10 Clever Kitchen Cleaning Hacks That Will Save You Time!

Cleaning the kitchen is tiring and can quickly eat up too much time. But just like everyone else I don’t have any choice, the mess won’t clean itself up. Maybe if I was a celebrity and can afford my own maid (or two!). Except I can’t, so the closest I can get is to do it myself and make sure our kitchen is sanitized. After all, it is where I prepare and cook our food.

Let’s be honest though, busy moms like me are struggling to deal with all the cleaning every single day. Here’s comes the big BUT … did you know there are ways how to lessen the effort in doing kitchen chores? There are hacks that I do for our household to spend less time in the kitchen, and better believe that it all works like a charm! The following are some of my favorite hacks, and I hope you find it helpful!

1. Sanitize and Deep Clean Wooden Chopping Board
Wooden chopping boards can be very dirty when not thoroughly cleaned. It can be contaminated if not treated well, so deep cleaning of the board is essential. My favorite way of doing so is by using lemon and salt. I scatter a decent amount of salt in the board, and then rub it with a half lemon. Leave the salt and its juice for 5 minutes and then rinse it off with water.

2. Remove Grease Build-up with Lemon
Grease can be very annoying to remove, but there’s a trick on cleaning it efficiently. Mix the baking soda and fresh lemon juice in hot water. Soak greasy pans, trays, utensils, and dishes into the mixture and leave it for five minutes. Wash it using your regular dishwashing soap and notice how easy the grease will fall off.

Bonus: rub the lemon into the stainless steel pans and cookware to give it an extra shine.

3. Sanitize Your Sponges with Microwave
A kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest things in the kitchen. It is a carrier of germs and bacteria, so sanitizing it regularly is a must. Your sponge might look clean, but under a microscope, it is full of microbes that are ready to transfer to your utensils when used. To kill those unnecessary bacterias, what I do is put those sponges in the microwave for two to three minutes. Wash them, and they are good to go.

4. Clean Off Water Stains
Water stains are common in the kitchen area. It can be seen generally in the sink, island, floorings, backsplash, and even silverware. To remove those stains, gently pour the vinegar into the infected area, leaving it for five minutes. Gently scrub it with a sponge, and then rinse it thoroughly. Follow these easy steps, and your kitchen will look like brand new and presentable again.

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5. Deep Clean Your Dishwasher with Vinegar
The dishwasher is where we wash our dishes, so disinfecting it is essential at least once a month. The easiest way to deep clean it is to fill two mugs with vinegar, then put it in the dishwasher. Place the first mug in the top rack and then the second mug in the bottom. Set it into a hot cycle and you are done.

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6. Revive Burnt Pots Back to Life
If you have burnt pots and it feels like you can’t use it anymore, do not lose hope and just follow these easy steps. Fill your burnt kitchenware with water and two to three cups of vinegar. Boil it, and let it cool. Add two tablespoon of baking soda into the mixture and then leave it for five minutes. Scrub the stains using your regular sponge and see how you revive your burnt pots and pans hassle-free.

7. Zap Your Microwave Clean Using Vinegar
Microwave can be messy and wiping it off using regular cloth is not enough. To make it look brand new again, what I do is steam cleaning it at least once a month using vinegar. Mix a decent amount of water and vinegar in a bowl, and then heat it in the microwave for ten minutes. Remove the bowl and then wipe the microwave using a clean cloth.

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8. Freshen Up Your Fridge and Remove Nasty Odors
You put different items in your fridge. That includes raw meat, leftovers, fruits, and vegetables. That gives the refrigerator an awful smell. The secret to a fresh smelling fridge is by putting a plate of ground coffee inside it and then leave it overnight.

9. Unclog and Deodorize Smelly Drains
Pipes can create an awful smell when not taken care of. If you have slimy, stinky drains, you can eliminate the foul odor with the help of hot water, baking soda, and vinegar. Mix the baking soda and vinegar into the hot water, and then slowly pour it into the drain.

