Kitchen Cleaning: Dishwasher, Freezer, Oven, Refrigerator, Sinks

July 22, 2010

Check out our easy solutions for cleaning your kitchen. If you have any great tips, please post your own comments below!

It is lucky to keep a jar of pennies in the kitchen.


  • Remove a heavy film buildup caused by hard-water minerals by adding vinegar to the empty dishwasher after it fills with water at the start of its first cycle. Do this only if the appliance manual suggests it is okay.


  • Turn off and unplug the freezer.
  • Remove food and let the freezer defrost.
  • Wash the inside with a warm-water solution of mild detergent or baking soda (2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 1 quart of warm water.) Rinse and wipe it as dr as possibly. Vacuum the dust off the condenser coils.

Garbage Disposal

  • Before leaving your home for several days, check to be sure all wastes have been flushed out of the disposal to avoid creating odors. If odors occur, remove them by running orange or lemon peels or ice cubes through the disposal.

Oven and Stove

  • To prevent messy oven cleanups, put a sheet of aluminum foil on the floor of the oven, but do not allow the foil to touch the heating element. Although this may slightly affect the browning of food, the foil can be easily disposed of when soiled.
  • For a spill in the oven, sprinkle salt on the spill while the oven is still warm. If the spill is completely dry, wet it lightly before sprinkling the salt. When the oven cools down, scrape away the spill and wash the area with a combination of baking soda and vinegar.
  • Slow grease buildup in your oven by dampening your cleaning rag with vinegar and water before wiping out your oven.


  • Turn off and unplug refrigerator.
  • Remove all food and removable interior parts.
  • To clean exterior and interior walls, dissolve 2 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water and wipe all surfaces.
  • For stubborn spots, rub with a baking soda paste.
  • Be sure to rinse with a clean, wet cloth.
  • To clean interior fixtures, such as vegetable bins and shelves, wash in hot, soapy water, rinse well and dry.
  • Fresh lemon juice in the rinse water removes soap film.

Sink (Porcelain Enamel)

  • Do not leave acid foods on the sink surface for a long time. Many sinks made before 1964 were not acid-resistant, and even acid-resistant porcelain enamel can be stained by acid foods, such as lemons and other citrus fruits, cranberries, vinegar, and salad dressing.
  • Use perforated rubber or plastic mats to protect sinks from damage.
  • Use a baking soda paste or vinegar on stains, then wipe clean.

Sink (Stainless Steel)

  • Use perforated rubber or plastic mats in the sink to cut down on scratching and marking by pans and tableware.
  • Wash the sink with a solution of liquid hand-dishwashing detergent and water or a solution of baking soda and water.
  • Rinse and polish dry with paper towels or a soft cloth.
  • Never use scouring powders or steel wool because they will scratch stainless steel.
  • Another way to clean and polish stainless steel is simply to wipe it clean with a cloth moistened with undiluted white or cider vinegar. You can also use vinegar to remove heat stains on stainless steel cutlery and pans, or remove streaks and heat stains by rubbing with club soda or olive oil.

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What places do you want to clean up in your kitchen? All! It may look like a daunting task, but since the kitchen is the place where the food is prepared, it is necessary to ensure that surfaces, cooking equipment and dishes are cleaned regularly.

Millions of germs live in kitchens, and although most of these germs are harmless, a few may lead them like Coli and salmonella is a very serious disease, especially in vulnerable persons such as children and the elderly. Therefore, you must make cleaning the kitchen a priority.

There are many tips and tricks that can make your kitchen shine again in a short time.

The germs quickly penetrate into all the kitchen utensils, so it's important to know in addition to how to clean pots and pans, how to clean the tools and places that you may not normally pay attention to, such as oven handles, microwave control panels and water taps; In short, everything may be touched by a hand. Dirty or after touching meat and eggs. We offer below some ways that will help you keep the kitchen clean and healthy.

How to clean different places in the kitchen:
The kitchen cleaning process becomes easy and enjoyable when you know the correct and effective cleaning methods. If you're wondering how to clean a gas oven or some surfaces or anything else, you can find out in this article. It is better to use specially made detergent for the kitchen, such as "dry" products, as they are effective in cleaning up the different places completely. Be sure to follow the instructions on the poster, ventilation the room, and wear rubber gloves.

How to clean gas furnaces:
Gas furnaces usually last for a long time, so they can be cleaned with a standard multi-use detergent, but it is useful to use a specially designed detergent to eliminate fats that are spread because of the oil used in the cooking process. Kitchen cleaners are especially used to clean the cracks around the burners, which ensures you don't leave any spot. !

Freezer smell

I was out of town for 3 weeks and and the power went out causing my refrigerator to shut down (in an RV). I haven't been able to get rid of the horrible smell in my freezer. Any suggestions?

my mother and my aunts always

my mother and my aunts always use the charcoal when removing the unpleasant smell in the refrigerator. they just put the charcoal in the cup and leave it inside the refrigerator. every week they replace it with another charcoal.i hope it may help

Elctric-convection ovens do

Elctric-convection ovens do not tolerate the use of aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven to catch spills. Why--well I learned the hard way as I had always used foil in all my other electric ovens and I didn't even realize the electrical coils were underneath the bottom of the oven. It also has a quick cook feature.
The particular oven I am speaking of has a blower in the back of the oven and there are heating coils underneath the bottom of the oven. What happened you ask---the foil melted into the oven bottom finish and has made an unsightly place on my new oven. I was unable to do much about it.

Thanks for sharing this

Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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To clean the grates on a gas

To clean the grates on a gas oven simply place one in a ziploc bag with two tablespoons of ammonia. Let sit overnight. Take care when opening the bag. The fumes will take your breath, but you simply wipe the grate clean. No scrubbing, no achy hands.

Cleaning oven racks

I use a variation on this for cleaning oven racks. Get a few old towels, a bucket and some rubber gloves. It is best to do this outside. on a patio or paved driveway, but I have done it in a bathroom with the window open and the ventilation system on full-blast. Put one of the old towels in the bottom of the bucket and pour in sudsing ammonia until the towel is saturated. With gloved hands, remove the towel and place on the patio or in the bathtub. Place the rack you want to clean on top of it. Then take a second old towel, repeat the procedure with the ammonia, place that towel on top of the oven rack, so the rack has two ammonia-saturated towels covering it completely. I usually do this in the evening and leave it to work overnight. The next morning, remove the towels and rinse the rack. It will be sparkling clean, with very little. if any wiping or scrubbing needed. I did this with the racks from a really badly abused electric oven. Tenants had left it in a crusty, greasy nasty mess. I also heated the oven (with one of the racks placed at the mid-point) to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, then turned the oven off, placed a shallow glass baking dish filled with ammonia on the rack, closed the oven and let it work overnight. This took off an amazing amount of the gunk and grime in that oven, though it did require quite a lot more scrubbing. It was worth it!

My stainless steel sink is

My stainless steel sink is wiped out daily and dried to make it shine (I do this AFTER the rest of the household is in bed). Once a week (or more if needed) I spray it with homemade spray cleaner (2 parts water, 1 part each vinegar & alcohol -- to cut the vinegar smell I soak peels of 4-5 lemons/lime in alcohol in a quart jar for about 10 day, strain & keep in fridge). Wipe it out well, dry thoroughly, and then wipe with homemade furniture polish with lemon juice added. Dry completely. The shine is amazing. I use the same thing on all our stainless steel faucets in the rest of the house.