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13 Hacks for Cleaning Your Kitchen

Keep your kitchen cleaner than ever before—all with a few home essentials.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
Clean kitchen

Cabinet Care

8. Two-Ingredient DIY Cleaner
If you’re looking for an alternative to commercial cleaners, try this inexpensive, eco-friendly spray. Simply mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Spray on, let sit for a minute or two on extra grimy areas, then wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel. If you like, slip in a few drops of liquid dish detergent for extra power against grease.

Counter Solutions

9. Prevent Sink-side Mold And Mildew
Instead of placing a used sponge on the rim of your sink, where it’ll cultivate yucky mildew and mold buildup, attach a binder clip to the sponge’s end. Then, keeping the metal prongs extended, allow them to work as props to keep your sponge standing—and airing out much better.

A Fresh Dishwasher And Disposal

10. Kill the Disposal’s Bad Breath
Odors coming from your garbage disposal? Pour about 4 ounces of a minty mouthwash down the drain. Rinse and repeat as needed.

11. Throw in Golf Balls
In that same sports load, you can toss in golf balls. First place them in a small mesh laundry bag (the kind used for delicates) to contain them.

12. Freshen Hair Accessories
These items can accumulate dirt and oils left by sprays, gels, and other products as well as your natural oils and sweat. To keep clips, combs, brushes, bobby pins, barrettes, and ties in tip-top shape, wash them regularly in the dishwasher’s silverware basket. Be sure to remove any hair first—a wide-tooth comb works well for this purpose.

13. Clean Beauty and Grooming Tools
Makeup brushes perform best when they’re clean. These will hold up best on a low-heat setting. Toss nail clippers into the silverware basket.
 

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