The kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms in your house, and researchers have shown that the average woman spends about 2.5 years leaning over the stove cooking. Did you read that? 2.5 YEARS! Sure, men cook too but the majority only waste about 1.4 years of their life doing so. Its common for women to spend at least 1 hour after work and sometimes twice as long on weekends, slaving over a hot stove. It’s safe to say that the kitchen is an important place in the home, and having a clean one is vital. Look, you’re a mom and we know that cleaning isn’t always on your list of priorities. But being a mom, you know that cleaning is part of the job and that keeping a sanitary place to cook your families meals is important. That being said, check out our great list of ways to keep all those pesky areas of your kitchen sparkly clean!
1. Stove Burner Grates
Your stove is one of the most frequently used appliances in your kitchen, and you can tell by the wear and tear of your stove burner grates. Mine are heavy and a hassle to clean, and it’s not until they get pretty gross that I attempt a cleaning (I know, not the best methodology). No matter how much soap I put on them, I can never seem to get all the sticky, grime off, nor get in between all the nooks and crannies. Turns out, cleaning your burners is simple. All you need are plastic bags (either ziplock or a trash bag, depending on the size of your grates) and some ammonia. Pour about a 1/4 cup of ammonia into the bag and seal. Leave outside (to avoid fumes) and then simple wipe down with a sponge in the morning.
To see ammonia in action, check out TheVSpotBlog.com for before and after photos.
2. Cleaning Between Oven Glass Doors
When we bought our house, we were not the original owners. I can say with confidence the previous ones did not place kitchen cleanliness at the top of their priority list. Not only did I have to clean bug carcasses out of the cupboards, but the oven was in sad shape. It looked like the oven had never been cleaned, especially the spills between the oven glass panes. Well that won’t be a problem anymore! AskAnnaMosely.com has an entire tutorial on getting the grime off your oven, without having to take apart the oven door- a definite plus. Once you’re done cleaning your oven, then check out the rest of her site on other cleaning and organizing tips.
3. Between the Stove & Countertops
Have you ever dropped a piece of food or spilled liquid and watch it go down into the black hole that is the gap between your stove and countertop? I personally just try to not think about what it looks like down there, because it’s probably horrifying. I got a glimpse of it when we had a new stove installed and was so embarrassed by what lay behind the stove. That being said, cleaning this area is most likely more of a once a year activity, but probably a good idea if you want to maintain a hygienic kitchen! Check out CleanMySpace.com to see a quick video on how simple it actually is to get the crusties out from behind your stove.
4. Porcelain Sinks
If you have a porcelain sink, you probably have a love hate relationship with it. When it’s clean, it looks gorgeous and more homey then a stainless steel one. But when it’s dirty, it’s purely disgusting. The porous nature of porcelain makes it susceptible to sucking in stains that don’t just easily rinse off. But with regular cleaning, you can keep your porcelain sink looking brand new! Visit The36thAvenue.com to see a 3 step process to getting your filthy sinks looking like the day they were installed.