To clean tough stuff (like stove burners, filters, oven shelves, etc.), put ammonia, vinegar, or a degreaser in the bathtub, fill it with very hot water to cover items, and let soak. Most of the stuck-on grease and dirt will soak off, making the final cleaning and rinsing a breeze. The ammonia may leave dark spots on some oven shelves.
Formica counters can be cleaned with vinegar. Use a soft cloth or a no-scratch scrubber, then wipe to a nice shine with a dry cloth. The counter will also be free of odors and germs.
“Oxygen Bleach” Cleanser will “scrub” away dirt and rust from just about any type of surface (even clothes), but it doesn’t scratch. It is also environmentally safe and contains no hazardous chemicals, not even bleach.
Clean tile grout with a mixture of 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of borax, with enough hot water added to make a paste. Spread the paste over the tile and scrub clean. Then, get the grout clean by scrubbing with a used toothbrush. Rinse and dry.
Remove glue from the refrigerator (from stickers) with peanut butter. Add peanut butter to a soft cloth and rub it on. Keep rubbing until the glue is gone.
Plastic that has melted onto the toaster can be removed using a blow dryer on high heat. Once it has softened, use a plastic spatula or no-scratch scrubber to scrape off the plastic. The residue can be cleaned by using baking soda as a cleanser with a little water. Rinse when done.
Melted plastic on a toaster can be removed quickly with alcohol or fingernail polish remover. Saturate the plastic and let set a minute. Rub the plastic right off. Wash with soapy water, rinse and dry.
Unclog and Freshen the Kitchen Drain
To unclog a kitchen drain, use baking soda and white vinegar. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the drain and quickly cover if possible. The two items will create a foaming reaction. After 15 minutes, pour in a pot of boiling water.
Pouring baking soda and white vinegar into the drain every few weeks should keep it clear and smelling great. The drain opening does not have to be covered if the drain is clear.
Old pipes can have a huge build-up of gunk in them. The build-up makes the width of the pipe much smaller so that water runs slower with less pressure and drains can clog easier.
Instead of replacing all your pipes, use Citra Drain drain cleaner. It is full of enzymes and bacteria (which don’t bother people or pets) that eat away soap scum, grease, fat, starch, and organic debris. It’s all natural, non-caustic, and non-polluting.
Faucet Cleaning Tips
Hard water deposits and lime can be removed from faucets with white vinegar. Apply the vinegar and scrub with a used toothbrush. Rinse and dry.
Lime and hard water deposits will need little scrubbing to come off if you wrap paper towels around them and soak with white vinegar for an hour. Rinse and dry.
Oven and Microwave Oven Cleaning
Line the bottom of a clean oven with foil to catch drips. Instead of cleaning the bottom, you can simply replace the foil.
Clean an oven after a spill while it is still warm. Get the spill wet and sprinkle on salt. After the oven is totally cool, the spill can be washed off easily.
Clean the microwave oven by inserting a bowl of water and boiling it. Let the boiling water sit in the closed oven for 10 or 15 minutes, then wipe out with soapy water.
Stuck-on food in the microwave can be scrubbed off by using baking soda like a cleanser after softening it with the boiling water method above.
To keep a microwave oven clean, cover everything you cook in it. Covers can vary from plastic wrap (with holes for steam release), a store-bought plastic cover meant for microwaves, waxed paper, coffee filters, or even a paper plate with a few holes in it.
The microwave oven can be cleaned with vinegar. Insert a bowl of water with 1/4 cup of vinegar added and bring this to a boil.
Clean the microwave oven by boiling a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Let set for 15 minutes, then wipe out dirt with a damp sponge.
Cleaning Stainless Steel
Stainless steel sinks can be cleaned of streaks and fingerprints by rubbing them with olive oil. The oil will also give protection until it is washed away.
Remove fingerprints from stainless steel with club soda. Wipe with soda that has gone flat, then buff with a dry cloth.
The new Microfiber cloths and sponges will remove fingerprints. Use them wet, then buff with a dry cloth.
Stainless steel can be cleaned and polished with vinegar. Dry but don’t rinse.
Stainless knives and flatware can be cleaned and polished with vinegar. Dry but don’t rinse.