Cleaning Tools

How To Use Vinegar to Clean Your Kitchen Windows — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

Have things been looking a little dim in your kitchen lately? Unless a lightbulb has gone out, it's likely that your windows are dirty. (Sorry to break the news!) It's not your fault: Kitchen windows get pretty grimy pretty quickly — grease splatters and steam can launch tiny particles of food throughout the room —creating a thin, gray-ish film on your used-to-be-clear windows.

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How To Make Your Own Drain Cleaner — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

Dead skin cells, soap scum, random food scraps, human hair, pet hair, and just regular ol' dirt — these are all the things you regularly wash down your sink or tub's drain. And if they sound gross now, image how much worse they are once they've congealed into a stringy, slimy ball of gunk inside your pipes. Yuck!

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I Cleaned My Kitchen with Lemon LaCroix and Here’s How It Went — Powered by Lemon

Like many families I know, mine is addicted to LaCroix, or, as it's called in my apartment, "bubbles water." Lime, peach-pear, cran-raspberry, pamplemousse — we love them all! One time I posted an Instagram shot of the cases and cases of LaCroix stacked in the window of my local Key Food and the official LaCroix account actually liked my photo! I just about peed my pants, I was so excited. True story!

As you've probably read on this site, citric acid (otherwise known as the juice of citrus like lemon, lime, and grapefruit) has great cleaning power. It cuts through stains, fights bacteria, and smells great, too — that's why we like to use it for an all-purpose cleaner. And club soda is also a handy stain-buster, best known for helping you feel better as you blot red wine off your blouse at a nice restaurant.

More on citric acid: What Makes Lemons Such Good Cleaners?

That said, let me bring you to my recent logical conclusion: Lemon LaCroix must have crazy cleaning power, right?

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How To Clean Dirty Backsplash Grout — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

The backsplash in your kitchen takes a beating: It's regularly exposed to water, sauce, grease, steam ... the list goes on. Although the tiles themselves can usually be wiped clean pretty easily, the grout that holds the tiles in place is fairly porous, so it stains easily and is harder to clean.

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10 Lemon-Scented Cleaning Products We Love — Shopping

A lot of cleaning products boast exotic, overpowering scents, but we're partial to the clean, classic smell of lemons. Why? Lemon-scented products are fresh without being too over-the-top. And let's be honest — even the strongest-smelling countertop spray isn't going to trick you into thinking you're in a field or near a mountain lake.

To help you keep your kitchen clean and smelling wonderful, we've rounded up 10 of our favorite lemon-scented cleaning products.

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2 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

Whether you've just cooked a pungent meal, the house has been closed up for bad weather, or someone has been sick in your home, your indoor air can get pretty stale. Even if nothing has happened, the buildup of smells from messy kids, pets, and husbands (I kid!) can give your home a unique odor that you may or may not even notice.

Opening a window can certainly help, but for rooms with poor circulation, you want a solution that can both absorb odors and freshen the air at the same time.

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