Cleaning Tips

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Follow the interesting tips and guidelines mentioned in this article, keeping these pieces clean will be a snap for you!

Cleaning a Microwave

  • Soak the microwave tray with natural dishwashing liquid and wash it off with sponge and water thoroughly.
  • Dry the microwave tray with a clean cloth and place it back in order with the door lid open, allowing air out for awhile.
  • Use a paper towel to scrape leftover crumbs or tiny food for the area under the tray.
  • Soak a soft sponge with vinegar and clean the inside of the microwave. This helps to remove any leftover stain. After which, wipe them off with a dry paper towel.

Cleaning an Oven

  • Remove the racks and use steel wool to get off the carbonized remains of food. Then wash them with sponge and detergent. Let it dry well before placing back into the oven.
  • Use a damp sponge for scrubbing the top, left, right and back surfaces then wipe off with a clean dry cloth.
  • Use a sponge soaked with mild dishwashing liquid to scrub on the oven door and then wipe it off with clean dry cloth.

Cleaning Dishwashers

  • Use a small clean brush (toothbrush) dipped in hot soapy water to scrub it around the door especially the bottom.
  • Use a soft sponge dipped in warm soapy water and scrub off any obvious stains or food on the out-of-reach corners.
  • Pull the bottom rack out and examine the drain area. Scrub it around to ensure no hard chunks that are stuck inside.
  • Place a dishwasher safe cup with plain white vinegar on the top of the dishwasher. Use hottest water and run through a whole cycle – except for the cup of vinegar, the dishwasher needs to be empty. This will help to wash away loose, greasy grime, sanitizes and removes odor.
  • Baking soda is also effective to freshen and brighten your dishwasher. Just a sprinkle around the bottom of the tub (a cupful) and run it through a short but complete cycle using hottest water. It helps to remove stains effectively.

Cleaning Wooden Cutting Board

  • Use a sponge and scrub the wooden cutting board to remove unwanted bacteria and then rinse it thoroughly with hot water and let it dry up well.
  • Never let wood sits in water or it may warp or crack.
  • To remove tough stains, use freshly cut lemons that can bleach and scour it.
  • Brush generous coat of mineral oil on wooden cutting board every six months to prevent soaking. Let the oil soak in and wipe it off using a soft cloth.

Cleaning Plastic Cutting Board

  • Use hot soapy water and a nylon brush to clean it after each use.
  • Sanitize your plastic cutting board with a diluted bleach or vinegar solution.
  • Flood the surface and allow it to stand for several minutes, before rinsing it off.
  • Dry it with a clean cloth.

Cleaning Dinnerware

  • Rinse out cups before residues have a chance to stain them.
  • Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, vinegar, and wine, allowed to remain on glazed dinnerware can pit the surface.
  • To protect fragile dinnerware from breaking while washing it, use a plastic dish pan or rubber sink mat. You can also pad the bottom of the sink with a towel.
  • Do not wash delicate, hand-painted, gold- or silver-trimmed, or antique dinnerware in the dishwasher. Metal-trimmed dinnerware should also not be soaked in soapy water for long periods of time as this will damage the trim.

Cleaning Flatware and Cutlery

  • Rinse salt and acidic food off flatware as soon as possible to avoid stains.
  • Sterling-silver and silver-plate flatware may be washed in the dishwasher, but will need to be polished less often if it is washed by hand.
  • Clean streaks on your everyday flatware by rubbing with a soft cloth and sprinkle with a little olive oil. Use a second cloth to buff.
  • Place 1 or 2 pieces of white chalk in your silverware chest to prevent tarnishing.
  • Do not allow stainless-steel flatware to touch anything made of silver in the dishwasher. It will set up an electrolytic action that pits the stainless steel and leaves black spots on the silver.

Cleaning Glassware

  • Before you wash glassware, cushion the bottom of the sink with a rubber mat.
  • Filled up the sink with water and add vinegar to the wash water.
  • Slowly slide stemware into the water, holding the glass by the base.
  • Remove dirt from crevices with a soft brush and remove stains by rubbing with a cut lemon or washing in a vinegar solution.
  • Clean stained decanters by filling them with water and adding 1 cup ammonia or vinegar. Soak overnight.
  • Allow glassware to drip-dry upside down, or polish with a soft cloth.

Cleaning Kitchen Sink

  • Stainless steel sinks should always be thoroughly rinsed after everyday use
  • Avoid using steel wool or abrasive sponge on the sink.
  • Soaked sponge with dishwashing liquid and scrub it all over.
  • Rinse it off with water and dry it with a soft cloth
  • For stubborn stains, lining the entire sink with paper towel soaked in white vinegar and allow it to sit undisturbed for several minutes and then dispose the paper towel and rinse the entire sink

Cleaning Faucets and Handles

  • For fingerprints or water spots remain, use clean cloth soaked with vinegar and wipe them off. The vinegar also helps to sanitize the faucets and handles.