Top 10 Kitchen Cleaning Life Hacks & Win Dettol Products!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good cleaning tip for my kitchen. I’m always in there baking, cooking or eating! So keeping it clean and tidy is important. I’ve had a search around the web and gathered together my top 10 kitchen cleaning hacks for keeping your kitchen sparkling clean! I’ve tried to find tips that fit with a baker’s kitchen habits and kitchen supplies.

1. Dry out metal cookie cutters in the oven (source)
To avoid rusty cookie cutters, wash them promptly, then get them fully dry in a warm oven that has just been turned off. This is such a great tip that I will definitely be using.

2. Use flour to shine up steel and copper (source)
Put some dry flour on a cloth rag and buff away at your sink or stainless steel appliances. Rinse off when done. For copper, mix equal parts flour, salt and white vinegar to make a paste. Apply the paste to the copper, and buff off when dry. Enjoy your shiny kitchen!

3. Use foil to clean glass bakeware (source)
Scrunch up some foil into a ball, add some hot water and washing up liquid and scrub the bakeware clean with the foil. Perfect for getting dried on food off.

4. Make your house smell like vanilla (source)
If you’re having friends over or trying to sell your house, clean your oven as normal, then add a few drops of vanilla extract to a cloth and rub it down all over. When you turn it on the scent will make your house smell amazing!

5. Use baking soda to unblock your sink (source)
It’s not just for making your cakes rise! Pour about 120g of baking soda down the drain and 120ml of vinegar and it will de-clog your sink.

6. Put citrus fruit peel in your bin (source)
Add a few strips of lemon or orange to your bin to mask bad smells. Cut segments of citrus fruits work too as I do this a lot!

7. Keep bugs out of your food (source)
Mites can be a problem when storing flour, keep them at bay (literally!) by taping whole dried bay leaves to your shelves.

8. Clean up sticky dough after making bread (source)
This is such a nightmare as it gets so sticky. Remove any residual dough. Soak your bowl and other utensils in cool soapy water, not hot water, for 15 minutes. Remove further loose dough and throw it in the bin, otherwise it will clog your sink. Then wash again in cool water and finish with a hot water rinse.

9. Use cling film to avoid cleaning up (a tip from me!)
Cover your work surface with cling film before rolling out pastry, kneading dough or fondant icing. Not only does it make it easier to lift the rolled out pastry or fondant, but it saves on cleaning your work surface!

10. Cleaning a pot after making fudge or toffee (source)
Fill the pot with water and put it back on the stove to simmer. This will melt any sugar stuck to the pot and save you from doing any scrubbing.

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  1. To try and tackle food in the bottom of pots, sprinkle with baking soda, then add hot water. Let soak overnight; the dried on food will come loose much more easily.

  2. I use Lemon water to clean the toilet everyday, no nasty chemicals and smells lovely, doing it everyday avoids staining aswell πŸ™‚

  3. Tomato ketchup on the bottom of saucepans is a good one. Also if you spill anything we discovered that cat litter (Catsan was the one we used) works wonders! We spilled red wine on a white rug once when we were away and panicked.. cat litter got us out of the mess quickly!

  4. Get your fridge smelling fresh by wiping the inside with a just-damp cloth dipped in bicarb soda. Keep it smelling fresh afterwards be leaving an egg cup full of bicarb soda uncovered inside the fridge.

  5. Microwave some water and lemon juice – the steam will clean the microwave and all you have to do is wipe off the grease etc.

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  6. No, I wish I did, I hate it! Although I do lay newspaper on top of the cabinets so when dust builds up I can just replace the paper, no cleaning necessary!

  7. I line all my baking tins, etc in foil to reduce the clean up. But the other half takes it out and cooks without it because it 'ruins the flavours'… I gave him the ultimatum of flavours or cleaning them himself. πŸ˜‰

  8. I put a half a lemon that I have already squeezed in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds and this helps clean it and get rid of any smells. Just wipe down afterwards!

  9. Wash your hands in lemon juice after handling smelly foods like garlic or onions, it will eliminate the odour.

  10. To clean your microwave put a wet sponge inside and microwave for a couple of minutes. When the sponge has cooled use it to wipe all around the inside.

  11. Leave your cleaning products on while you do another 5 minute job (clean the loo/do the dusting) then when you come back it will require less scrubbing, thereby saving time and effort – win/win!

  12. Placing a plastic bag over the taps before making any dough by hand saves getting the taps messy when you needs to wash your hands afterwards

  13. When soaking a pan/dish add some boiling water & a little washing up liquid, then loosely cover with greaseproof paper. Leave for 15 minutes. The steam will soften any residue above the waterline & make it super easy to clean.

  14. Use lemon and water in a cup and pop in the microwave for three minutes. It makes cleaning it that bit easier and it will smell fresh and zingy zesty too.

  15. Place a wet sponge in the microwave and microwave for 15 seconds. You'll make food spills easy to wash off, and you'll kill bacteria in the sponge at the same time!

  16. I use equal parts of vinegar and water to descale the kettle. Heat the mixture in the kettle until it fizzes, then turn off the kettle and leave it to do its work.

  17. If you have had your friends round for a coffee and a natter and have got no housework done ..pretend you have been busy by puttin a cotton wool ball dabbed in dettol and another with polish on behind your radiator and if you have the heating on the fresh clean smells will trick your partner

  18. My Mamma taught me to mix some vinegar, lemon juice and bicarbonate soda together in to a paste and rub it all over the oven, leave it overnight and tada! lovely! x

  19. no.

    Sorry, you asked a closed question – had to answer that way!

    Just messing. Don't leave frying pans to cool. After pouring away the fat/oil (into a jar, not down the sink) – add some hot water and a little soap to the hot pan. The heat will bubble the water, helping lift the remaining grease off.

  20. I use a drop of baby oil on a piece of kitchen roll to get finger marks off stainless steel, brings them up a treat

  21. If you burn a saucepan put a couple of spoonfuls of washing powder in, add some water, bring to the boil and leave to stand until cool. Use a washing up brush and swill round. No extra effort should be needed πŸ™‚

  22. cut up lemons and oranges in a bowl of water – whizzed in the microwave for one minute – a great may to cut through the grime that sticks to the top of it!!

  23. I put newspaper on top of the kitchen cupboards so when I do my big kitchen clean I simply roll up the paper with all the dust and grease instead of washing the tops.

  24. No but I need some!! Particularly for the extractor! My only tip really is to rinse pots etc. as soon as you finish using them – makes them much easier to clean!

  25. we prep fresh herbs in batches and then put them in water in ice cube tray and freeze so we have them quick and eays to use for quick meals later on

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