homemade solutions could be your best cleaning aids "bubble, bubble, toil
and trouble"? Nope, you won't have to depend on the crafty potions of
Shakespeare's magical ladies in order to solve common kitchen and laundry
cleaning problems. In fact, you can make your own helpful brews (re: cleaning
agents) using readily available, kitchen-friendly "ingredients".
boards need to be clean as bacteria can readily cross-contaminate food.
In fact, one should have chopping boards for specific food items
(i.e. for poultry, beef, veggies). However this cutting-boards should be
disinfected as well before use. Without relying on commercial cleaning agents,
you can use salt and lemon juice to clean chopping boards and scrub with the
lemon and rinse.
cutting boards, the stove-tops and the oven are just some of the appliances in
the kitchen that needs to be always clean for good kitchen hygiene.
Stove-tops in particular should always be kept clean to avoid food
contamination. As such, it is good practice to always keep the stove top clean
before cooking. For easy cleaning, sprinkle the stove top with baking soda, mist
with some water from a sprayer; let soak and wipe clean.
spills in the oven, sprinkle it with salt, let it set overnight before wiping
clean the next day. To remove odors, place a bowl of baking soda (or charcoal)
in it while not being used. Let the bowl remain until the odor has been removed.
accumulation of dirt and minerals on our shiny faucets and kitchen accents isn't
exactly a problem.
However, they are unsightly and will ultimately make these accents
shabby. What to do? Wipe and buff these shiny objects of our affection with
olive oil (or vegetables oil), follow by a rinsing with club soda and wipe dry
with a clean rag.
clogged? Don't call the plumber just yet.
The latter's services are not only time-consuming, but expensive as
well. Of course, you could always rely on the ever reliable liquid sosa, but if
you dont have it, you can unclog your kitchen pipes with ½ cup of baking
soda and ½ cup of vinegar. Let the combination settle for a few minutes,
followed by some hot water. Of course, we need to maintain our kitchen pipes
weekly. Just pour hot water in it once a week.
kitchen's floors should always remain clean.
Keep them germ free
by regularly using an all-purpose cleaner, or a solution of ½ cup vinegar and a
gallon of warm water. The solution also imparts a certain shine on the floor.
The same solution can also be used to wipe the dining table with. As mentioned,
it doesn't only impart a certain shine, but keeps insects --- flies most
especially --- away from the kitchen table.
our kitchen appliances, we tend to believe that the microwave needs the least of
After all, its technology is something we thought would readily kill
germs by merely zapping them with microwave technology. Nothing could be farther
from the truth of course as bacteria could readily make even the microwave
smell. Nonetheless, one could make the microwave smell pleasant by just
microwaving a bowl of water with a slice of lemon (or just mix with plain lemon
juice). Foul odors can also be rid off by the same method using vanilla instead
most Filipino households don't have garbage disposal systems, most simply place
kitchen garbage in the ubiquitous black plastic trash bags.
The only problem is that these plastic bags don't necessarily take
away and kill the odor and molds that emanates and results from it. The best
thing to do is to either place some borax at the bottom of the bag to stop the
growth of molds; or some baking soda to eliminate odors.
you have shabby cutlery or silverware?
Well, you don't have to buy expensive cleaners or stay up all night to clean
them. Just wipe them with undiluted vinegar and rinse with club soda. Be sure to
wipe them dry though before storing.