Bring the shine back!

It is said the kitchen is the heart of every home. Everyone likes to have it cleaned and when potential buyers are checking new houses, shiny and fresh kitchens are one of the first rooms to get their attention. The problem is: not everyone likes to clean it…Especially when you have to deal with old stains, odours and difficult to reach areas.

Well,I am exactly the same.  Not only cleaning the kitchen is one of my least favourite activites, but having little kid, I simply cannot dedicate a lot of time for doing it. Unfortunately you cannot escape it, especially when you are preparing home for sale.

Good news! I have found some tricks that will help in getting the shine back in couple steps! Below some of my favourte ones.

Enjoy and have easy and fast cleaning!


Cleaning stainless appliances

This made a miracle in my kitchen, where I have many stainless steel appliances. You can get rid of streaks, spots, hand prints from your toaster, fridge doors, oven etc. using… olive oil or baby oil. Just apply a bit of oil on the cloth, wipe it the and voila!

Cleaning with oil does require extra drying to soak up the oil but this method leaves a very glossy shine and a bit darker shade.

Clean Your Kitchen Sink

Cleaning sink, baking soda

Another easy way to shine the kitchen – this time to clean the sink with ingrediens you can find in your food storage.

Pour 5 ml of baking soda and 60 ml of lemon juice over the surface of your sink, and down the drain. Let this mixture stand for approximately 10 minutes. Use hot water to rinse away any leftover residue. You can do this once per week.
Here is a bonus trick: lemon juice will remove the hard water stains from the kitchen fixtures, just cut the lemon in halves and rub it around the fixture.
 Lemon will leave fresh scent in your kitchen:)

Overnight Oven Cleaner


Don’t foget about cleaning the oven:) To get rid of these annoying old stains

you can use ammonia:

Place a bowl filled with 1/2 cup of ammonia into a completely cold oven. Leave overnight and wipe clean the next day.


you can use baking soda and vinegar:

  • Make a baking soda paste: In a bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as needed until you have a spreadable paste.
  • Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven ( I recommend using rubber gloves) .
  • Let it sit overnight:  at least 12 hours.
  • Wipe out the oven: with damp dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to help scrape off the paste as needed. .
  • Spray a little vinegar everywhere you still see baking soda in your oven ( you will see some gently foam).
  • Do a final wipe down: Take your damp cloth and wipe out the remaining foamy vinegar-baking-soda mixture. Repeat until you get the oven clean and shiny.

And then when your kitchen is clean, fresh and shiny add fresh flowers on a counter and you are ready!

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