small apartment I keep in a place I like to call Losin’ My Shit, Overwhelmed. Population? ME. Because that’s exactly what I do every year at this time.   I LOVE the Holidays! I love the spirit of giving, the atmosphere of joy and goodwill towards my fellow man, and all the other crap they sing about in the music blaring out of the speakers at the mall. I start gettin’ in seasonal groove of things, thinking about all the people I want to show how much I love them, and then? It all goes south.   Being a world class procrastinator, I inevitably wait until the
calendar flips to December and the whole friggin’ world starts its countdown to the 25th before I even begin to think about what I want to give to those special folks in my life. And since I’m all about gifts from the heart (and being able to pay December and January’s house payment), I like to make things for those special people.   Which brings us to today – the morning I woke up with a boulder sized lump in the pit of my stomach. I lay there in the dark, sweating the realization that the days are ticking by and I already don’t have enough hours in a day to breathe, let alone room for 12 hour craft-a-paloozas every day for the next 22, and I don’t have half the supplies I’ll need anyway!   Which would be why I’ve got at least 15 different gifts in various stages of production…FROM 2013! I could just finish them for this year, but I don’t even remember what half of them are or where I stuck all the pieces so I wouldn’t lose ‘em.   I gave up digging for the missing components after the time I discovered stuff from projects that were started when I only had three kids. (Did I mention #4 will be 20 in two days?) I was so upset about my apparent craft-hoarding problem that I was thrown into a tailspin that lasted a week, totally blowing my chances to make anyone anything and setting my procrastination period back an entire 12 months.
  I still haven’t recovered.   This year I’m thinking about taking the first step in Holiday Procrastination Crafting Recovery. I’m seriously considering rounding up all the DIY crap in the house, dividing it up into boxes and sprinkling the contents liberally with glitter. For the finishing touch I can add cards that say, “This year I’m giving you the sense of the pride and satisfaction that comes from knowing you made it yourself!”   I could probably even find directions for projects on Pinterest to throw in for good measure. OR I could add something to the card about the whimsy and wonder of using your imagination…
  Damn! I’m feeling better already!   Taking this route will even free up enough time for me to make everyone personalized 2014 Holiday Ornaments I can toss in on top of the glitter. All I need are a few items from the craft store, about 12 more hours in the day, and I’m totally set!