It need not cost an arm and a leg to keep the kitchen (and the home) smelling good and clean.
The rainy season is here and so are the germs and bacteria that thrive in wet and humid conditions. Of all the areas in the home, the kitchen is one of the most vulnerable since it is also one of the most used.
Anyway, it is a must that kitchens be not only spotless but also germ-free as well for al food preps are done there. Here are a few inexpensive tips that could help keep germs and bacteria at bay. If fact, the following tips are so cheap that you could find what you need in the kitchen shelves as well.
Mix calamansi juice or lemon juice (unsweetened) and water in equal parts. Place inside a spray bottle and use to spray countertops, chopping boards and tile splash backs. The acidity of the calamansi or lemon is sure to kill gems and will impart a sweet smell. Its guaranteed to remove grease spatters and stains as well. Avoid using it on anything lacquered or varnished though, as the acid in the calamansi will easily remove some lacquer and varnish finish.
If you think calamansi is too expensive, use vinegar instead. Again, the acidity of the vinegar will kill not only germs, but will remove any fishy shell as well. Even insects, specifically houseflies, will stay away from the kitchen once they smell the slightly acidic smell of vinegar. All kinds of vinegar may be used. However, some may not like the distinct smell of Sukang Iloko (Ilocos Cane Vinegar). As such, use ordinary vinegar instead.
Some commonly used fabric whiteners have antiseptic properties as well. Dilute your choice with water and place in spray bottle for easy application. Just a tip, one can determine how strong the mixture is by its smell. So just add more water if you think the mixture is too strong. Fortunately, some fabric whiteners are now scented, thereby making ones clean surroundings nice-smelling also.
Soda does it
Do you have a stain on your rug? How about your favorite table cover? Well, dont just run to the cleaners right away. Instead go straight to the kitchen and get a box of baking soda. Indeed, when diluted with water, baking soda is just as effective a stain remover as any industrial cleaner. In fact, baking soda can even be used to clean toilet bowls and other porcelain fixtures. It also has an added benefit it removes bad odors.
Do you find it difficult to remove the smell of fish on your hands after gutting fish? Sure you may wash your hands several times afterwards, but sometimes the fishy smell lingers. Dont fret. Just brew a cup of coffee! Indeed, used coffee grounds can be used to take the smell of fish away. Just rub on our hands and soon enough, the fishy smell will disappear. Anyway, some local soap manufacturers (especially those in Silang and Tagaytay) have come up with soap with coffee grounds for the sole purpose of overcoming that fishy smell.