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10. Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal
To get rid of its foul odor cut a lemon in half and then toss it in the garbage disposal. Wear gloves as you thoroughly clean it the rest of your sink using lemon and running water. Once you’re done toss the lemon in, and you’ll see how the lemon freshens things up.

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Cleaning the kitchen can be stressful, but there are ways to do it efficiently. Follow these simple hacks, and I am sure cleaning will be fun and easier the next time you do it. Spending lesser time in the kitchen means spending more time with the family. Level up your cleaning routines with this tricks and your kitchen will look brand new again.

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  • Aditya

    These tips can be very helpful for someone who lives alone. Especially Grease section. Many People bake their homemade pizzas or what not, never knew all it required was a lemon.

  • robin rue

    I love the sponge in the microwave trick. I have been doing that one for years. I will have to try the rest.

  • Jeanette

    How did I not know that you can sanitize sponges in the microwave. I am totally doing that. I keep throwing them out this is a much better way to save money and still use sponges.

  • Candy

    All of these are things I do in the kitchen. Using lemon in the kitchen is very helpful and has many uses.

  • Melissa Chapman

    That dishwasher is a great one to get when i need a new one. These tips are great to use for all those neglected chores I rarely get a chance to freshen up.

  • Tomi C

    We sanitize our drains with a weekly “volcano”. The hot water, baking soda, and vinegar works wonders and really keeps the drain fresh

  • Ashley

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve always used vinegar for cleaning for year! It works great!! I’ll have to try it in the dish washer some time.

  • Tasheena

    Love all of your cleaning tips. I’ve been using the vinegar method to clean my microwave for years and love it.

  • Melissa

    These are all great tips. My favorite is the vinegar in the dishwasher, it works wonders!!

  • Stacie

    I love these tips. I already do some of them like sanitizing my sponges in the microwave. I didn’t know about a lot of them, though.

  • Terri Steffes

    We adore our Bosch appliances. I love your hacks, I love using lemon in the kitchen, too!

  • Joan

    These are really great tips. I love vinegar and baking soda, two ingredients to save you anytime you need a deep clean and sanitisation.

  • Alli Smith

    I’ve been using those little specialty cleaning pod things to clean my dishwasher and they are kinda pricey. I never thought to use vinegar. I can save so much money.

  • Scott Gombar

    This is awesome. I do use lemon on the kitchen counter and surrounding areas because I know it is good for cleaning but these hacks will definitely help.

  • Amber Myers

    I’ll try these out for sure. I’ve been looking for better ways to clean my kitchen. I always hear about vinegar cleaning, but I haven’t tried it yet.

  • Jessica Hughes

    Oh man, these are all things I really should start doing. It would definitely make keeping up with cleaning the kitchen much easier!

  • Jeni Hawkins

    Ohhh, I love this! Sanitizing sponges in the microwave? Brilliant! I’ll definitely be doing that from now on!

  • Chubskulit Rose

    Great tips you have here. I agree about the sponge, it is the dirtiest. I love your kitchen.

  • Pam

    A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen. All of these cleaning hacks are musts for a supe clean kitchen.

  • Sherry

    These are all terrific cleaning hacks. Vinegar and lemon are great cleaning agents that aren’t harmful to the environment.

  • Amy

    Everything looks so fun here! I love a nice kitchen myself!

  • Dawn Lopez

    These are all awesome hacks. I never knew you could clean your microwave with vinegar. I can’t wait to try these.

  • Claudia Krusch

    I loved all your tips! They were just what I needed!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    I am obsessed with this kitchen! It is beautiful! I need these tips!

  • Rachel

    I am going to have to sanitize my dishwasher and try the lemon trick to get the grease build up off of some cabinets. I feel like I can’t get a film off.

  • Olga Zak

    These are all great tips. I love the sponge in the microwave trick. I love using lemon in the kitchen, too!

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore

    These are really awesome tips! I will definitely try all these!

  • Cris

    We are actually renovating our kitchen in September. You have some great ideas around here. Thanks for the tips!

  • Blair Villanueva

    Thanks for sharing your awesome kitchen hacks. I’m with my Asian Mom and she is obsessed on maintaining our kitchen spot free.

