Frugal Ways to Clean a Kitchen
Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 7:00 am
The kitchen is one of the rooms of your house that requires intense cleaning. There are so many appliances and surfaces to clean! Many people will buy a dozen different cleaning products just to clean that one room. Instead, save money by trying some of these frugal ways to clean a kitchen.
Frugal Ways to Clean Your Kitchen
Ways to Clean the Kitchen Floor
The first thing you need to do, of course, is sweep the floor. After that you can use vinegar instead of an expensive cleaning product. Put 1/4 of a cup of vinegar into a bucket of warm water. Mop the floor as you typically would. This will work on many different types of floor, but is not recommended for wood or marble floors.
For wood floors, House Beautiful suggests you use a different mixture of vinegar and water. Get a large bucket. Mix nine parts warm water to one part white vinegar. This mixture will make your wood floors shine.
Ways to Clean the Dishwasher
Martha Stewart says to start by wiping the door and control panel with a soft cloth that has been dampened with water. Dry it well. Clean the stainless steel surfaces with a cleaner that is designed for it. To remove interior stains from your dishwasher, put 3 or 4 ounces of citric acid crystals into the detergent cup and run the machine. Does it need deodorizing? Wipe everything down with some vinegar.
If that sounds to difficult, there is another option. Put a little baking soda into the tray that normally would hold dishwasher detergent. Run the dishwasher on an empty cycle. All clean!
How to Clean Tile
Does your kitchen have a backsplash made of tile? It could be above the sink or on the behind the stove. There is a simple way to clean it. Pour half a cup of baking soda into 2 gallons of water. Scrub the tile with a sponge. Baking soda is non-toxic so it is safer to use where you prepare food than some other cleaning products will be.
How to Clean the Oven
Salt can be used to make it easier to clean up spilled food in your oven. For example, let’s say your casserole flows over the dish and spills onto the oven. Pour some salt on that spill. Let it cool. Wipe away with a damp sponge.
Need to clean a messy stovetop? How Stuff Works suggests you make a paste from lemon juice, water, and baking soda. Put the mixture on spills. Let it sit there for 15 minutes. Scrub the stovetop, and then rinse it off using water and a sponge.