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Top Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Updated on November 15, 2011
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Cleaning the kitchen is a daily routine, at least at my house. Sometimes i wish it wasn't so, but with a family full of healthy eaters, maintaining our health and holding onto some of our money is important to me. That is so we can do a few fun things, so cleaning is a necessary part of my routine.

Don't get me wrong, i take breaks, but i still seem to be wiping something down in the kitchen everyday, whether i have cooked or not. No big deal, i just grab a damp cloth, which has been dipped in a solution of vinegar and water,then i wipe everything down.

You don't have to spend lots of time in the kitchen, especially if you do a thorough cleaning at least once a week. You know, like washing walls or tile, mopping, or spraying down counter tops, etc with your heavy duty cleaner.

It is always a good idea to be prepared. Making a batch of solutions that assist you in your cleaning is vital to getting in and out of the kitchen quickly, with the feeling that you have accomplished great things.

My two pet peeves involve a dirty kitchen and a dirty bathroom, i am a fanatic about those areas being clean and germ free, at least as much as possible. So, I pretty much spend most of my cleaning time in the kitchen and in the bathroom just because they are typically the most dirtiest areas of any house loaded with lots of bacteria.

It is the bacteria that we are all trying to keep in check and to me these two areas breed the most, so they need to be the cleanest, at least in my humble opinion. Because buying already made chemical solutions can be toxic and expensive, i believe they should be used at a minimum or not at all but that choice is up to the one who does the cleaning.

So, during those times when you do not need your heavy arsenal of cleaners, i suggest you go ahead and use solutions that can be easily found in your kitchen cabinets. Since some of these products are vital in cooking and baking as well.

Quick tips for everyday solutions.

  1. Solution of hydrogen peroxide and water
  2. vinegar and water
  3. baking soda and water
  4. vinegar and baking soda
  5. bleach and water
  6. sea salt and water
  7. lemon and water

Making these solutions up in advance is a great time saver. So, go ahead and pick up a few spray bottles, or recycle some jars and fill them with your chosen solution.

It is also a good idea to keep rags made up of old, recycled cotton t-shirts ( the lighter colors are the best), towels, and old sheets. Using clean old socks are a good way to give these garments a second life, as well.

Having your cleaning items separated, up stairs and down stairs helps on cleaning days. It also aids in the length of time you spend on any particular task.

Wiping down walls, tiles, stove tops and anything coated with grease with vinegar, makes clean up quick and easy. Once you get over the initial intense smell of the vinegar you will find that it is your best cleaning agent in your arsenal.

As well as being a good cleaner, it helps with stinky odors, after it's smell dissipates.

Baking soda is another good scrubbing agent, yet it is not abrasive, so go ahead and stock up. Besides all of it's other great uses it is a good cleaner.

Top three solution picks.

  1. Vinegar and water
  2. vinegar and baking soda
  3. baking soda and water

These are my top three only because they are a constant staple in my kitchen. I have also proven their effectiveness on a more consistent basis than the others. Although i have used all the solutions i have suggested, vinegar and baking soda are my 'go to' products.

They are my 'go to' because i use them in many other various areas as well, like baking, cooking and personal hygiene. At the end of the day i find myself saving lots of money and feeling as if i have done an awesome thing.

Remember you are also helping your environment as well as protecting yourself from chemicals that your body may not be able to process properly.



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      Celiegirl 6 years ago

      Much appreciation The Dirt Farmer, that pie crust sounds good i will have to try it during all of my Christmas baking. Thanks!

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      You're welcome, Celie. I added a link to this hub in the first paragraph of my vinegar pie crust hub, too. Hope we both get some traffic going on! Take care, DF

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      Celiegirl 6 years ago

      Thanks to you The Dirt Farmer!

      Thanks nancynurse- the great thing about using these products are that they can be used anywhere, but i use baking soda in the toilet, on the stove top and to vacuum my rug.

      I use Vinegar everywhere, especially on glass items and with my dishes.

      Thanks HendrikDB, i keep learning, so i keep sharing.

      Thanks guys!!!

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      HendrikDB 6 years ago

      Good tips - thanks!

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      Nancy McClintock 6 years ago from Southeast USA

      Enjoyed reading. Would love to know what you use for each cleaner. I am a fanatic too about cleanliness. You have some good ideas. Not sure where to use each product. Thanks for writing.

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Awesome, economical tips! Voted up & useful. Thanks, Celiegirl.