9 Genius Kitchen Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know

Julia Millay Walsh
Being efficient with your time isn't lazy -- it's smart. Why scrub your kitchen for hours on end when a few painless hacks will make cleaning your oven, stovetop, or burners quick and easy? Trust us: integrating these simple tricks into your routine will be life-changing. _1 Supplies: Press'n Seal cling wrap Technique: After a deep scrub, line your shelves with the adhesive plastic wrap. When your shelves get grimey again, simply remove and replace the plastic wrap. Effort Level: Minimal Further Reading: The Virtuous Housewife _2 Supplies: Soft-bristle toothbrush, dish soap Technique: Clean the grater on each side with hot soapy water with the toothbrush, scrubbing away from the sharp raised blades rather than toward them. Effort Level: Moderate Further Reading: Yahoo _3 Supplies:

TOOLS: Pastry brush, 2 medium glass bowls, scrubber sponge, spoon INGREDIENTS: ½ cup liquid soap, 1 ½ cup baking soda, 2-4 drops lavender essential oil, ¼ cups white vinegar, water as needed (to make a paste)

Technique: Remove racks from oven. Mix ingredients together well in a glass bowl until it forms a paste. Paint paste over interior surface of the oven. Let sit for 6 to 8 hours. Dip scrubber in a bowl of clean water and wipe off paste until clean. Effort Level: Involved Further Reading: Yum Universe _4 Supplies:

TOOLS: small bowl, spoon, sponge, paper towel INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon table salt, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon water

Technique: Mix dry ingredients together with water in a small bowl. Dip sponge in paste and wipe ceramic stovetop clean. Dry off with a paper towel. Effort Level: Moderate Further Reading: So Not Betty _5 Supplies: 2 dry rags, flour Technique: Apply flour to a rag. Buff flour into the appliance or surface. Wipe surface with a clean rag for a streak-free finish. Effort Level: Minimal Further Reading: Huff Post Home _6 Supplies: 4 plastic zip-lock bags, ¼ cup of ammonia per burner, baking sheet, sponge Technique: Place burners in plastic bag with ammonia. Place on baking sheet and leave outdoors overnight. Wipe burners clean with a damp sponge. Effort Level: Moderate Further Reading: The V Spot _7 Supplies: Ice tray, 2 or 3 lemons, white vinegar Technique: Slice lemons into small pieces. Freeze lemon slice in vinegar. Run cubes through disposal every few days to keep it fresh. Effort Level: Minimal Further Reading: One Good Thing _8 Supplies: Lemonade Kool-Aid Technique: Empty dishwasher. Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid into the detergent cup and run the dishwasher. The citric acid eliminates lime deposits and wipes out iron stains. Effort Level: Minimal Further Reading: Real Simple _9 Supplies: Dryer sheet, water Technique: Place dryer sheet in a pan with baked on food. Fill with warm water. Soak for 2 hours. Rinse with running water. Dry. Effort Level: Minimal Further Reading: Simply Sherryl Photograph: Douglas Friedman
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