15 of the best kitchen cleaning hacks

Kitchen cleanup has never been easier.

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  • Picking kids up from soccer practice, going to work, cooking dinner, making time for the gym, dropping kids off at dance lessons, doing laundry, trying to spend time with your spouse... the list goes on. The fact is, there is never enough time. Cooking, eating and cleaning can easily eat up the last bit of time you had left in your day.

  • Here are 15 kitchen cleaning hacks for you to make cleanup a little faster and a lot easier:

  • 1. Remember your ABC's

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  • "Always Be Cleaning." If you continually clean, there will rarely be a big mess to clean up. Once you put dinner in the oven, wash the dishes. As you walk through the house, pick up the dirty clothes and start a load of laundry. Tidy as you go and teach your children to do the same. Teach them to put things away before leaving a room.

  • 2. Never scrub a caked on mess again

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    Posted by Tri Wulan Dari on Friday, November 25, 2016
  • Here's your solution to caked on messes from lasagna or casserole dishes: put hot water in the dish, place a dryer sheet into the pan and let it soak overnight. The mess wipes right off in the morning.

  • 3. Prevent container stains

  • This bowl had spaghetti in it. We put bleach in it to help get the orange stain out. It didn't take the orange out anywhere except above the orange stain! .

    Posted by Rayetta Self on Thursday, October 2, 2014
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  • Does your leftover pasta or red sauces stain your food storage containers? Spray the containers with cooking spray first. No more stains and easy cleanup for later!

  • 4. Sponges and dishcloths

  • Get cleaned up 👋 15% of sponges contain #bacteria that can make you ill! Toss yours in the dishwasher or microwave it, damp, on high for 30 seconds. Via Health Magazine

    Posted by Goldshield Technologies on Saturday, May 7, 2016
  • Always keep your sponges and dishcloths clean to avoid spreading germs by laundering them daily (or at least setting out a clean one every day). Run sponges through the dishwasher cycle when doing dishes. For more ideas on how to thoroughly clean your neglected dishrags, sponges and other things, click here.

  • 5. Freeze your plastic wrap

  • Does your plastic wrap stretch unevenly and rip? Here is an easy solution for you: keep it in the fridge. :) That's right, cold plastic wrap behaves better, sticking and tearing less! #kitchenhacks

    Posted by HOMESOY on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
  • This keeps it from sticking to itself when you tear off a piece - seriously. Easy-to-work-with plastic wrap avoids frustration when putting away leftovers. Simply keep the box of plastic wrap in the freezer all the time.

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  • 6. Refresh your dishwasher

  • http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/smell-hacks/7 Clean your dishwasher AND leave it smelling like lemons in the the process (yum!).

    Posted by Smart School House on Monday, August 24, 2015
  • Brown, pink or green buildup in your dishwasher? No matter the color, toss a couple scoops of powdered Tang or lemon Kool Aid in and run the empty dishwasher through a complete cycle. The acidic powder will leave your dishwasher as good as new.

  • 7. Steam your microwave

  • GMH's Random Tip of the Day: Easy microwave clean up! To clean up your microwave without too much scrubbing, first...

    Posted by KTVO on Tuesday, January 5, 2016
  • Chemicals and hard scrubbing can ruin the interior of your microwave. Pour one cup water and one tablespoon vinegar in a glass jar. Microwave on high for five minutes and the mess will wipe right up.

  • Bonus tip: If you want an invigorating smell, try using lemons instead of vinegar. Then, run the lemons and a couple ice cubes through your sink's garbage disposal to freshen up the smell and sharpen the blades.

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  • 8. Remove sticky dust

  • Use a few drops of Vegetable Oil on a paper towel to clean the greasy grimy stuff off your stove hood - not sure how it...

    Posted by Quick & Easy Supper Ideas From Cooking-With-Us.Com on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
  • That gross layer of dust covering your stovetop overhang will now come off with this trick. Put some cooking or mineral oil on a paper towel and wipe the surface clean. Follow with dish soap and warm water to clean off the oil residue.

  • 9. Wipe away the crusty stove top

  • Super easy way to clean your stove top! Make a paste of baking soda and peroxide. Apply to surface, and let sit....wipe...

    Posted by Courtney Luper on Sunday, February 28, 2016
  • Scrubbing at a crusty, burnt-on mess usually doesn't do much (no matter how much elbow grease you use). Combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste. Cover the stove top. Allow it to sit for 45 minutes and wipe away - no elbow grease required.

  • 10. Make your stove burners shine

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  • Whew! We've found an easy, no scrub way to clean stove top burners and drip pans: http://ow.ly/nvRR308LMw0 #tiptuesday

    Posted by The Pampered House Maid Service on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • Stove top burners quickly look dingy from accumulated stains cooked to a hardened surface. Take them off from the stove, put them in a garbage bag with just enough ammonia to cover them, tie the bag up to soak overnight and they will look brand new the next morning.

  • 11. Goodbye dirty oven

  • WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CLEANED YOUR OVEN? It’s the festive season is baking season, make sure you are baking in a...

    Posted by Gloria Flour on Monday, December 26, 2016
  • Coat the inside of your oven with a mixture of baking soda, water and dish soap. Let it soak for at least 15 minutes and wipe off the residue. Take a clean rag and wipe over it once more to thoroughly rinse it. Your oven will be sparkling clean.

  • 12. Dust the blinds

  • I wish I'd known this tip a long time ago! THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN WINDOW BLINDS: http://www.onecrazyhouse.com/how-to-clean-window-blinds/

    Posted by One Crazy House on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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  • Blinds are dust collectors. Wrap a pair of tongs in microfiber cloths with one on each side. Secure the cloths with rubber bands. Place a blind in the middle of the tongs and rub the dust away with side to side motions.

  • 13. Remove calcium buildup

  • Is your showerhead or sink faucet covered in hard water? Is the calcium buildup causing it to spray in crazy directions or blocking it from spraying all together? Fill a plastic bag with vinegar. Place the faucet in the bag and tightly secure it with a rubberband. Let it soak for an hour. The calcium buildup will dissolve. Click here for the tutorial.

  • 14. Freshen up the cutting boards

  • #TipTuesday- Clean your wooden cutting board by sprinkling with salt. Next, scour the cutting board with half a lemon,...

    Posted by Metro Appliances & More - OKC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016
  • Clean and freshen your wooden cutting boards by rubbing salt on the surface with half a lemon.

  • 15. Clean the refrigerator

  • Happiness is a clean fridge!! #organize

    Posted by ClutterBug Organizing Tips on Sunday, October 23, 2016
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  • Once a week, take inventory of what is in your fridge. Throw expired things away and make sure you're not growing moldy science experiments in leftover food. This will help your kitchen smell clean and fresh while helping you know what needs to go on next week's grocery list.

  • Bonus tip: pleasant aromas make a house feel like a home. Make your house smell amazing by simmering a pot of water with orange slices, a few sprigs of rosemary and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Watch the tutorial here.

  • You've got a busy schedule, but your kitchen doesn't have to show that. Follow these tips to keep people wondering how you do it all.

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Kristina Tieken is a staff writer for FamilyShare, public relations specialist with a love for the fine arts, food and exercise. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her husband and family.

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