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Let your kitchen sparkle this spring

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The sunshine is out and we’re all starting to blow away the cobwebs from winter and feel a little fresher. No wonder spring is associated with having a good clean to let the bright and welcome feeling spread into the home. We’re sharing some kitchen cleaning tips and tricks you may not have seen before to help you keep your kitchen looking good enough to eat.

Make your pans spick and span

To remove the burnt on stains from the bottom of your pans, sprinkle baking soda on the surface beneath. Pour vinegar on top of this and use half a lemon to scrub away. The tough burnt stains should lift off returning your pans to their shiny former state. For cleaning non-stick frying pans which can suffer from scorched oil stains; cover with a small layer of water then sprinkle generously with baking soda to create a paste. Let this soak into the pan for at least an hour, then rinse and wash this out. 

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The oven solution

Cleaning tough stains from the oven is hard work. Save the elbow grease and try this simple solution to lift the burnt residue so it’s easy to remove. Mix 8 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with a few tablespoons of vinegar to form a paste. Let this mixture soak into the stains on the oven and on the wire racks for half an hour, then wipe away with a sponge. 

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A hood above the rest

Remove the greasy residue from your cooking hood with a simple solution that’s easy to make at home. Mix half a spray bottle with water and a third of the bottle with distilled vinegar. Spray this on the hood surface and leave for 5-10 minutes before wiping away in the direction of the steel grain with a soapy cloth. Wipe again with a paper kitchen towel to leave this dry and smear free. 

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Let the sink shine

Give your sink that sparkle again. Spray generously with distilled vinegar and let this sit for 5 minutes. Using a paper towel, wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the steel grain. Dip a soft cloth in a little oil and wipe in the direction of the grain again, leaving your sink looking sparkling again. For a limescale built up tap. Use a plastic food bag and fill with a little bicarbonate of soda and water, let this soak in the tap for at least fifteen minutes, then wipe off with a damp cloth. 

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