The kitchen utensils you MUST deep clean – from your chopping board to your kettle

WE all know to clean our kitchens, but how often do we set aside time to deep clean our appliances?

It turns out that we may need to clean utensils more frequently than we think – here’s our guide on how to leave your kitchen spotless…

Chopping board

Many people chop their meat on their chopping board and then wash it in warm water and soap.

However, it turns out this method could lead to cross-contamination and food poisoning, as it doesn't always remove all the bacteria.

According to Sharon Franke, director of the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, the soap cleaning technique doesn’t make the cut.

She said: “After you've used it to cut raw meat or poultry, always soak it in a bleach solution.”

It is advised that you use a fresh solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water, and you should allow the board to soak before rinsing with clean water.

And it turns out that wooden chopping boards are far safer than plastic alternatives.

Kettle

No matter how many cuppas you get through, it's unlikely you've cleaned the inside of your kettle once – if at all – this year.

A mother from Australia has revealed how you can easily get your kettle sparkling again in no time – even if you find yourself with a grim build-up of limescale.

Sharing the cleaning hack on her TikTok account, Mama Mila revealed how she uses lemons to deep clean her kettle.



She said: "This is the natural, no-scrub way to rid kettle limescale."

In the viral clip, the mum starts by filling the kettle with water, adding a whole sliced lemon and boiling it twice.

After letting it sit for half an hour, she then pours the lemon water down the drain – and the inside of the kettle is left gleaming.

But how does it work? Well, the acidity of the lemons works to break down limescale while also killing bacteria.

Hob

Mama Mila also showed how she removed all stubborn marks from her hob without any scrubbing.

Forget needing any cleaning products, all she used was bicarb soda, white vinegar and a dash of lemon juice.

Firstly she soaked the stove tops in a sink of washing up liquid and water. 

Then she made her own DIY paste from bicarb soda and water, which she applied as a thick layer on the burns and left for 30 minutes.


She then used the rest of the paste to clean the entire stove tops with a cloth. 

Next she made her own spray with white vinegar and a dash of lemon juice in an empty bottle.

She scrubbed each hob with the spray until it was sparkling as looked as good as new.

Oven

Cleaning whizz Mama Mila also showed how to deep clean ovens using half a cup of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda), one tablespoon of dish soap and water.

You'll need to combine these three ingredients until you have a "smooth paste", according to Chantel, making sure it's easy to spread.

She explained: "Apply a thin layer to your oven and leave it on overnight."

The next morning, Chantel used a cloth to wipe down the area – including the glass door and inside the oven.




When doing it yourself, be sure to remove all of the paste while focusing on any difficult areas. 

After removing the paste, give the whole oven a once over with white vinegar, which will help to remove any "residue" or grease that remains.

"If you find it still doesn't work, try leaving the mixture on for longer, or you may need to repeat the process a few times if there is a lot of built-up grease," Chantel said.

"But it works a treat!"

She revealed the magic behind the trick and said bicarbonate of soda is alkaline, which means it cuts through any acidic oven grease.

Dishwasher

Your dishwasher will be completely free of horrendous smells and dirt buildup by the time it's done – so easy.

The vinegar helps break down leftover food and grease while the bicarbonate of soda removes stains and eliminates odours – so you really can't get a more powerful duo.

A mum-of-two shared a simple deep clean solution which uses just two basic household ingredients – and it will have the appliance looking and smelling brand new.

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, Australia, said that dirt and grime can easily build up inside the dishwasher but bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar is all you need.

She also said you should clean it at least once a month to keep it running properly.

But once you see how easy it is to do, you might even do it more often.

First, Carolina said you should sprinkle a touch of bicarbonate of soda (otherwise known as baking soda) into the machine behind the bottom rack.

"Leave the baking soda for one hour so that it absorbs fully," she instructed

Next, set your machine to a heavy cycle, and midway through, open it up and pour in two cups of white vinegar.

"Resume the cycle until it's complete," she continued.

Your dishwasher will be completely free of horrendous smells and dirt buildup by the time it's done – so easy.

The vinegar helps break down leftover food and grease while the bicarbonate of soda removes stains and eliminates odours – so you really can't get a more powerful duo.

Previously, cleaning fans share their best bathroom hacks, from using GRAPEFRUIT to clean the tub and a 1p to tackle limescale.

In other cleaning news, this video reveals exactly how dirty your clean clothes are.

And this mum's cleaning hack means that you will never have to deep clean your shower.

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