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Expert reveals how to spring clean your kitchen using 5 household items


Hayley Simmons, director of UK-based kitchen company Magnet, told FEMAIL that household ingredients are a cost-effective way to clean

A kitchen expert has revealed how you can use pantry staples like nonstick cooking spray, salt, and lemon juice to deep clean your kitchen.

Hayley Simmons director of a UK based kitchen business Magnet told FEMAIL that household ingredients are a cost-effective means of cleaning.

She also said that the most important thing to consider when it comes to deep cleaning your kitchen is allowing enough time to get the job done right.

“Thoroughly cleaning your kitchen can be a chore for many, but there’s nothing more satisfying than a spotless kitchen. Those sparkling appliances, neatly organized cupboards, and spotless countertops make you feel fine,” she said.

She also shared the five natural cleaning alternatives to help you save time and money, while being more eco-friendly when spring cleaning your kitchen.

Baking soda and vinegar – for the oven

Cleaning the oven can be one of the most difficult and messy tasks in the kitchen, but this combination can save you hours of scrubbing.

‘Simply mix a paste with baking soda and vinegar and apply it to your oven walls and racks, where the fizzy reaction between these acidic and alkaline ingredients will help lift burnt-on food. Leave the mixture on for half an hour, then wipe off with a soapy sponge,” the expert said.

Cooking spray can be used to make everyday items nonstick so they're easier to clean

Cooking spray can be used to make everyday items nonstick so they’re easier to clean

Water and distilled vinegar – to remove accumulated dirt

“You don’t have to resort to harsh, harmful chemicals to combat the greasy residue that builds up on the hood after months of cooking delicious dinners,” she said.

Instead, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of water and distilled vinegar, spray the hood liberally and leave for 5-10 minutes, then wipe with a damp cloth.

‘Distilled vinegar can also be used to descale your kettle. Add your vinegar and bring to a boil. Then let it sit for an hour, then empty it and rinse it out and your kettle should look like new.

Lemon – to fight fat

Like vinegar, lemon juice is another great natural grease-fighting solution, and it leaves your kitchen smelling and fresh.


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Heating a cup of lemon juice in the microwave for three minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated, will remove stubborn burn spots so they can be easily wiped away with a sponge, leaving your microwave flawless.

Salt – for cleaning cutting boards

Since wood is a porous material, it can be particularly difficult to remove stains and discoloration from a wooden cutting board.

“Fortunately, there is a simple answer to this age-old problem: salt. Sprinkle coarse sea salt on your cutting board, then use half a lemon to rub the rough granules into the surface, loosening the trapped dirt,” she advised.

For plastic cutting boards, mix together baking soda, vinegar and lemon instead, she added.

Non-stick cooking spray – to protect cookware

‘This one is not directly used to help you clean up, but it will make the final job easier. The next time you grate your cheese using a grater, spray it with nonstick cooking oil first,” she said.

“It will prevent the cheese from sticking to the metal, which will make it much easier to clean. Cooking spray can also be used to measure sticky substances, such as honey or syrup, spray the dish or bowl first so you can then pour it without a stick.

The expert also said it’s essential to be prepared before tackling big cleaning jobs, which includes giving yourself plenty of time and getting everything out of the room before you start.

She also says it’s important to make a list of the things you plan to clean to make sure every job gets done.