Cleaning Tools

5 Things to Know About Bleach in the Kitchen — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

Bleach! You know it's super powerful and that it has a strong odor to it. You also know that it can make whites whiter and that it kills germs. But did you know these other fun facts?

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How Long Should You Use Your Kitchen Sponge? — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

A dirty sponge is just … foul. You know what I'm talking about — those flat, gray, flakey cleaning pads you find in office kitchens and bachelor apartments. And that smell! There is nothing grosser than washing a dish with a stinky sponge — aside from then having your hands smell like stinky sponge afterwards. Yuck.

Here's the deal, though: That filthy-looking sponge was dirty long before it started showing its age. It takes a while to wear down those fibers and for bacteria and grime to build up inside of a sponge so much that it would be visible. If that's what you have sitting next to your kitchen sink right now, please toss it! Then follow these guidelines so you don't ever get to that point again.

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The Cheesy Kitchen Cleaning Product I Can’t Live Without — Cult Favorites

I often make shopping decisions based on form and not on function. I have dish towels that are way more pretty than they are absorbent. I have beautiful leather coasters that stick to the bottom of my glasses when you go to take a sip. And I have a cabinet full of adorable juice glasses that are too small for even a not-thirsty child.

I tend to prefer things that are nice to look at and am willing to adjust how I operate if it means getting to use something cute.

Yet, I happen to have a basket full of Scrub Daddy sponges, which I find to be incredibly cheesy. (Even the name is kinda cheesy!) And I couldn't live without them.

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In Defense of Bleach in the Kitchen — Strong Opinions

(Image credit: Bleach Bottle: Design56/Shutterstock)

Not too long ago, I succumbed to all the talk about how all you really need in your cleaning kit is some vinegar, Castile soap, and baking soda. I used up or threw out my chemical cleaners and replaced them with "natural" alternatives. And I will say that, for the most part, they got the job done.

But bleach (and if I'm being 100 percent honest, a few of those other chemical cleaners) has made its way back into my kitchen. Here's why.

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My Favorite New Tool for Cleaning the Grill — One Good Thing

We have now entered the magical time of year when I get to turn off my oven and cook as many of my meals as possible on the grill outside. This will be the second summer my husband and I have owned a grill (our second summer of home-owning!), and we're coming up on our third grill cleaner.

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All the Things You Can Do (and Clean!) with Lemons — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

You may or may not have noticed a lot of lemon-related stories on the site lately. The thing about lemons is that they make for excellent cleaning tools. They're loaded with citric acid, which can eliminate stains or combine with alkaline compounds to create a powerful chemical reaction.

Get a quick science lesson: What Makes Lemons Such Good Cleaners?

Whether it's cleaning with them, buying lemon-scented products, or just eating them, we love us some lemons. Keep reading to check out some of the many ways you can use lemons at home.

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