In this kitchen cleaning guide we’re going take you through which products you need to add your arsenal, along with some useful kitchen cleaning hacks you can do at home with some everyday essentials.
First things first, you’ll need to get your hands on some good quality sponge cloths to make cleaning your kitchen a breeze. We’d recommend The Essentials by Spontex which includes 4 sponge clothes that are highly absorbent, or this 5 pack of If You Care Cellulose & Cotton Natural Sponge Clothes which are plastic-free and plant-based, which makes them a good quality, planet-friendly option.
Cleaning your kitchen sink
Let’s start off by getting your kitchen sink clean and shiny. We want to keep this quick and easy so a great product to use is Mr Muscle’s Advanced Power Kitchen Cleaner. It’s tough on grease and stubborn stains and offers great versatility as it can be used in most areas of your kitchen. All you need to do is spray your sink until it’s thoroughly covered with the cleaning solution, leave this for a few minutes so it can work on your dirty sink, then simply wipe away with a damp cloth. You’ll be left with a sparkly clean basin that smells wonderfully fresh.
If you need a cleaning product with fewer allergens, then this Method Stainless Steel Cleaner is great to use. It’s made with plant-based ingredients and has a gentle, non-toxic formula which is especially good if you have young children at home. It cleans and polishes stainless steel surfaces just as well as a conventional cleaner and won’t leave you with streaks marks or scratched surfaces.
Limescale is often found in hard water areas and whilst it’s not harmful to us, it just doesn’t look very clean. In your kitchen it’s likely that you’ll find limescale build up on your taps, but sometimes it can be found in your kettle or dishwasher (we’ve got some tips to clean those coming up later – stay tuned). Viakal Classic Limescale Remover Cleaning Spray is a great solution that will remove limescale from your kitchen taps without damaging them. Simply spray onto your taps, leave to set for a couple of minutes then wipe off with a damp sponge cloth.
If you need a cleaning solution with fewer chemicals, Ecover’s Limescale Remover offers a plant-based formula which works just as well to remove limescale build up, again it’s a simple spray on, leave to set and wipe away.
Cleaning kitchen counters and floors
You can’t go wrong with a tough, all-purpose cleaner to get your counters looking clean as well as sanitised from any nasty bacterias. For that reason, we recommend the environmentally friendly OceanSaver Multipurpose Starter Kit, it’s shipped in tablet form and all you need to do is mix it with some tap water in the spray bottle supplied, give it a good shake and it’s ready to use. This ensures that it’s reusable and will save you from having to buy a new plastic spray bottle every time which makes it good for your home and good for the planet. It’s safe to use on other kitchen surfaces that need a quick clean too such as your kitchen cabinets, fridge, wall tiles, bins, tables, you name it.
If there are any tough stains on your countertops that aren’t shifting, there’s a cheap but effective solution for that. Get your hands on a tub of The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste – this stuff works wonders. Apply a small dab of the paste to those stubborn marks and scrub with an old toothbrush or scouring pad, and watch the marks lift right off the surface. The Pink Stuff is also especially good at shining your kitchen taps.
You can’t help but get your kitchen floor dirty from time to time so it’s crucial you’ve got a floor cleaner on hand to clean any messes or spills. Whether you’ve got tiles, vinyl, concrete or laminate in your kitchen, Method’s Floor Cleaner suits them all, and can therefore be used in any area of your house with hard floors. There’s no water required to use this product, so simply squirt directly onto your floor and mop away to reveal a clean, shiny floor.
Deep cleaning your kitchen
Who said deep cleaning needs to be difficult? It’s much easier than you think and thankfully for most appliances, you can get away with a soft cloth and a mild cleaner like Method’s Anti-Bac Multi-Surface Cleaner which has a gentle formula to lift dirt and kills 99.9% of bacteria. This will help you revive your kitchen appliances and bring them back to life so they can look brand new, and it may just help you get a few more years out of them.