  • umesh Kumar Bhardwaj

    Thanks for the tips! These tips can be very helpful for everyone who stay alone

  • Lisa Favre

    First and foremost, can we just talk about how beautiful your kitchen is?! Wow! Love it! And second of all, I love that Bosch dishwasher – it looks so good and so sturdy!

  • kumamonjeng

    This is a perfect and ideal kitchen and also my dream kitchen. I am glad you have included some tips how to maintain the kitchen into its best condition. Love the 10 tips you shared.

  • Carol Cassara

    Cleaning can be a pain sometimes and it’s good to know what hacks we can do make our lives easier! Thanks for sharing these!

  • Trina

    Great tips! The kitchen (and bathrooms) are the rooms I hate to clean the most, so I will be implementing these tips today!

  • Nessy

    I use lemon all the time when cleaning. And it really works. I especially love using it on my tub. It keeps the stainless parts shiny and brand-new looking!

  • Karen Morse

    I absolutely love kitchen hacks especially one for cleaning! I think this list is awesome and very helpful! Taking down notes now!

  • aDA

    These are all great tips that I need to keep in mind!

  • Suzanne Melton

    These are wonderful tips and hacks for the kitchen. I need to do a deep clean of the house, especially the kitchen. These tips will come in handy when I do that.

  • Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    Great tips! I LOVE that dishwasher! I’m almost ready to purchase a new one – thanks for this info!

  • Wanda Lopez

    Great tips. I also use lemon for many of my cleaning and to add scent to my kitchen utensils. Like the food dispenser.

  • Lavanda Michelle

    This is such a great post! Such great tips, I would keep these in mind. Thanks for sharing!

  • Becca Wilson

    These are some great cleaning tips. You are so right that it can feel like it takes forever!

  • hey sharonoox

    Love all the tips! We might upgrade our dishwasher soon so I’ll bookmark this for later. Just pinned it!

  • Erin Sluka

    I throw my sponges in the dishwasher too. I just clean it every night and wipe counters to keep it from getting out of hand

  • Tiffany Haywood

    Really great tips Angela!! I have honestly never used my dishwasher 0 I know I’m an oddity but I just prefer to hand-wash. I love the tips about removing grease with lemon and cleansing sponges in the microwave. I’ll have to give those a try.

  • Natalie Ast

    some of these hacks are excellent! the appliances are also so gorgeous! xo, natalie http://nataliastyleblog.com

  • Blair Villanueva

    You know what, I want to have that same kitchen layout and design. It encourages you to enjoy cooking, and let members of the family enjoy it as well, and becomes a special place in your home.

  • Maddy Gutierrez

    I’ve always been afraid to use my wood cutting board, because I didn’t want to damage it when I cleaned it. Thank you for this!

  • jessica taylor

    i had no idea i could clean with lemon. my kitchen could use a good cleaning right now

  • Heather

    I’m finding that vinegar can do just about anything! I’m totally trying a few of these!

  • Princess Quinn

    Love all these hacks! It’s amazing how vinegar has a lot of uses, not only for some dish but also for cleaning.

  • Aduke Schulist

    I don’t have a microwave so I just throw my sponges out and replace them. I buy mine at Dollar Tree, so I don’t feel too bad about using 1 or 2 week.

  • Flyingkids

    These are really useful cleaning hacks! The kitchen is usually the dirties part of any home. These tips make it easy to keep one’s kitchen clean, organized and healthy.

  • Dalene Ekirapa

    It can be so boring to keep on cleaning the kitchen on a daily basis so these hacks would definitely come in handy. I agree that vinegar is so helpful around the kitchen; I use it to clean the fridge and the microwave with so much ease.

  • daria

    I am planning on a late “spring cleaning” of my kitchen. Will definitely use these great tips.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely love all of these ideas– especially because they use all natural safe ingredients like Vinegar and Baking soda. I didn’t know about the coffee grounds over night. I’m giving it a try 😉 I use baking soda boxes for both the freezer and fridge.
    Thanks for sharing these neat tips. <3

  • madelain

    Great tips. I’m going to start microwaving my sponges. thanks for the info