Line your kitchen and bathroom cupboards with floor tiles. It looks attractive and it provides easy clean-up. Apply a cork tile to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door to pin take-out menus, shopping lists, tips, anything really.
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Cleaning the space over the cupboards where dust and grime accumulate can be some job to do. If you line the area with wax paper or paper towels, it makes the cleaning easier.
This tip is related to clean up after eating and cooking; it took me a lifetime to learn this lesson, and it's one of those things you have to experience to believe.
Home Improvement stores offer plastic putty knives in various sizes, sometimes a bagged variety pack of sizes. A small putty knife is a must have for your kitchen cleanup!
Regardless of how tired you are, resist the urge to leave your dishes dirty in the kitchen overnight. There is nothing more depressing than waking up to a dirty kitchen.
If you have a microwave or a fan above your stove, then this tip is for you. I put a towel in the door of my microwave to catch the steam.
After cleaning the tops of your cupboards in the kitchen, line them with newspaper. No one will see it up there and the next time cleaning will be so much easier!
Try placing a plastic tray under your mixer when baking. It will make the mixer easier to slide across the countertop and the tray will catch any spills.
Use peel and stick vinyl tiles to line your kitchen cupboards. They are inexpensive and wipe clean so easily.
When I make my own pie crust my counter gets messy with flour and hardened dough. So that I don't scratch the countertop, I use a plastic potato bag closure.
I am a big believer in cleaning a little bit at a time. While my coffee is dripping in the morning, I either wipe out my microwave, wipe around the sink, or check the refrigerator.
Wet a towel and wring it. Put a dab of dishwashing liquid soap in the centre. Rub to spread. Clean all your kitchen electrical appliances like steel, plastic toaster, kettle, or decoration pieces.
Daily, I fill my kitchen sink at the end of the day with hot water and about 1/2 cup of liquid lemon Lysol. I grab 2 rags, soak them in the hot lysol, squeeze out the excess water and wipe!
Keep a box of cheap tissues near your work space in the kitchen. For small spills and clean-ups, tissues are much cheaper than paper towels, even using several at a time.
The kitchen is a special challenge because of the variety of cleaning needs. Grease can be absorbed while still fresh by throwing a bit of cornstarch or baking soda right on the grease then wiping away when cleaning the rest of the kitchen.
Appliances: To shine chrome, use vinegar or window cleaner.
For cleaning, removing small bits of rust, and protecting kitchen tools and appliances, cooking spray works as well as the more expensive metal cleaners.
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What can I use to catch crumbs and spills between the countertop and stove? I heard oven guards work great, but where can I purchase one from?
I am using the guards and have good luck with them. The only problem I have is that they are shorter than my stove and the counters. They have a magnetic strip that you place next to your stove to keep them in place.
They can be purchased at stores such as Linen and Things, Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc.