The kitchen may be the room we often call the 'heart of the home', and it's also the place where we cook up (or microwave, depending on time) a treat. However, it can be an absolute pain to clean...
Taking this into account, Airtasker has compiled some simple tips that will ensure the hardest working room in your house stays its sparkling best.
1. Before you start
First things first - begin by clearing off the worksurfaces and counters - this ensures you have the space to get organised.
2. Oven approach
For the inside of your oven: mix baking soda and water into a paste and use a sponge to spread it around your interior surfaces (this includes the inside of the oven). Leave it for a few hours (if you can't remember when you last cleaned it, you can always leave it overnight), and then wipe away the remains with a damp sponge.
If you have any stubborn deposits of food debris that won't budge, try tackling it with a toothbrush coated in baking soda paste - it will soon be gone.
For your oven racks: remove the racks and soak them in coke for 15 minutes. After this, gently rub them with a scouring pad to remove any baked-on bits of food and rinse with warm water before slotting back in.
Deep cleaning your kitchen cupboards
The cupboards are typically a neglected spot, but going through them will actually provide you with a great chance to get rid of any expired food that, chances are, you'd forgotten you even had. After emptying the cabinets, it's time to hoover up or dust off any remaining crumbs and debris.
After this, you should create a solution of warm water and washing up liquid in an empty spray bottle. Then, add a few drops of tea tree oil and spritz your DIY mixture onto a dry microfibre cloth and wipe away the grime and grease that has formed on the interiors and doors.
'Rinse' with a separate damp cloth, and for the finishing touch, wipe it with a dry cloth. If something seems especially greasy, you could try a water and vinegar solution to give them a wipe - use one part vinegar and two parts cold water.
Deep cleaning the kitchen floor
The dirtiest section of the kitchen is typically the floor. This will ideally need a good clean at least on a weekly basis - however, the good news is they're incredibly easy to clean.
To start, give them a hoover (or sweep, if you'd rather). Then:
For wooden floors: mix a teaspoon of Castile soap with hot water into a spray bottle, along with your favourite smelling essential oils. Then spritz it lightly over the floor and wipe it with a microfibre mop.
For tiled floors: Mix any all-purpose cleaning solutions with some warm water to mop the floor with. You can then rinse it by mopping with some clean, warm water.
How to deep clean the sink
If you're under the impression that your sink is clean based on the dish-washing liquid you use each week, you're wrong - it still requires a proper clean once a week, at least. Using a mix of baking soda and lime solution, along with a sponge, will be all you need to give it a scrub. Then, when you're cleaning the fixtures, give them a polish with a white vinegar and water mixture too.
Deep cleaning your hob
There's no denying the stove is susceptible to both grime and dirt. So simply give it a clean by wiping it with a damp sponge, along with dish-washing liquid - simply wipe it with a soft dry cloth.
If you have some stubborn splotches, give it a scrub with a Brillo pad before loosening it with a damp, warm sponge.
How to deep clean your fridge
Out of sight, out of mind, eh? That's what many of us think when it comes to putting off cleaning the fridge. However, if you don't want to have dirt in the place you keep your best fresh food, it's time to give it an intensive scrub.
Begin by moving your food to any of the coolers you have, prior to turning off your fridge from the back and then beginning to tackle the interior.
Creating a mixture of warm water (1 litre) and baking soda (2 tablespoons) - using a microfibre cloth, you can wipe the mix over the interior, shelves and bins. Then, rinse it with a clean damp cloth and wipe it dry with a separate soft cloth.
When you try to reach the hard to reach crevices, you can use a pointy cotton bud that you soak in soapy water. Then it's time to restock and bask in a clean fresh smell.
When it comes to the fridge door, give it a clean with a solution of water and vinegar if it's stainless steel - if it isn't, use a solution that you would use for kitchen cabinets.