Thursday, 11 June 2015

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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231 comments:

  1. I use ketchup to clean brass pots

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  2. I have no kitchen cleaning hacks, but I'd like to learn some!

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  3. 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.

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  4. A bowl of bicarbonate of soda in the kitchen/fridge removes any lingering smells.

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  5. Catherine McAlinden12 June 2015 at 06:33

    Baby oil to clean stainless steel appliances!

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  6. I use washing up liquid undiluted as a prewash treatment to get food satins out of clothing

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  7. I use old news paper and baking soda to clean grease in the oven

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  8. Clean a microwave by microwaving some white vinegar for three minutes, then simply wipe with a cloth.

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  9. Service wash in the washing machine once a month to keep it sparkling and clean :)

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  10. Lemon sparkles up the sink and taps

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  11. Paula Readings12 June 2015 at 08:27

    The 'plug catcher' is a good idea, stops blocking up the pipes with horrible gunk.

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  12. Use lemon and vinegar to keep your taps glistening

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  13. I use kitchen roll after cleaning to buff all the stainless steel

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  14. Nope but I'm looking forwards to reading other peoples xxx

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  15. I cover any spillage in the over with salt and leave it for 30 minutes before cleaning

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  16. I clean my stainless steel sink with salt and a lemon! Comes up sparkling!

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  17. use newspaper and vinegar on glass surfaces

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  18. Make your own oven cleaner out of baking soda & water!

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  19. only soaking mugs and teaspoons in bleach to get rid of tannin stains

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  20. Keep an all purpose cleaner handy for spills.

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  21. I use Lemon water to clean the toilet everyday, no nasty chemicals and smells lovely, doing it everyday avoids staining aswell :)

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  22. Thanks for this great comp...I use vinegar for glass I guess most people no that one...I use wet wipes also on carpets for small spills

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  23. no i just use a multi prpose cleaner

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  24. I soak the oven grills in some water with some washing powder to make shiny again

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  25. 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!

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  26. Using fruit mesh bags as scrubbers

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  27. I find white vinegar handy for cleaning lots of things.

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  28. baking soda and vinegar for the oven

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  29. baking soda and vinegar for the oven

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  30. White vinegar and newspaper for cleaning windows.

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  31. 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.

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  32. An endless supply of lemon juice and white vinegar!

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  33. a jar of Astonish for me!

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  34. 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

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  35. 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!

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  36. I have a cleaner who does for me! :-)

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  37. Lemon juice is great for cleaning pots and pans.

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  38. No I don't, I just work hard! ;)

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  39. i use dental floss to clean under the knobs of the hob

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  40. I love the Dettol range of products what more can I say

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  41. 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. ;)

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  42. If you drop a raw egg on the floor cover it in salt, The salt will absorb the egg and you can just sweep the salt in to the bin with no gloop!! x

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  43. a mixture of lemon juice vinegar and bicarb cleans everything in my opinion

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  44. none, but a few may be useful.......

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  45. I just bleach everything! I think as long as you clean up soon after you make the mess then you can keep on top of it.

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  46. nothing that hasn't been described before (I have just learnt loads new ones)

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  47. I'm sorry I don't really,I just use multisurface cleaner.

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  48. I use babywipes to clean the kitchen chairs and walls when the kids have made a mess

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  49. I use a homemade cleaner (washing up liquid and boiling vinegar) to remove limescale from the faucet and kitchen sink.

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  50. Not really - make the kids breakfast for them? Cereal goes all over the floor when they do it!

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  51. i put a cut lemon in some water in a bowl and put in microwave for three mins makes it easier to remove any spills and leaves it smelling fresh

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  52. I don't have a cleaning hack :-\

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  53. Cleaning wipes are great if you are in a hurry!

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  54. bi- carb of soda- works well on the floor xx

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  55. Descale pans and kettles by boiling cheap vinegar in them.

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  56. Glass cleaner for my wet wall :) makes it so shiny

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  57. 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!

