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Diwali Special : Organic Ways To Clean Your Kitchen

Deviyani Srivastava | November 16, 2015

The Diwali festivities are around the corner and everyone has pulled their socks to get some cleaning done in their homes. Out of all the places, tidying your Kitchen can be very tricky but much needed.

While turning to expensive cleaners is always an option, today let’s find out how our pantry staples such as vinegar, lemon, and baking soda can transform our Kitchen in ways we couldn’t imagine! 

Here are some DIY guides that can get you a sparkling clean kitchen with things right at home.

Kitchen Cabinet

Your cabinets and drawers in the kitchen are exposed to oily fumes from cooking. Over time this makes their surfaces greasy, dark, and are tough to clean. 

These homemade cleaners can help you get the grease off with ease.

  • Citrus based cleaner

While there are plenty of citrus cleaners available in stores, you can also try to infusing natural ingredients this time.Here’s how you can also make your citrus cleaner at home. 

Step 1: Add the peels of any citrus fruit with 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil in a saucepan. 

Step 2: Allow the mixture to cool down until it is lukewarm. Top it up with 6 tbsp of vinegar and 3 tsp of borax/baking soda.

Step 3: Once done, you can strain the liquid and pour it into a spray bottle. 

Step 4: Mix well and pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle.

Step 5: Spray it on hard surfaces and wipe it off with a moistened cloth. Make sure to shake the bottle well before use.

  • Baking Soda and Water

A baking soda based cleaner has the grit that can push the grease particle away. So here’s how you can make one at home! 

Step 1 Mix baking soda and water in the ratio 1:1 until you have a paste. 

Step 2 Apply this paste to areas where grease is aggressively stuck. Use a clean micro fibre cloth to remove the stains in gentle circular motions. 

Step 3 Once your cloth has all the grease from the cabinet, use a damp cloth to remove excess paste from the surface. 

The Stovetop and Countertop

The stovetop crevices are points that are quite difficult to reach out for cleaning. It usually accumulates sticky grime from spilled over food that makes it and the surrounding area greasy. 

Here’s how you can clear out this stubborn greasy coverage by using an effective homemade cleaning spray! 

Step 1  Just mix 2 cups water, ¼ cup Vinegar, and juice of 1 lemon. 

Step 2 Clean the dust particles and crumbs from the stove surface using a dry rag. 

Step 3 Now, spray the homemade solution on the gas top and surrounding areas. Let it rest for a few minutes. 

Step 4  Wipe off this solution and clean the surface using a cotton cloth.

The Fridge

The fridge is often the most neglected food storage place when it comes to cleaning and ironically needs cleaning the most.

Try out this method below to get a sparkly clean and sanitized fridge just in time for Diwali! 

Step 1 Mix ¼ tsp baking soda in 4 cups of water or a cup of vinegar (for more aroma), 2 cups hot water, and 5 to 10 drops of Lemon essential oil. 

Step 2 Clean the insides of the refrigerator with this solution to deodorize it. 

Step 3 Apply white toothpaste on stubborn stains and wipe it off with a damp cloth.

The Microwave

The microwave is one of the most used appliances in a kitchen. The continuous process of reheating food often leads up to stuck food particles and junk. It can also affect the efficiency of the microwave. 

Wondering how to clean it? Here’s how : 

Step 1 Take a microwave-safe/ glass bowl and fill it half with water and add 1 tsp of White Vinegar. 

Step 2 Place it inside and microwave it for 5 minutes or till you can see the walls steam up. Let it remain inside for another 5 minutes. This steam will help loosen dried-on slime. 

Step 3 Clean the insides using paper towels or a sponge.

If you want a vinegar-free method, you can also try : 

Step 1 Place a well-saturated sponge in the microwave. 

Step 2 Spray the insides of your microwave with a mixture of water and lemon juice/essential oil. You can spray the mixture all over the area.

Step 3 Microwave it for 2 minutes. Let the sponge cool down for a while, then use it to wipe inside and outside of the Microwave.

Please Note: Be careful while handling the bowl, the sponge, or the plate can still be hot.

The Blender

Does your blender also retain the smell of smoothies and masala mixtures? 

Get rid of the residue particles and its after-smell instantly with this method 

Step 1: Simply blend a 1:1 ratio of baking soda and water in the blender. 

Step 2: Then let this solution stand for 10 minutes and finally rinse thoroughly.

Burnt pans & Cast Iron Skillets:

Regular dish soap isn’t always enough to scrape off the dirt on burnt pans and iron skillets. So here’s an effective way to clean out your pans and skillets 

For burnt pans 

Step 1: Pour 1 cup water into the pan and add in 1 cup vinegar and wait till it boils. 

Step 2: Remove from heat and add 2 Tbsp of baking soda. Rub it with a scrubber if required. 

To protect your cast iron skillet 

Step 1: Clean with a mixture of olive oil and salt. 

Step 2: Drizzle 1 Tbsp of olive oil onto the skillet, add coarse sea salt and scrub with a cloth. 

Step 3: Once the skillet is clean, wipe out the salt and finish with a thin layer of olive oil.


So wear on cleaning gloves and try out these handy DIY cleaning solutions this Diwali! 

These mixtures are as effective as the store-bought solutions and can also be customized according to your needs. 



Deviyani Srivastava




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  1. This is for Ms. Deviyani Srivastava. Please Ma’am how possible is it for me to share your post on another forum with due credit to you. Thanks

  2. Wow!! These simple methods are really helpful. Loved the one for microwave and tried it immediately. great results !! Looking forward to many more useful tips by Deviyani.

  3. Hii..this was very helpful. It would be nice to learn about how to get the spark le back into steel vessels. If you could help.