Cleaning the kitchen isn’t only for appearances; it gets rid of germs, allergens, and odours. Pests like mice, ants, and cockroaches are drawn to dirty kitchens as well, so it’s important that you keep up. The Exterminators in Brampton recommend that you tidy up every day to keep pests out. Proper kitchen hygiene is important for your health and overall wellbeing.

The secret to a clean kitchen is routine (and vinegar). Figure out which time of day works best for you and make it more enjoyable by putting on some music or a show.

As those tricky parts of the kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of hacks that should help you out. Here are kitchen cleaning hacks you have to try.

Make grout look new again

Grout collects dirt and changes colour with time. Give it a facelift by spraying the grout with a mixture of 4 cups of water, ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar, 1/3 cup lemon juice. Cover the grout generously. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub the grout clean with a brush. Gently wipe the dirt away with a towel.

Clean the range hood with baking soda

The range hood collects oil, then it gets clogged and doesn’t work properly. Bring a large pot of water to boil, then mix in some baking soda, one ¼ cup at a time, until the mixture fizzes. Then, put in the vents and let them sit for about a minute. Flip the vents over and boil for another minute and watch all the grease come off.

Vinegar in dishwasher

Place a bowl full of white vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher with your next load. The vinegar will help clean the dishwasher itself and fight water stains, so your dishes come out brighter.

Baking soda for coffee stains

Sprinkle the bottoms of your stained mugs with baking soda, then add water to form a paste. Then, scrub the mugs gently with a cloth. The consistency of the baking soda will scrub the stains right off.

Baking soda and lemon juice for sink odours

Clear the drain in your kitchen sink with boiling water, then pour about a cup of baking soda after it. Pour a cup of lemon juice after it, then let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes. The chemical reaction will remove grease and help the sink smell better. Finish by pouring more boiling water.

Vinegar and lemon ice cubes for garbage disposal

Garbage disposals can get stinky over time. To clean the drain, simply freeze some cubes of white vinegar and pieces of lemon, then pour them down the drain and run the disposal. The ice will provide gentle abrasion, while the vinegar and lemon will disinfect.

Clean the microwave with lemons

Lemon juice is so acidic, it’s like a natural bleach. Cut a lemon in half, then squeeze its juice into a bowl of about half a cup of water. Then, put the lemon halves into the bowl and microwave everything for about 3 minutes. Leave the microwave door closed for another 5 minutes, then take the bowl out and wipe the microwave clean. The lemon vapour will loosen the gunk in your microwave, making it easy to clean.

Use wax paper to keep the tops of cabinets clean

What might be the easiest hack of all is to leave sheets of wax paper on the tops of your kitchen cabinets. The wax paper will collect the dust and grease that would normally cling to your cabinets, making cleanup so easy. Simply change these sheets once or twice a year to keep your cabinets clean.

Remove bottom oven drawer to clean floor

Pulling the oven out to clean the floor underneath might be near impossible. So, remove the drawer at the bottom of the oven, instead. Removing this part will let you vacuum and wipe the floor there without pulling the oven out from the counter. Easy!

Run blender to clean itself

Ever wondered how to give the blender a good clean? Fill it with hot, soapy water, then turn it on so it cleans itself! Then, rinse the blender with hot water to remove the soap.

Soak faucet head in vinegar

White vinegar is a powerful, natural cleaner. Pour some into a sandwich bag, then attach the bag around the head of the sink’s faucet with a rubber band. The vinegar will break down the minerals that are clogging up the faucet. Leave the bag there overnight for best results. You can do this in the shower, too!