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  58. no I dont , I just use tonnes of bleach, some good tips on here though x

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  59. Washing powder is great for stubborn stains on dirty dishes x

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  60. I always use antibacterial wipes to clean things in the kitchen x

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  61. no but very interesting ones here which I will try

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  62. Don't let your Fiancé loose in the kitchen in the first place!

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  63. I put a cut lemon in the fridge to absorb overpowering smells

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  64. Nope but could do with learning some

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  65. I use lemon juice wherever I can. I also keep the children's old socks for cleaning in hard to reach areas

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

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  67. Like many people I use left over lemon in a small bowl of water in the microwave heated for 2 minutes to deodorise and clean the microwave

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  68. use lemon juice to descale

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  69. white vinegar for cleaning the kettles, works wonders :)

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  70. cream cleaner is great for all surfaces, but so are multipurpose cleaners that people tend to use on floors but forget to use anywhere else lol

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  71. clean cooker when still warm comes off easier

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  72. I use white wine vinegar for practically everything! Its amazing as well as being kind to the environment as it doesn't contain chemicals :)

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  73. i have a vinegar book which i use for pretty much everything!

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  74. Sadly I don't have any but would love to learn some.

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  75. use baby oil on a cloth to clean stainless steel.

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  76. I wish I did, I hate cleaning!!! but I always make sure I clean the kitchen after we have used it so that you dont have to come back to it later!

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  77. Repaint it the same colour every time.

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  78. Lemon in the fridge to take smells away :)

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  79. i dont have any, but some of these ive been reading are very good x

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  80. No, but these tips are really good

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  81. Lemon Juice and White Vinegar

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  82. White wine vinegar mixture for the windows

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  83. I warm up lemon juice in the microwave to get rid of nasty niffs

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  84. Not really I just use an old toothbrush for difficult places to get to

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  85. I use baby oil to make all my stainless steel surfaces shine

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  86. dip a microfibre cloth in lemon juice, then in salt & use to clean tea stains out of cups, mugs & teaspoons

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  87. Use denture cleaning tablets in mugs to get rid of tea stains

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  88. Bicarbonate of soda - multi-purpose/versatile and extremely effective :)

    ~ Anthony G

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  89. Lemon juice in the fridge and microwave to banish smell. Baby oil for all my stainless Steel.

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  90. Mix Bicarbonate of Soda with a drop of water to make a paste to get coffee & tea stains out of mugs and off teaspoons

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  91. I use glass cleaner on my cooker makes it shine

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  92. 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.

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  93. 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!

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  94. 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

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  95. Vinegar is great for cleaning scale off taps

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  96. I don't have one but it is interesting and helpful to read all the tips on here

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  97. Elizabeth Hinds30 June 2015 at 21:37

    Don't have children ;-)

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  98. I haven't got any but sounds like I need to use some of these great tips!

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  99. not before reading this post but I have plenty now! - leanne w

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  100. Use half a lemon and sea salt to clean wooden chopping boards. Gets into all the little scratches.

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  101. 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.

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  102. 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.

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  103. put half a cup of white vinegar and half cup of water to a kettle, then boil. it will descale it

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  104. I just explained to the wife that she's not doing it right and she should follow all the excellent tips above.

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  105. Does anybody have any tips how to remove head shaped dents from a frying pan? Now where are the paracetamols?

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  106. I use Bicarbonate of Soda with Vinegar and Boiling Water to unblock a drain

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  107. I use neat washing up liquid wiped over greasy areas, leave a few minutes and rinse off.

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  108. I use white vinegar in the microwave to clean the tough stains

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  109. Lemon juice is amazing for cleaning!x

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  110. put vinegar in the water if cleaning windows

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  111. I don't but I am liking reading all the ones above!

    Ashleigh

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  112. White vinegar and Bicarb of soda added to an empty washer makes for a fab deep clean

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  113. lemon juice to rid f smells in the microwave

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  114. Vinegar is far better than any purpose-specific product I've ever bought

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  115. 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!

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  116. I use soda crystals to keep sinks clean and the drains free flowing

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  117. No I don't but I'm picking up loads of great tips here!

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  118. hob bright is the best thing I've found for cleaning my induction hob surface

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  119. Bicarb mixed with white vinegar cleans the hob up so well!

