It’s good to give your kitchen a good tidy and deep clean at least once a year, on top of your usual kitchen maintenance. Depending on the size of your kitchen and what you have in it, this can prove to be quite a time-consuming task. However, there are some ways in which you can make things a little easier for yourself.
- Cleaning inside your oven is a seriously hands-on job when done manually, so thankfully most modern ovens have some sort of self-cleaning feature.
- They’re included to save you the hassle of scrubbing the cavity with a wire brush or scouring pad when there’s burnt-on food and residue.
- Pyrolytic cleaning scorches baked-on grime and grease, turning it into a fine ash that can be easily wiped away at the end of a cycle.
- Steam cleaning softens and loosens dirt and makes it easy to wipe clean with a cloth or a sponge.
Induction hob cleaning
- Wet an e-cloth in hot water and wipe down your induction hob surface to give it a good clean, using the textured part for any stubborn residue. It’s a great way to go chemical-free and still remove bacteria from your cooking area.
- For an extra-shiny finish, apply some vitreous cream to your hob and allow it to stand before buffing it off.
Cleaning drawers, inserts and surfaces
- A compact, handheld vacuum is great for cleaning out your drawers and inserts, removing any dust, crumbs and other debris that has built up over time.
- Removing your inserts lets you give your drawers a more thorough clean.
- A good quality kitchen spray is enough to keep your worktops clean and hygienic.
Bring back old baking trays
- If you’ve got old baking trays that you’re not ready to part ways with, you can bring them back from the brink.
- Sprinkle them with bicarbonate of soda, before giving it a few sprays of hydrogen peroxide and then finishing off with another layer of baking soda.
- Give it a few hours to set in before wiping clean.
Cleaning your cooker hood
- As your hood gets covered in grease and dust over time, ordinary cleaning products can start to struggle.
- Add a few drops of vegetable oil to a cloth or piece of kitchen roll and wipe down the surface of your cooker hood to leave it looking good as new.
Easy blender cleaning
- Avoid the awkwardness of cleaning your blender jug by hand by adding room temperature water and a tablespoon of vinegar, covering and blending at a medium speed for a minute.
- Discard this solution and this time add warm water and a small amount of washing up liquid. Cover and blend for a minute again.
- Discard the soapy solution and rinse with warm water until it runs clear. Add warm water and pulse on a medium speed again for a minute before discarding it.
- Dry with a microfibre cloth and leave it upside down to air-dry.