Kitchen Cleaning Supplies
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 27, 2015)
No matter which grocery store you go to nowadays, if you turn down certain aisles you can find yourself quickly overwhelmed by all the cleaning products available. What's worse is that if you are not extremely careful, you may find yourself spending way too much money on even the most basic of kitchen cleaning supplies.
The next time you need kitchen-cleaning supplies, use these simple guidelines. They are designed to help you decide which of the many (often expensive) kitchen-cleaning supplies you actually need and which ones you don't. Follow these ideas and you will be able to help keep your costs, and frustrations, down to the absolute minimum.
- Dusting. It may surprise many people, but the kitchen does require periodic dusting just like the rest of the house. For general dusting (which is all that many of us really need to do anyway) purchase microfiber cloths as your dust rags. These cloths are the best available to pick up the maximum amount of dust possible. For hard-to-reach areas, something along the lines of the Swiffer dusters are the perfect tools since they can telescope and act in much the same manner as microfiber cloths.
- Dishwashing. Make sure you have the proper type of dishwashing detergent or soap for your home. You don't need something that is extremely expensive, but it needs to be able to cut through the grease and oil that comes with most cooking. Surprisingly, baking soda and vinegar will work just as well for cleaning as the expensive name brands. The only time that you really need to purchase commercial dish soap is if you have an automatic dishwasher.
- Trash. When thinking of which type of trashcan bag you want to use, keep in mind such things as capacity and strength. Even the smallest of apartments can generate a huge amount of garbage. Make sure that you choose a type of garbage bag that will have the strength necessary to travel from your kitchen to the outside garbage can. After all, you don't want them to split and tear while you are taking out the trash.
- Surfaces. Unfortunately, there are many surfaces in the kitchen that can require specialized cleaners. If you have things like copper, silver, granite, or wood in your kitchen then you will need to have those cleaners on hand. For all other surfaces stick to general, all purpose cleaners. It is always more cost effective to purchase something that you can get more use out of than spending $10.00 (or more) on something that will only be used once every few months.
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