Top 10 Tasks for a Sparkling Kitchen

From conquering cabinets to polishing the floors, no kitchen is complete without tackling these essential chores. Get on your way to a squeaky clean space where saucepans shine and counters gleam!

  1. FLUSH THE DRAIN Drain clogs with this homemade recipe: Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, then half a cup of distilled white vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet rag. After five minutes or so, pour some boiling water down. No more clogs.
  2. GIVE THE TOASTER SOME TLC Clean out your toaster regularly or those crumbs will cause a burnt odor—or, worse yet, catch on fire! Line the crumb tray with foil and replace the foil when necessary.
  3. GET GREASE STAINS OFF THE WALLS With grease, time is of the essence. Get at those stray grease spots immediately with a clean rag, hot water and a little Dish Soap.
  4. CLEAN THE VENT HOOD Take off the metal filter, soak it in the sink in hot, soapy water, then put it in the dishwasher. The grease will come right off—with minimal effort on your part. Wipe the exterior of the hood with Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner.
  5. MAKE SAUCEPANS SHINE AND GRIDDLES GLEAM Nice pots and pans make a real difference—get good ones and take good care of them. For stainless steel pans, wash in warm, soapy water using a soft sponge and dry immediately so you don’t get water stains.
  6. BE SHARP ABOUT KNIVES Food residue will damage blades, so clean knives immediately after each use. Don’t wash them in your dishwasher since the high temperatures are harmful. Mild soap and water will do the trick. Dry them off right away.
  7. ELIMINATE SINK STINK If there is a lingering smell, and you’re just not sure where it’s coming from, check the garbage disposal. Toss a few lemon or orange peels down there and grind them up to disinfect and add a nice, fresh scent.
  8. STEAM THE MICROWAVE Put a wet rag inside and turn the microwave on for a minute. The steam will melt those pesky grease spots so you can wipe them down quickly and easily.
  9. SCOUR THE OVEN Pour salt onto any fresh stains; it will absorb food and allow the mess to be easily wiped clean. For general cleaning, sprinkle the interior with baking soda, spritz it with water and let it sit overnight. Take out the racks and scrub them with steel wool to get off any grime. Then be sure to line the oven and broiler with foil—it will make cleanup even easier the next time.
  10. CLEAN THE FLOORS Sealed hardwood floors hardly need any care; you can just use a mop dampened with water and All Purpose Cleaner. For ceramic tile, you don’t even need a cleaner to make them sparkle; just use a mop damped with Multi-Surface Concentrate.