Just a Few Clever Kitchen Cleaning Tricks that will ASTONISH You!

Anyone who cooks, or eats for that matter, knows that the kitchen can be an incredibly messy place! Whether hosting a dinner for six or microwaving a frozen entrée, food messes, stains, splashes, and splatter are bound to happen in almost every kitchen. Fortunately, there are all kinds of handy little tips and tricks out there to help keep your kitchen shiny and bright, no matter how many times your soup boils over!

HouseBeautiful.com is brimming with helpful articles. Among them are these great bunch of life hacks that help you polish those pots and pans with basic ingredients you usually have on hand anyway. For example, a very useful trick to clean cast iron. Cast iron has been around for centuries- cast iron implements have been dated to as early as 5th century BC in today's China. Nowadays it is best known for producing beautiful crispy golden pan fried dishes and savoury Dutch oven stews. It is also very popular as a camping staple for cooking over the fire. But, for all its strengths- cast iron can be a bit of a mystery when it comes to proper cleaning and maintenance.

Hardwood floors can transform any home into a thing of beauty. They are majestic yet cozy, natural yet sleek, and make cleaning up messes a breeze- and yet, how do you keep them looking shiny and brilliant? Well, you could spend hours in the sundries aisle reading the backs of countless bottles claiming to give your floors an impressive sheen with multiple chemicals that you can hardly pronounce, or, you could grab some vinegar from your pantry. With a standard mop and a bucket of warm water with a 9:1 ratio of vinegar (9 parts water 1 part vinegar), your floor will be bright and shiny in a lick!

You can never have too many house cleaning tips, especially anything that's going to make your life a bit easier, and your house a bit cleaner. There are basically two kinds of stains on painted walls and that is oil and and waterborne. Carl Minchew from Benjamin Moore's suggests taking a wet cloth or paper towel to the waterborne ones such as wine, Jell-O, ketchup, mustard, even smashed mosquitoes. For oily stains such as cooking grease or crayon, you can try using a little mild dishwashing soap mixed in with water, and then rinsing with water.

I bet you didn't know you can use hydrogen peroxide for some of your house cleaning. You can remove almost any coffee or juice stains with a little hydrogen peroxide in water, plus a few drops of ammonia. For everyday wear and tear of your stone countertops, you can buff away small scratches with superfine dry steel wool called grade 0000. To clean your tile floors or a backsplash, you can mix baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Just pour half a cup of baking soda into two gallons of water. Then scrub with a string mop or sponge.

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