Written by a contributing writer
Nowadays, moms are spending more and more time in the kitchen. Part of it is because moms want to know what goes into their food so that their children eat healthily, and another part of it is because moms want to save money on their food expenses. Eating out on a regular basis or buying lots of takeout food eats into the food budget, and you can get much better deals by simply learning how to cook instead.
With so many healthy food swaps, deliciously healthy alternatives that are easy to cook and plenty of children’s favorites to cook, we usually always end up with a messy kitchen afterward. Maybe our cake baking got a little messy and there’s flour everywhere, maybe oil splashed onto various surfaces during cooking, and maybe we spilled some coffee over the kitchen tops during a hectic day. Whatever happens, cleaning up can be expensive and take a really long time.
But fear not, because here are a couple of helpful cleaning hacks that will make your kitchen sparkle and also keep your wallet happy.
Replace expensive washing liquid with baking soda
Baking soda has many different uses, but it can also come in handy when you’re cleaning. It’s eco-friendly because it doesn’t contain nasty chemicals and works wonders for dirty stoves and kitchen appliances. Stop using your typical kitchen cleaners and instead, get a few extra packs or tubs of baking soda and use it to clean your kitchen. Simply sprinkle a bit over surfaces, utensils or cookware and then wash it off while scrubbing. You can even mix baking soda with water and create a cleaning spray.
Cleaning coffee and espresso machines the easy way
We love to drink a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, but what we don’t like is when our machines get clogged with grime and stains. It’s recommended to use something like Breville espresso cleaning tablets, but if you want a quick way to clean your coffee machine before you go out and get some, then simply fill the carafe with water and squeeze a couple of lemons in and mix the juice. Next, pour it into the reservoir and allow the coffee machine to run until all of the lemon water is back into the carafe. Do this several times until your machine is clean, and you’ll have fresh, tasty coffee once again.
Clean a microwave in minutes
If you’ve ever had a microwave accident where the lid pops or you forget to put a lid on something, then you’ll know how frustrating it is to clean up the mess afterward. But it doesn't have to be! Simply fill a bowl with two cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar, adding a drop of essential oils if you want to mask the smell, and then set it on high for about five minutes. Once done, carefully open the door and let the steam out. Remove the turntable tray and then take a sponge and wipe off the dirt and grime. You’ll find that the grime comes right off due to the vinegar steam.