Vinegar isn’t just a great product to have on hand for use in the kitchen. It can also be used to clean many household items.
- Cleaning Window Blinds—To easily clean your blinds without recirculating dust, combine equal parts hot tap water and white vinegar. Dip a cotton-gloved finger into the solution, and then slide it along each blind. After every few swipes, dip the glove into clean water to rinse.
- Cleaning Water Rings Off Furniture—If a glass has left a water ring on your coffee table, combine equal parts olive oil and vinegar, and gently wipe the table with a soft cloth. Afterward, use a dry cloth for added shine. For leather furniture, soak a sponge in undiluted white vinegar and gently dab the area.
- Bringing Rugs Back to Life—To restore the look of your rugs, dip a clean push broom into a solution of 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Brush the push broom along the rugs, and there’s no need to rinse the rugs after application. To prevent an accumulation of mildew on the bottom of a rug, mist the back with a spray bottle of undiluted white vinegar.
- Brightening Brickwork—To polish your brick fireplace or any other brick surface, mix 1 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water. Dip a cloth into the solution and go over the bricks.
- Hiding Scratches in Wood Furniture—To hide unsightly scratches in wood furniture, mix iodine and either distilled or cider vinegar in a jar. Use an artist’s brush to paint over the scratch. For darker woods, use more iodine, and for lighter woods, use more vinegar.
- Making Wood Paneling Sparkle—To renew the look of your wood paneling, mix 1 pint of warm water, 4 tablespoons of either white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a container. Shake the container a couple of times, and then apply the solution with a clean cloth. Allow the mixture to soak into the wood for a few minutes, and then use a dry cloth to polish.
- Cleaning Piano Keys—To get fingerprints and stains off your piano keys, make a solution of ½ cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and ring out the cloth until it doesn’t drip. Wipe each key gently, and then use a second cloth to dry each key immediately afterward. Leave your keyboard uncovered to dry completely for 24 hours.
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Metal kitchenware always looks so shiny and inviting when you see them on the store. They are so irresistible that you buy them without a thought. After a while, though, the shine fades and you are faced with the unappealing task of cleaning them. Cleaning brass or copper kitchenware does take some effort but it really isn’t all that complicated. Here are some tips regarding the materials you need and the steps you have to follow when cleaning them:
Have the Cleaning Materials Ready
For copper, prepare a cloth-based scouring pad and copper cleanser. Go to the hardware store and ask the sales people about these. Don’t use a very rough pad as it might damage the surfaces. Cloth is the best material for polishing these things. As for brass, collect some household items like vinegar, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Find a used toothbrush that you no longer need and mild dish soap. Have plenty of clean water on standby.
Submerge the brass items in a strong solution of either vinegar water or lemon water. Let the acid work its way to the dirt on the surfaces. Leave them in this state for up to two hours. After this long acid treatment, get the items and begin to wash using the mild liquid soap. It’s best to use soft toothbrush as it is small enough to get to hard to reach surfaces. Once you are satisfied with the dirt removal, rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.
Soak the copper pieces in water then take them out. Get the cleaning powder and add bit of water. Mix until you create a paste. Use the cloth pad to apply this paste on the copper surfaces. Work your way carefully through each one. Give them a few minutes to allow the chemicals to lift the dirt but be careful to prevent drying. Scrub them again, rinse with water, and dry with a clean cloth. Keep your brash shiny with the help of olive oil. Rub a thin layer to prevent tarnishing.
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The strainer or sieve is definitely one of the most widely used kitchen accessories, but it is also the most commonly ignored one when it comes to cleaning and maintenance of the same. We start to notice that our strainers or sieves need to be cleaned only when we notice those ugly hard debris that get lodged near the perforations. It is recommended to clean out the strainers from time to time so that the debris would not build up. Some of the things that you’ll require for conducting such a task are: dish soap, scrub brush, sink plug or a large bowl, an old toothbrush and a kitchen towel.
The very first thing that you need to do is to plug the sink and fill it up to 60% of its capacity. Alternatively, you can use a large bucket or pot, whichever is preferable to you for cleaning strainers and sieves. Next, mix a bit of the dish soap into the water to create a frothy and soapy water. Now, put the sieve or strainer into the soapy solution and allow it to soak for fifteen minutes or so. This will loosen up the hard residue and make it easy to clean. After that, dip your brush into the soapy water and begin scrubbing the strainer. Additionally, you can also use your old toothbrush to scrub the hard to reach places. However, do make sure you sterilize the toothbrush first before using it.
