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How Should I Clean My Refrigerator?

March 15, 2018

Once you have all your kitchen cleaning products to hand (remember: no disinfectant!), it’s time to consider how to tackle the refrigerator. Here are some handy methods:

  • It may seem obvious, but remove all food before starting. Even if you’re only using natural products, you don’t want to be reaching around objects. Having an empty fridge makes the process so much easier, and removes the possibility of contamination.
  • Take out all removable parts, such as shelves and drawers. Fill a basin with warm water and regular dish-washing soap and leave these parts to soak before wiping and rinsing.
  • Wipe all surface areas either with commercial wipes, or with a combination of dish-washing soap and warm water. Use a microfiber cloth or a good quality sponge – these cleaning tools will not fall apart and leave little particles behind in the fridge.
  • For stubborn stains, mix a small amount of baking soda with a little water to produce a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stain and leave for an hour before wiping with a damp sponge or cloth. The baking soda should loosen the stain, making it easy to wipe away.

One Way To Clean An Oven At-Home

March 15, 2018

Why Is a Clean Oven Important?

Although it’s certainly not a glamorous task—and can easily be an “out of sight, out of mind” thing—regularly cleaning your oven improves the quality of the food you cook in it.

The aromas of any stuck-on grease or dirt could influence the dish you’re cooking.


How to Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Remove everything from your oven—racks, pizza stone, thermometer, etc.
  2. Lay out newspapers or paper towels on the floor beneath your oven.
  3. Grab a small bowl and mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Tweak the ratio until you have a spreadable paste.
  4. Put on your gloves and using your fingers, spread the paste around the inside of your oven, covering the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners and crevices. If you have an electric oven, don’t put paste on the heating elements. If you have a gas oven, don’t put the paste where the gas comes through. Close the oven when you’re done.
  5. Allow paste to sit for 10 - 12 hours, or overnight.
  6. In the meantime, place racks in your kitchen sink (or bathtub, if you have extra large racks). Sprinkle baking soda on your racks and then pour vinegar on top. This combination will foam. When the foaming stops, plug your sink or tub and run hot water until the racks are fully covered.
  7. Allow racks to sit for 10 - 12 hours, or overnight.
  8. After 10 - 12 hours, put on your gloves again and taking a damp cloth rag, open the oven and wipe down all surfaces. If there are extra sticky spots, use a wet scouring pumice, microfiber sponge, or other abrasive tool to remove all grime.
  9. If there are chunks of paste that won’t come off easily, put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on the chunks. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and foam. Take your damp cloth again and wipe off all foam.
  10. Remove racks from the water and scrub with a cloth rag until all grease and grime is gone. Use the pumice or microfiber sponge on any tough spots.
  11. Dry racks and place them back in the oven.
  12. You’re done!