5 Hacks for Spring Cleaning the Kitchen

Your kitchen sees a lot of use, most of it messy. Sick of the grime? Make your kitchen glisten with these spring cleaning kitchen hacks from Mr. Junk.

5 Kitchen Cleaning Hacks

  1. A lemony-fresh kitchen sink. Does your sink stink? Here’s the solution: get an ice cube tray and fill it with sliced lemons. Fill the leftover space with vinegar. Stick the tray in an out-of-the-way area of the freezer. Every time your garbage disposal smells particularly putrid, you can drop a cube down the sink, run the disposal, and wait for the lemony-fresh scent to waft up toward your nose.
  2. Scrub your sink (round 2). Take 2 on the citrus and neutralizer cleaning method: slice a lemon or lime in half and coat it with baking soda. Scrub away!
  3. french fries in cast iron skilletCleaning cast iron. Soap and a sponge is death to a cast iron skillet. So how are you supposed to clean it? Pick up a shaker of coarse salt from the grocery store. Shake a generous amount into the skillet, then use a rag or soft sponge to scrub. To make your cast iron gleam (and improve the nonstick factor), season your skillet when you’re done.
  4. Play with your food. How can you clean artwork (in the kitchen or elsewhere) without damaging the canvas? Cut a bagel in half and use the soft side to gently rub the surface of your paintings. Weird, but it works.
  5. Clean your dishwasher. Does your dishwasher have soap scum, leftover food particles, or a generally grimy look? Clean it before reloading the dishwasher. Put a cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe container on the top shelf. Run it on the highest temperature, then sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run it again.

Has your spring cleaning unearthed faulty kitchen appliances, duplicate bakeware, or kitchen clutter? Call Mr. Junk to haul away old kitchen equipment so you can get a fresh start on meal prep.

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