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5 Things To Make Your Kitchen Shine

Is your kitchen looking a little dull? Make it shine with these five things you can make yourself to give your kitchen that clean and welcoming glow!

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 1. Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

1. Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

Even if you live in a hard-water area, this simple, inexpensive detergent recipe will give you shiny, spotless dishes.

What You’ll Need:

2 cups borax

2 cups washing soda

1 clean 1-litre plastic container with cover

What To Do:

1.  Combine the borax and washing soda in the container and seal it tightly for storage. 

2.   For each load of dishes, put 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the dishwasher soap dispenser

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 2. Basic Oven Cleaner Africa Studio/Shutterstock

2. Basic Oven Cleaner

Use this odourless recipe the next time you need to clean your oven, and leave those caustic chemical-based oven cleaners where they belong – on the store shelf.

What You’ll Need:

2 tablespoons liquid soap

2 tablespoons borax

2 cups warm water

1 clean 500 ml spray bottle

1/2 cup baking soda in an open bowl

 What To Do:

1.  Pour the soap and borax into the spray bottle and add the warm water. Shake well to dissolve the borax.

2.  Spray the solution on the oven’s surfaces, giving special attention to dried, cake-on spills. 

3.  Let the mixture set for 30 minutes to an hour, then scrub the oven surfaces with a damp scrub pad dipped in the baking soda. Rinse with clean water.

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 3. Garbage Disposer Cleaner

3. Garbage Disposer Cleaner

Those in-the-sink garbage disposer units are great for cutting down on bagged water, but they can produce some unpleasant odours from time to time. Here is an easy and efficient way to get rid of any unwanted smells.

What You’ll Need:

1 litre white vinegar

Ice-Cube tray

What To Do:

1.     Fill an ice-cube tray with white vinegar and freeze it. Remove cubes, place in a sealed plastic bag, and return to the freezer.

2.     Once a week run 2 to 3 vinegar ice cubes through your garbage disposer.

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 4. Homemade Scrub Powder

4. Homemade Scrub Powder

Use this mixture to scrub off grease and grime from your stainless steel and enamelled cookware. (If you use baking soda on aluminum cookware it may cause darkening.) You don’t need pricey commercial products.

What You’ll Need:

2 ½ cups baking soda

1 ½ cups salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 clean 1-litre plastic container with lid

What To Do:

1. Mix the ingredients well, and store in a tightly sealed plastic container.

2. To use, pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of powder onto cookware and scrub with a brush or nylon scrubber that’s been slightly moistened with water. Rinse well and dry with soft cloth. 

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5. Steel Wool Soap Pads

5. Steel Wool Soap Pads

Those popular prepackaged steel wool soap pads are great for getting tough stains and cooked-on foods off your pots and pans, but they can be rough on your hands. These homemade steel wool pads work just as well, and are easier on both your wallet and your skin. 

What You’ll Need:

1 bag steel wool pads

3 tablespoons homemade scrub powder

What To Do:  

1.  If you’ve purchased large pads, use a sharp scissors or shears and carefully cut them to rectangles approximately 8 cm long by 5 cm high. 

2. Spread a layer of scouring powder over the cooking surface, moisten the steel wool pad with warm water, and scrub away stains. Rinse well with water. Dry with soft, absorbent towel. 

3. To make your pads last longer, squeeze out remaining water and keep them in a bowl lined with aluminum foil.