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kitchen cleaning: green tips and tricks

One of my goals for this year is to simplify our daily and weekly routines, leaving more time for things that matter most. I would rather snuggle than clean, but cleaning must be done, so why not do it smarter? Over the next few days, I’ll be presenting simple solutions and time-saving shortcuts to many routine (and not-so-routine-because-I-hate-doing-them) household tasks. Many of the solutions are green. I’m beginning in the kitchen, since it’s where our family (and probably yours) spends a lot of our days and where I spend most of my time cleaning.

PLEASE NOTE: In many instances, I list the materials used for the job, but refer to the original source for the full instructions. PLEASE use the original source as your how-to guide for each task. I have tried many, but not all of the ideas listed here. Please use wisdom. If you’re concerned about the effect of substance on a particular surface, do your own research and test on an inconspicuous area first.

I’ll be updating this resource as I discover new tips and tricks so if you have one to submit, let me know in the comments.
Happy cleaning!

L A R G E   A P P L I A N C E S

How to clean the inside of the dishwasher | Wipe out the interior with a wet rag. Put a cup of vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher through one complete cycle. Remove remaining stains by wiping out again, with white vinegar.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: askannamoseley.com

How to make your own dishwasher pellets | Make your own dishwasher pellets with borax, washing soda, lemon juice, epsom salt in ice-cube trays.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: budget101.com

How to clean a greasy stove hood vent | clean a greasy stove hood vent by soaking it in boiling water and baking soda.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: onegoodthingbyjillee.com

How to clean a glass cooktop without scrubbing | remove dried spills from your glass cooktop with baking soda and dish towels soaked with hot water. This one’s my favorite. No scrubbing required!!!
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: behindthestudio.com

How to keep fridge shelves clean | keep fridge shelves clean by covering them with Saran Wrap Press n’ Seal.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: amandathevirtuouswife.blogspot.com

S M A L L   A P P L I A N C E S

How to clean a drip coffee maker | Clean a drip coffee maker with lemon, ice, and salt or with vinegar.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: home-ec101.com

How to clean a coffee grinder | to clean the coffee grinder, grind a handful of rice.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: amumntheoven.blogspot.com

How to clean small stainless appliances | Clean small stainless appliances with cream of tartar. FULL INSTRUCTIONS: areal-lifehousewife.com

How to clean a blender without scrubbing | clean the blender by adding warm soapy water and turning it on.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: areal-lifehousewife.com

How to clean the microwave | clean the inside of the microwave without scrubbing by heating water and vinegar and allowing the steam to work its magic.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: craftylittlegnobe.blogspot.com

How to clean and deodorize the garbage disposal | clean the garbage disposal and sharpen blades with lemon vinegar ice cubes.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: homespothq.com

OR clean and deodorize the garbage disposal with baking soda and lemon juice.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: funhomethings.com

How to clean a George Foreman Grill without scrubbing | clean your George Foreman grill by placing a damp paper towel inside as soon as you remove the food.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: cookingclub.com

F I X T U R E S

How to shine a stainless steel sink | shine a stainless steel sink with vinegar, baking soda, boiling water and olive oil.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: amumntheoven.blogspot.com

How to remove rust on stainless steel | there are a variety of methods for safely removing rust from stainless steel without the use of harsh chemicals. They include baking soda, vinegar, and cream of tartar.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: diylife.com

How to remove mineral deposits around faucets | remove mineral deposit build-up around the base of faucets by soaking a paper towel in vinegar and applying it to the affected area.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: joyfulhomemaking.com

C O O K W A R E,   D I S H E S,   E T C…

How to remove baked-on food from cookware| remove baked-on food by filling cookware by soaking a dryer sheet and hot water in it overnight.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: apartmenttherapy.com

How to polish tarnished cookie sheets | shine up old cookie sheets with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: onegoodthingbyjillee.com

How to polish a lot of silver at once | polish all your silver at once with table salt and baking soda in a sink lined with aluminum foil. The tarnish transfers to the foil!
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: susanbranch.com

How to clean cutting boards | disinfect and remove stains from cutting boards with kosher salt and a lemon.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: 5dollardinners.com

How to remove coffee stains from mugs | remove stains from coffee mugs with vinegar.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: amumntheoven.blogspot.com

How to clean inside vases and jars | remove residue from jars and vases with vinegar and dry rice.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: amumntheoven.blogspot.com

How to scrub glass bakeware | scrub glass bakeware with aluminum foil.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: realsimple.com

How to clean a high chair tray | make your own child-safe high chair cleaning spray with vinegar, water, and essential oil.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: queenmotherblog.com

How to clean sippy cup lids, straws & other small items | corral small items in the top rack of the dishwasher with a lingerie bag.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: tasteofhome.com

L I N E N S

How to remove grease stains | absorb grease on chair cushions and other fabrics with cornmeal. FULL INSTRUCTIONS: realsimple.com

M I S C E L L A N E O U S

How to sanitize cleaning sponges | disinfect cleaning sponges in the microwave.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS: momsagainstcooties.com

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p.s. Want to get your kids on board with the household cleaning? Here are our free printable chore cards.

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