It's a fact of life dirt and grime will always find its way inside your homes, especially during the parties of the holidays. Your family, friends and pets are all hanging out indoors, comfort food in sauce-filled dishes and pots is on the menu, and dirty shoes are regularly trekked through the house. As the hub of the home, it's usually the kitchen that's the worst affected. But your time is too precious to spend hours scrubbing, wiping and washing, so here are nine ingenious cleaning tips that will revolutionize your usual routine, leaving you with more time for yourself and your family this 2018:
Steal tricks from the professionals. Work methodically from high to low, left to right around your kitchen, doing the sink last. Put all your cleaning kit together in a caddy or bucket to save you having to go back-and-forth to the cleaning cupboard, and refill it after each session so it's always ready to go.
Cheat at cleaning. Kitchen cupboards attract a lot of grease and grime. Save yourself having to scrub them by putting a sheet of newspaper on top of them. Once it's dirty, just replace it with a new sheet. You can do the same with your fridge by covering glass shelves with a sheet of plastic wrap; or your oven by putting an old baking sheet on the very lowest shelf to catch drips and spills from above.
Switch to Joy Dishwashing Liquid (link to a specific product page) when you're doing dishes. It's unbeatable at cutting through grease quickly, and a little goes a long way. It's not just for dishes, either. Wash your blender, smoothie maker or food mixer in seconds by half-filling it with warm water and a drop or two of Joy. Blitz briefly, then empty and rinse. Easy!
Fight oil with oil! Clean greasy surfaces, such as the top of your oven hood, by rubbing them with vegetable or olive oil on a paper towel. Not only will the oil remove the grease, but it'll also make stainless steel extra shiny, and form a protective barrier to make it easier to clean next time.
Clean with lemons. Rub half a lemon and a sprinkle of coarse salt on wooden chopping boards to deodorize and sanitize them; and pop half a lemon in your fridge to keep it smelling fresh. You can also clean your microwave by heating up a bowl of water with a few lemon slices inside it. Let it sit and steam for a couple of minutes before opening the door. The dirt should just wipe away.
De-clutter to cut your cleaning time. The clearer your kitchen surfaces, the quicker it'll be to clean them. Store kitchen appliances in a cupboard instead of on the counter; put tableware in drawers; hang utensils on a rack instead of storing in a pot; and stash baking pans, chopping boards and cutlery away until you need them.
Invest in microfiber cloths. Not only are they more hygienic than normal cleaning cloths, they're more efficient, too. The millions of tiny fibers attach themselves to even the smallest dirt particles, only releasing them when you wash the cloth in hot water. You can also reuse a microfiber cloth dozens of times.
Beat limescale without scrubbing. To remove limescale marks on your taps, spray them with limescale remover, leave for up to five minutes, then wipe off and rinse well. If your kettle is full of limescale, boil up a mixture of half water and half vinegar, then let it sit for a couple of hours before rinsing away.
What tricks do you use to keep your kitchen clean with minimal effort? Comment below with your favorite tips!