Every 3 months it’s a good idea to open your cupboard and clean the shelves.
1. Start by removing the contents, when removing them check to ensure no products have expired.
2. Next clean the shelves with a warm cloth and white vinegar, this will ensure any sticky residue is removed from the shelves but doesn’t leave lots of bubbles.
3. Ensure cupboard is dry then put contents back.
Most people would not think about cleaning the inside of your dishwasher, but like you washing machine, if you clean it regulary, any debris and deposits do not build up, this will assist in helping prolonging the life of your dishwasher.
To clean your dishwasher:
1. Run the dishwasher or wait until the cycle has finished then empty your dishwasher.
2. Check all the spinning arms are working – ensure any spray holes are not blocked.
3. Wipe around the edges of the door and the gasket.
4. Clean the bottom of the door.
5. Ensure the bottom of your dishwasher has no debris in it and check the grate and remove. Then clear our any debris left in the grate (check with your dishwasher manual to ensure you clean your grates correctly).
6. Remove any hardwater scale or deposits.
7. Refill the rinse aid compartment.
8. Clean the baskets if needed.
9. Clean the front of your dishwasher.
10. You can purchase a dishwasher cleaning from your supermarket and run through a cycle with this inserted correctly into your machine.
If your dishwasher has left white marks on the inside of your glasses, use a little vinegar or white wine vinegar on a cloth and gently rub the marks. When they have gone wash the glasses in washing up liquid and rinse thoroughly.
If your sink needs a light cleaning, start by filling it part way with hot water.
1. Add a squirt or two of liquid dishwashing detergent while the water is running to build a nice soapy froth.
2. Using a kitchen brush made of soft nylon bristles or a pot scrubber, (don’t use a steel wool pad, a Brillo pad, or a scrubber made of copper) scrub the bottom and sides of the sink while the water is sitting in the sink. Don’t fill the sink so full that you can’t move the brush around without spilling water on the floor.
3. Once the sink has been scrubbed, let the water out and rinse.
4. Pour a bit of distilled white vinegar on a paper towel and wipe the sink down to add shine.
Clean your oven shelves easily
After the Christmas break you may wish to clean your oven. To easily remove grease and grime from the shelves, take them out of the oven and lay them in your bath (taking care not to scratch the bath). As you are filling the bath with water add a strong fabric washing powder, only fill the bath to cover the shelves. Soak in water for approximately 30 minutes. Rub lightly with a scrubbing brush and the grease should come off easily (if it doesn’t leave to soak for a bit longer). When grease has gone, wash with fairy liquid and rinse thoroughly with water. Leave to drain before taking back and putting into oven.
Did you know that brown tea stains on your sink can be cleaned easily with bicarbonated soda? Please buy some and ask your cleaning lady to use it. It’s natural product and delivers good results. Good luck!