Sometimes, when one has not engaged in cleaning strainers and sieves for a long time then the debris would be very stubborn. In such a scenario, one can use a kitchen towel for deep cleaning. Simply hold the towel against the outside of the area to be cleaned and scrub the inside part with the brush vigorously against the towel. Also, it is important to ensure that you rotate the sieve while cleaning it so that you can thoroughly clean the entire surface of the sieve. Once you are satisfied with the cleaning process, you can rinse the sieve or strainer under running tap water and then allow it to air dry.
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Keeping the kitchen clean is important for cooks, especially when prepping food for cooking. Plastic or wooden cutting boards are used in most kitchens. Cleaning them is a challenge since using chemicals is not the favorite choice for everyone, making a natural method of cleaning have a lot of appeal. To clean cutting boards naturally, you’ll need several common items. These methods are preferable to using water and dishwashing detergent to clean a wooden cutting board, because these elements actually weaken the wood fibers.
Natural and effective cleansers include coarse salt such as sea salt and a whole lemon; white vinegar and baking soda; and white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. All of these combinations disinfect and deodorize the board. Even though these elements are more natural they kill dangerous bacteria: E. coli, Staphylococcus and Salmonella.
When using either of these cleaning elements, you’ll need to follow certain steps. For instance when cleaning your cutting boards with sea salt and whole lemon, you can make a paste and rub it into the board or you can sprinkle salt on the board and rub lemon into the surface. Let the mixture stand for a short while and then scrape of the surface. What is scraped off the board may appear gray and offensive. It’s just the lemon reacting to the food juices and particles left on the board. The residue from the surface should be scraped off and dumped into the trash.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Cleaning Method
Another method of cleaning you might choose to use is spreading baking soda over the surface of your cutting board and then spraying white vinegar over it. When the two substances begin to clean, they will create bubbles or foam on the surface. After that happens, it’s safe to rinse the board and allow it to dry for further use.
To clean cutting boards naturally wipe down the surface with a paper towel saturated with vinegar. Follow the first wipe down with a second wipe down. Saturate another paper towel with peroxide and wipe down the cutting board a second time.
All of these methods leave your cutting boards free of bacteria and smelling fresh. They are more natural than the harsh chemical cleansers that are available and your cutting boards will last longer.
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The kitchen is the heart of many homes. It is among the most used rooms of the house and probably has the most germs. You can keep the kitchen clean by doing some simple tasks every day. The following kitchen cleaning guide highlights some of the tasks you can do to keep your kitchen sparkling every day.
On a Daily Basis
There are a number of important things that most people find tiresome to do or don’t see the necessity of doing them. If you want to maintain a clean kitchen, do the following regularly:
- Wash all the dirty dishes as they are used. Don’t let them accumulate in the sink.
- Wash the sink thoroughly (preferably using hot water to remove oil).
- Run the dish washer as required.
- Clean the counters to avoid attracting unwanted bugs.
- Put out a clean rag and hand towel for the next day.
- Empty both the dish washer and dish drainer.
- Sweep the floor.
- Put a clean garbage bag in the waste bin and empty the bin every day before you go to bed. This helps remove bad odor and pests from the kitchen.
Some kitchen tasks don’t necessarily have to be done daily but can be done weekly. The tasks include:
- Clean outside all the kitchen appliances.
- Thoroughly clean inside the microwave.
- Sort through the leftovers in the fridge.
- Replace dirty wash and hand towels with clean ones. Remember to wash the dirty towels.
- Clean the faucets and disinfect the sink thoroughly.
- Mop the floors (add antiseptic and detergent in the water you’ll use).
This is when you’ll be required to do everything thoroughly. Most of the difficult chores are done at the end of every month. They include:
- Taking inventory of the items found in the pantry.
- Cleaning the dish drainer’s drip pan.
- Spot cleaning the grout.
- Removing everything from the fridge before cleaning it.
- Inventorying the food in the freezer as you sort out what needs to be eaten soon, tossed away or restocked.
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