How to clean kitchen units

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Kitchen units and white goods can acquire a lot of grime, dirt and grease as a result of constant use. Cleaning these units doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though, and you can clean units with a variety of easy at-home methods. If you’ve got some messy kitchen units that need a thorough clean, learn the techniques that will get any unit sparkling and clean again.

Oven cleaning

Mix together in a bowl 250 ml (1 cup) of baking soda, 125 ml (1/2 cup) of sea salt and 125 ml (1/2 cup) of water to make a paste. You'll want the paste to be thick but easily spreadable, so you may need to add a little more or less water to get your desired result.

Remove the inside metal racks, wash with washing-up liquid and set aside. Pour warm water into a spray bottle and lightly spray down the surface of the inside of your oven.

Apply a thin layer of the baking soda and salt mixture with a clean sponge and coat the inside surfaces of your oven, scrubbing slightly to help lift dirt and grime. Let the mixture dry and sit for at least six to eight hours.

Use an unused paint scraper to gently scrape off the mixture, then wipe the surfaces with a damp rag to remove any additional grime that your mixture brought up. Replace metal racks.

Microwave cleaning

Put 125 ml (1/2 cup) of water and the same amount of lemon juice into a microwave-safe bowl and place in the centre of the microwave. Microwave on high for five minutes, then let the water sit in the microwave for another five minutes. Remove the container with oven gloves and set it aside.

Clean the removable tray and rotating wheel in your microwave with washing-up liquid and set aside to dry.

Pour the lemon water mixture into a spray bottle and unplug the microwave, then spray a clean rag with solution and wipe down the interior of your microwave. You may need to periodically shake out any dirt the rag collects as you clean.

Pour a little bit of white vinegar onto a clean cloth and wipe down the exterior of your microwave. Replace the tray and leave the microwave open for a few hours to let all cleaning solutions evaporate.

Stainless steel units

Mix together 125 ml (1/2 cup) of lemon juice with 45 ml (3 tbsp) of baking powder to make a paste. Apply the paste to any tough grease stains on the stainless steel and let it dry. Wipe away the baking soda gently using a rough sponge dampened in some warm water.

Mix together 250 ml (1 cup) white vinegar with 30 ml (2 tbsp) of olive oil in a plastic spray bottle, and shake well to mix before use.

Spray a light mist on the stainless steel surface and wipe down with a clean towel, using circular motions.

Kitchen cupboards and drawers

Mix together in a spray bottle two parts of white vinegar to one part lemon juice and shake together.

Spray any surface you want to wipe down, like countertops, refrigerators, cupboards or even floors.

Wipe away with a clean towel or sponge.

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