29 Clever Kitchen Cleaning Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

    Get your yellow rubber gloves ready.

    1. Soak the filter for your vent hood in hot water and Borax to make it shine again.

    A soak in hot water and a heavy dose of Dawn dish soap would probably work pretty well, too. Here's the full tutorial.

    2. Scrub the burnt bottoms of your pans with Bar Keeper's Friend to make them look new.

    3. Shine up greasy grates on your stove by soaking them overnight with a little ammonia.

    4. Coat the inside of your oven with a mixture of baking soda, water, and dish soap, then let it sit for at least 15 minutes.

    5. Then give your oven racks a bath in dish soap, dryer sheets (yup!), and hot water.

    6. And if you really hate cleaning your oven, consider buying an oven liner or keeping an old baking sheet on a rack at the lowest setting.

    7. Combat sticky kitchen dust by wiping it with cooking oil or mineral oil.

    8. Then use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to scrub away stubborn stains on your cooktop.

    Here's the full tutorial, which works for glass cooktops, too.

    9. Use a lemon and kosher salt to scrub your wooden cutting boards and butcher blocks.

    10. If you have curtains in your kitchen, toss them in the washer.

    11. While you're at it, toss in any dirty kitchen towels and rugs, too.

    12. If you have blinds, use this tongs hack to get them clean in a jiffy.

    13. Then clean your windows with your favorite glass cleaner.

    14. Wash any dishes that are in your sink (or load them in the dishwasher and run it), then dry them and put them away.

    15. Clean the calcium buildup off of your faucet by tying a plastic bag full of a de-scaler around it.

    16. If you have a garbage disposal, clean it out with an old toothbrush, making sure to get underneath the splash guard.

    17. Wash your sink out like a dish (using hot water and dish soap), then polish it with flour.

    18. Then run ice and lemon rinds through the disposal to freshen it up and sharpen the blades.

    19. Go through your fridge, freezer, pantry, and wherever else you store food and toss anything that's expired or, um, moldy.

    20. If there's produce you're unsure about, here's how long it all will keep, plus where you should store it.

    21. Then wash the shelves, drawers, and other removable parts of your fridge and freezer as if they're dishes.

    22. Then store everything in your fridge according to which areas in your fridge are the coldest.

    23. And consider grouping pantry foods in easy-grab bins.

    24. Dust and wipe down the top of your counters and fridge, then lay down paper grocery bags to catch dust in the future.

    25. If you have a stainless steel fridge or other appliances, polish them with Pledge.

    26. Clean your countertops and backsplash with a cleaner that works for whatever materials are in your kitchen.

    27. Make cleaning your wooden cabinets (and other wood in your kitchen) easy with Murphy's Oil Soap.

    28. Then consider lining your drawers and cabinets with non-adhesive liners to make them easy to clean in the future.

    29. Now (finally), sweep and mop your floors.

    YAY! You're done! You deserve cookies.

    Here's the best pre-made dough, according to Serious Eats, because you probably have zero energy left for baking after that cleaning extravaganza. And here's how to heat vanilla so your house smells like cookies if you really don't feel up to dealing with dough.