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  120. Febrese at the ready after a good old mopping to ensure pleasant aromas prevail!

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  121. A bowl of boiling water in the microwave gets the grime out

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  122. 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.

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  123. microfibre cloths are really good for quickly shining up stainless steel and glass

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  124. elbow grease

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  125. Use wet wipes to clean surfaces quickly
    Jade H

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  126. A spot of baby oil keeps stainless steel shiny

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  127. use lemon to make taps sparkle

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  128. baking soda for oven cleaning

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  129. no sadly not! Many thanks for running a great competition! x

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  130. Spray the inside of the microwave with kitchen cleaner, microwave for 15 seconds and then wipe clean!

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  131. I try and wash up dirty pots and pans before any food residue has had a chance to dry because I find it easier to get everything clean!

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  132. Bi carb of soda wiped in cups makes them white and as new again.

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  133. I just leave everything to soak as long as possible. I also use lemon juice and vinegar to clean difficult things

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  134. Put foil over your trays so you just have to throw the foil and do no cleaning. My boyfriend taught me that one! EJ Dunn

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  135. Use vinegar to clean the inside of your microwave :)

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  136. lemon juice always makes everything clean and smell nice

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  137. Half a lemon in fridge to help absorb smelly foods.

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  138. Use vinegar to clean glass and fridge fronts for a sparkle :)

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  139. Bicarb and vinegar to clean the plughole and the dishwasher.

    @rachiegr

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  140. Boiling hot water from the kettle poured down the sink clears any blockage

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  141. Lemon juice on the taps and brings it up nice

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  142. glass cleaner on my cooker gives it a shine

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  143. Baby wipes for stainless steel

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  144. White vinegar and water to clean the taps

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  145. put a bowl of white vinager in the microwave for 3 or 4 mins and just wipe :)

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  146. Put tin foil over baking trays when cooking to save on scrubbing

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  147. Just to wash up as soon as you have eaten so that the food isn't stuck on

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  148. put as much as possible in the dishwasher!

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  149. Lemon juice, works wonders on a variety of things

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  150. 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

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  151. For a big deep clean, sugar soap is your friend. It removes any dried in grime on doors or shelves without effort!

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  152. Lemon juice in the microwave for 30 seconds then wipe it clean

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  153. Lynsey Buchanan1 July 2015 at 22:05

    Lemon is great for making sinks shine and smell nice at the same time

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  154. To clean the microwave I put a bowl of water in with washing up liquid, heat it up for two minutes then wipe down easily.

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  155. Invite your Mum for a cuppa ;)

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  156. Lemon juice for stainless steel

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  157. I love detail wipes they are the best xxx

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  158. Baking soda for cleaning oven! :)

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  159. 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

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  160. I don't have any but i'm enjoying all these.

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  161. Lemon juice makes everything really shiny and clean!

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  162. Do something while you wait for the kettle to boil. all those 2 minutes add up

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  163. Vinegar with lemon and baking soda, for lots of greasy items

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  164. I don't have one - I hate cleaning the kitchen and use a spray on nearly everything

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  165. white vinigar gets rid of alot of stains x

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  166. Lemon juice in the microwave to banish bad smells

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  167. White vinegar does wonder for windows

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  168. just using vinegar really

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  169. 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.

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  170. WD40 for shining up stainless steel

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  171. disposable wipes! it prevents just spreading the mess across to the next surface with a cloth

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  172. Bicarbonate of soda and a cup of white vinegar helps with a smelly sink

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  173. White vinegar for mould smells.

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  174. White vinegar in microwave on for a minute softens dried on food wipe of

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  175. zoflora down the plug hole with hot water gets rid of the fry up smell

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  176. Soaking. For a long time.

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  177. 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

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  178. Baby oil to clean stainless steel

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  179. White vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and lemons are all staples in my kitchen for all the reasons already mentioned by others in the comments :)

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  180. We have big powerful steam cleaner.

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  181. 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 :)

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  182. Vinegar, fantastic for cleaning so many thing but exceptional when added to water for cleaning windows

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  183. Maria Jane Knight2 July 2015 at 17:53

    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!!

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