Your kitchen and Don Draper are actually pretty similar. Just like the Mad Men character, there’s a dark side hiding beneath your kitchen’s polished and put-together exterior. Fortunately for you, your kitchen’s past is a literal trail of crumbs that can be swept away with little-to-no consequence. (We can’t say the same for Don’s twisted web of lies.)
Take a few deep breaths and tackle the crumbs, grease and grime hidden in the cracks of your kitchen. Here’s how:
That teeny, tiny crack between your oven and countertop is a catchall for crumbs, spills and splattered grease. Instead of pulling out your heavy oven range, grab a towel and a dull knife (a butter knife works great). Dampen the towel, then fold it around the blade like a taco. Insert the tool in the back of the crack and pull it towards you. Tip: For extra cleaning power, dampen the towel with vinegar.
Once you’ve dealt with the crumbs, consider grabbing a Range Kleen – this piece of metal will bridge the gap between the stove and countertop and prevent future issues.
What’s hiding underneath your fridge? If you haven’t looked in a while, we’re guessing there are piles of dust and sticky stuff hanging out comfortably in the crevice. Instead of trying to cram a mop down there or ruining a Swiffer pad in two-seconds flat, use an old (but clean) sock! Grab a broom, put the sock around the handle (fasten it in place with a rubber band) and swab the area out.
Those nifty slots are good at keeping your spoons and knives separate, but they’re great at collecting dust. Even if the silverware hitting the utensil drawer is spotless, dirt and grime find their way alongside it (one of life’s many mysteries). Luckily, cleaning the tray only takes a minute: simply remove your silverware and vacuum the drawer and tray with the detachable hose. Then put the silverware back.
There’s something about grout that attracts dirt like Romeo attracts Juliet. But these star-crossed lovers can be the difference between a pristine countertop and a dirty mess, so their romance is less than ideal. To clean your grout, first moisten the spot you want to clean. Then, cover the grout with equal parts water and baking soda. Next, pour vinegar over your baking soda-covered grout. It will bubble up – that’s a good thing! Using an old toothbrush, scrub the mixture into the grout. Then, use a wet cloth to wipe away any residue. Ta-da: clean grout!