For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Meals are prepared there, but it is also a central socializing place where people can gather. Unfortunately, this constant traffic and use means that kitchens get untidy and dirty rather quickly. But don’t worry, we’re here with plenty of kitchen cleaning hacks to help you out. Read on to learn our top  kitchen cleaning hacks to make cleaning your kitchen as painless as possible.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner

Garbage disposals are some of the best modern innovations in a kitchen. Unfortunately, the constant food crumbs and debris from plates leads to many garbage disposals stinking. This hack is so simple it is surprising. Take an ice cube tray and chop up lemons, sprinkle them with rock salt and fill the rest of the tray with water. Then freeze.

Once the tray is frozen completely, pop the cubes out and turn on the disposal. As the blades are running, drop the lemon ice cubes down the drain. The rock salt and ice clean the blades for you, while the lemon deodorizes the gross scent.

Oven Rack Polishing

Cleaning oven racks is a huge pain. They are bulky and awkward, and there is always the possibility that you’ll scratch them up. Avoid all of the stress and frustration simply by giving your oven racks a bath.

Yes, you read that right! Run a warm bathtub and dissolve some powdered laundry detergent in it. Then, lay your oven racks in the solution and let them soak. Bathe the racks for about four hours, then drain the tub. Then, rinse the racks off with clean water and pat dry.

Clean Your Range Hood Filter

Most filters in the home need to be cleaned, if not changed, none more so than the filter on your range hood. This filter gets clogged quicker than others in your home because it is constantly over grease, steam, and whatever other grime that cooking produces.

Take the biggest pot you have and fill it about ¾ of the way with water. Boil that water, and once its bubbling, gradually add ½ a cup of baking soda. Then place the filter in the boiling water.

In all likelihood, the entire filter will not fit in the pot at once, so you’ll have to do one side at a time. Keep one side in the water until it looks clean, then use oven mitts to pick the filter up and place the other side in the water. The protective mitts are necessary because the filter will be very hot from the boiling water.

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