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Cleaning Hacks for Your Kitchen

Guess how much we spend on cleaning products in the UK? £1 billion a year with sales soaring during spring cleaning time. But you don’t need commercial cleaning products to clean everything in your kitchen.

Cooking odours – have you burnt something or is there a lingering smell of fish or curry in your kitchen? Boil a cup of distilled white vinegar and a couple of cloves in an uncovered saucepan for a few minutes. Unwanted cooking smells will be banished.

Sparkling saucepans – burnt on stains from pans are easily removed with cheap own brand cola. Just pour the cola into the pan to cover the burnt area. Boil, stir, remove from heat and pour away. The burnt residue should be removed. Then rinse and wipe clean.

Kettle limescale – place large chunks of lemon in the kettle then fill with water and boil. Leave the mixture overnight and the next morning discard the lemons and water, rinse thoroughly. Your kettle should be limescale free.

Cleaning a microwave – is the inside of your microwave full of food deposits? Mix half a cup of lemon juice and a cup of boiling water in a bowl and place in microwave. Set the microwave to ‘cook’ for 30 seconds on high setting. Carefully remove the hot bowl, now you can easily wipe the inside of the microwave using a damp cloth.

Burned on grime on a glass oven door – using a bicarbonate of soda with a tiny amount of water mix a thick paste. Wearing rubber gloves, rub the paste on the inside of the door using a cloth. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash the paste off. The paste works wonders on burned on food on a hob too.

Smelly fridge – cut a lemon in half and scoop out the flesh, fill one empty lemon shell with salt and place in a back corner of the fridge. You’ll get an effective, cheap but natural deodoriser.

Smelly sink – pour half a cup of bicarbonate of soda down the drain, followed by one or two cups of white vinegar. Leave for 10 minutes, rinse with boiling water.

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