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Kitchen Cleaning "Brews"
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by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine

Inexpensive, homemade solutions could be your best cleaning aids "bubble, bubble, toil and trouble"? Nope, you won't have to depend on the crafty potions of Shakespeare's magical ladies in order to solve common kitchen and laundry cleaning problems. In fact, you can make your own helpful brews (re: cleaning agents) using readily available, kitchen-friendly "ingredients".

Cutting boards need to be clean as bacteria can readily cross-contaminate food.
In fact, one should have chopping boards for specific food items (i.e. for poultry, beef, veggies). However this cutting-boards should be disinfected as well before use. Without relying on commercial cleaning agents, you can use salt and lemon juice to clean chopping boards and scrub with the lemon and rinse.

Like cutting boards, the stove-tops and the oven are just some of the appliances in the kitchen that needs to be always clean for good kitchen hygiene.
Stove-tops in particular should always be kept clean to avoid food contamination. As such, it is good practice to always keep the stove top clean before cooking. For easy cleaning, sprinkle the stove top with baking soda, mist with some water from a sprayer; let soak and wipe clean.

For spills in the oven, sprinkle it with salt, let it set overnight before wiping clean the next day. To remove odors, place a bowl of baking soda (or charcoal) in it while not being used. Let the bowl remain until the odor has been removed.

The accumulation of dirt and minerals on our shiny faucets and kitchen accents isn't exactly a problem.
However, they are unsightly and will ultimately make these accents shabby. What to do? Wipe and buff these shiny objects of our affection with olive oil (or vegetables oil), follow by a rinsing with club soda and wipe dry with a clean rag.

Pipes clogged? Don't call the plumber just yet.
The latter's services are not only time-consuming, but expensive as well. Of course, you could always rely on the ever reliable liquid sosa, but if you dont have it, you can unclog your kitchen pipes with ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar. Let the combination settle for a few minutes, followed by some hot water. Of course, we need to maintain our kitchen pipes weekly. Just pour hot water in it once a week.

The kitchen's floors should always remain clean.
Keep them germ free by regularly using an all-purpose cleaner, or a solution of ½ cup vinegar and a gallon of warm water. The solution also imparts a certain shine on the floor. The same solution can also be used to wipe the dining table with. As mentioned, it doesn't only impart a certain shine, but keeps insects --- flies most especially --- away from the kitchen table.

Amongst our kitchen appliances, we tend to believe that the microwave needs the least of our attention.
After all, its technology is something we thought would readily kill germs by merely zapping them with microwave technology. Nothing could be farther from the truth of course as bacteria could readily make even the microwave smell. Nonetheless, one could make the microwave smell pleasant by just microwaving a bowl of water with a slice of lemon (or just mix with plain lemon juice). Foul odors can also be rid off by the same method using vanilla instead of lemon.

Since most Filipino households don't have garbage disposal systems, most simply place kitchen garbage in the ubiquitous black plastic trash bags.
The only problem is that these plastic bags don't necessarily take away and kill the odor and molds that emanates and results from it. The best thing to do is to either place some borax at the bottom of the bag to stop the growth of molds; or some baking soda to eliminate odors.

Do you have shabby cutlery or silverware?
Well, you don't have to buy expensive cleaners or stay up all night to clean them. Just wipe them with undiluted vinegar and rinse with club soda. Be sure to wipe them dry though before storing.

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