Cleaning your oven and stain ridden hob just got a lot easier thanks to Ecover’s Oven & Hob Cleaner, it's a gentle oven cleaner made with biodegradable ingredients and has been formulated to remove grease build-up and burnt on food marks that are always a struggle to remove. However, if there are marks that don't want to budge, it’s time to pull out the old toothbrush and the Pink Stuff Miracle Paste again and give it a good scrub.
Using household products to clean your kitchen
Whilst cleaning products are great to use in your kitchen, you may not always have them at hand, and that’s why it’s important to keep some household essentials in your cupboards that you can use for some quick cleaning. Try out some of these cleaning hacks in your kitchen using everyday household products instead of chemical cleaners.
Clean your floors naturally
Want a natural way to clean your kitchen floor? Well with just warm water and white vinegar you can make your very own floor cleaner at home. This will work just as effectively as a floor cleaner because of the acidity in white vinegar, it’s powerful at dissolving grime and grease which makes cleaning dirty floors a breeze. It’s a simple formula and all you need to do is mix up equal parts of warm water and white vinegar into a bucket and mop your floor with it. The Miniml White Vinegar comes in a 5 litre size to keep you stocked up for a quite a while, and what makes this white vinegar different is that it’s eco-friendly and biodegradable.
Descale your kettle and dishwasher
It’s vinegar to the rescue again here, and the best bit is that you won’t even need to do most of the work, the appliances will do it for you. For your kettle, measure our equal parts of white vinegar and tap water, and fill your kettle with the solution so it’s ¾ full. Boil your kettle and leave to cool, pour out the solution and rinse several times until the limescale has all gone (you can give the stubborn areas a light scrub with a long-handled brush). Fill the kettle once more with just tap water, boil again, and spill.
For the dishwasher, you need to run 2 empty cycles. For the first cycle, get a bowl of 240ml white vinegar and pop into the top compartment of your dishwasher. Once the first cycle is done, you need to sprinkle 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda at the bottom of your dishwasher and run the second cycle. The 2 ingredients will combine to loosen any limescale build up which the dishwasher will rinse away.
Microwave cleaning made easy
For your microwave, all you need to do is loosen any food stains and splatter marks. Get a bowl with some water mixed with a couple of spoons of the Miniml White Vinegar, pop into the microwave and heat on a high power for 2 to 3 minutes. Let this cool for a while and then open your microwave door and watch how those tough marks will easily wipe away with a damp cloth.
Need your drain unblocked and don’t have time to run to the shops? You can make do with bicarbonate of soda & white vinegar. Pour some boiling water down your drain, then follow this up with a cup of bicarbonate of soda and a 1:1 cup ratio of water and white vinegar, leave this for 5 to 10 minutes and then follow up with some more boiling water. This will loosen the clog and unblock your drain in a matter of minutes.
Easy blender cleaning
Blenders can be tough to clean, especially when you’ve mixed up a healthy, thick smoothie, but all you need to do is fill the blender with some hot water and a squirt of dish soap and blend. You'll be left with a foamy solution which will have loosened all the dirt in the blender, pour this out into the sink and give it a final rinse in hot water. Now that’s cleaning made easy.
Stained coffee mugs
If there’s one thing you’ll learn from today’s article, it’s that bicarbonate of soda and vinegar is one powerful cleaning combination. Add a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda into your coffee-stained mug, a drop of dish soap and a drop of white vinegar, then top it off with warm water, let this get to work and then give it a gentle scrub to reveal the true white in your favourite mug.
Cleaning made easy
That brings us to the end of this kitchen cleaning guide, so it’s time to put everything you’ve learnt into practice and save yourself from constantly cleaning up your kitchen. You deserve to buy back your time and do the things you really love, and we’re sure that doesn’t include cleaning your kitchen sink, oven, or microwave every evening.
Stay tuned as we’ll have some more cleaning guides coming your way very soon.