Just as you shower your friends, family and partner with love to show you appreciate everything they do, it’s important to do the same for your kitchen. It goes through so much, with family parties, cooking and dining, it's no surprise that over time, mess and dirt can build up.
Here are our 7 favourite tips for showing your kitchen some love this Valentine's.
1. Sprucing up your sink and drain
Although you probably fill your sink with warm soapy water on a daily basis, dirty dishes can leave behind grime, cause rusting to your sink bowl and bring about clogged and blocked drains.
Try these 2 steps to leave your sink sparkling and smelling fresh.
Is your water running away slower than usual? A great way to clear up clogged drains and food build up is with soda crystals or bicarbonate of soda.
First, start the process by pouring a kettle of boiling water down your plughole. Next, pour your bicarbonate of soda or crystals down, using a judgement to how much you should use (rather to use too much than too little). After giving this ten minutes to settle, add white vinegar to the mix. This will start to bubble and react so you can watch the solution working its magic.
Leave the mixture for approximately 30 minutes so it has time to work on the drain build up, then finish off with another kettle of boiling water!
Your water should now run away quickly. To cancel out any lingering vinegar scent, add a capful on Zoflora (scented disinfectant) to your plughole and leave until you need to use the sink again.
Cleaning methods must be adapted to suit the material of your sink so as to not cause fading or damage.
Want to make your stainless steel sink shine? We would recommend using a specific cleaning spray (such as the Perfect Finish Stainless Steel spray by Cif) suited to steel sinks, along with a microfibre cloth to buff away streaks and marks. For steel taps and plugholes, a toothbrush is a great way to get into those difficult to reach spaces to battle all hidden dirt.
If you have a porcelain sink, bicarbonate of soda and washing-up liquid are your best friends. Create a paste using a tablespoon of bicarb, a few squirts of washing-up liquid, and a bit of warm water. Once you've mixed it together (probably best to use a small bowl), spoon into your sink and clean in circular motions using a non-abrasive dish cloth.
2. De-grease your hob and tiles
Our favourite miracle product for shifting stubborn greasy marks on hobs and tiles is 'The Pink Stuff Cleaning Paste.'
Available in most supermarkets, this paste can be used with a non-abrasive sponge to buff away dirty marks and leave your surfaces shining. After applying the product, rinse your sponge and go over the surface again with a wet sponge or cloth, then finish by wiping it down with a microfibre cloth for an ultimate shine.
3. Clean down your cupboards
For kitchen panels and cupboard doors, we recommend using a very weak soap solution (5% soap: 95% water), wiping each panel carefully with a damp cloth, then drying with a soft clean cloth.
If dusting then a clean, dry soft cloth is ideal to avoid scratching your doors.
We wouldn't recommend using wax-furniture polish, abrasive or aggressive cleaners, bleach or other hypohlorite (chlorine) based cleaners, multi-purpose cleaners, acetone, alcohol, solvent or similar products on your doors, as this could damage the surface.
4. Freshen up your fridge
As a place that holds an array of different food types, a fridge can quickly start to give off unwanted scents and become dirty from spillages.
To tackle your shelving, dilute a capful of scented disinfectant (we recommend Zoflora) and wipe down with a soft cloth. This will kill any unwanted germs and leave your fridge smelling fresh.
A great tip to get rid of unwanted smells is to place a small bowl or shot glass full of bicarbonate of soda in your fridge door. This will absorb lingering scents and leave your fridge odour free!
5. Disinfect your fabrics
Zoflora has many uses, and one of these is to help make your fabrics smell amazing. If your tea towels are starting to smell musty, dilute a capful of the disinfectant in a spray bottle, and simply spray down your towels after every use. If you are then placing these on a radiator to dry, your kitchen will be filled with the fresh scent!
To clean your dishcloths and sponges, a great tip from Instagram Influencer, Sophie Hinchcliffe (Mrs Hinch), is to leave them overnight in a sink full of diluted Zoflora. This will clean your fabrics, the sink and make your kitchen smell amazing all in one!
6. Tackle the bin
Cleaning the bin is probably the least favourite chore of most people, but once it's done thoroughly, you hopefully don't need to do it for a while.
With a diluted Zoflora solution, spray your bin down, on the outside and the inside, and wipe thoroughly with a cloth. Allow to dry naturally so the Zoflora scent lingers, then for an extra fragrant boost, soak a paper towel in concentrated Zoflora and pop this in the bottom before adding your big bag. Everytime you change the bag, change your paper towel to make sure your bin stays smelling fresh.
7. Sort out your storage
Give your kitchen some long-term love with new storage to get your internals organised and make it beautiful on the inside!
Finding it hard to reach pots and pans in a corner cupboard? Is your cutlery drawer cluttered and untidy? Have your food cupboards got no order?
Why not check out our range of storage solutions at Second Nature to help solve all of your organisation dilemas?
Have you got any kitchen cleaning tips you'd love to share? Are you planning on giving your kitchen a Valentine's clean?
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