Five Kitchen Hacks To Help You Clean Quicker

By on 5th November 2014 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

Kitchen sink being cleaned with rubber gloves


Cleaning the kitchen isn’t the most appealing of tasks, but sadly it’s an area where there needs to be at least a little cleaning every day.

Whilst there are many different elements of the room that need cleaning, it doesn’t need to be as time-consuming as you may think.

Here are five top kitchen hacks to help you to get the room shiny and clean in no time at all.

1. Clean the microwave with a sponge.

Cleaning food splatters from the inside of the microwave can be a tough job if they’ve been there for a while.

To make cleaning your microwave easier, simply soak a sponge in water, place it directly on the turntable and heat for a minute.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll find that all of the old, caked-on food will be far easier to remove, saving you a huge amount of time.

2. Defrost your freezer with ease.

Defrosting the freezer is another one of those jobs that can often take far longer than expected – and can leave your hands feeling like it’s the middle of winter.

If you don’t have a frost-free freezer, you don’t need to spend hours chipping ice away or leaving it to defrost naturally. Simply remove all food from your freezer (and your fridge, if it’s part of the same appliance) and place in cool bags.

Turn off the power, and place towels on the floor and fridge and freezer shelves to soak up the water. You’ll also need a bucket into which to wring out the towels.

You can then either leave it to defrost on its own…or use a hairdryer to thaw the ice quicker. Just be careful to keep both the cable and the hairdryer itself away from the dripping water.

3. Clean your dishwasher…with vinegar.

As with all other kitchen appliances, dishwashers need to be cleaned on a regular basis…but how often do we actually do it?

Luckily, it’s a piece of cake, with no need for labour-intensive and time-consuming scrubbing.

Simply pour a cup of white vinegar into the base of the dishwasher and run on the hottest cycle, making sure that it is empty. The vinegar will not only disinfect your dishwasher and remove any smell, but will also help to wash away any residual grease.

4. Use flour to clean stainless steel.

If you have stainless steel cutlery or appliances that are looking a little dull and dirty, simply apply flour to a clean and dry cloth and use this to buff the steel.

After doing so, simply wipe off the flour residue with another clean, dry cloth.

5. Get a professional oven clean.

There are some jobs that take far too long to do yourself, and don’t always give the best results.

One of these is oven cleaning: not only will you need to use incredibly toxic chemicals, but it can be hard to clean your oven to a professional standard without labouring over it for hours.

Call in a professional oven cleaning service instead: it’ll save you time, and will give you the best possible result. Get a free quotation here.

Image credits:

Kitchen Sink from BigStock Photo

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.