There’s hope for even the dirtiest, most outrageous messes that somehow find their way into our homes.
Grimy kitchen walls
The combination of cooking grease, steam, and regular old dust creates a sticky residue on your kitchen’s surfaces. Clean up grease splatters from your walls, range hood, and cabinets by washing them with a sponge dipped in undiluted white vinegar. Use another sponge soaked in water to rinse, then wipe dry with paper towels. Tip: Don’t forget the top of your fridge, which can get greasy as well.
A splatter-filled microwave
If the interior of your microwave is a real mess, use the softening power of steam to your advantage. Mix 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a glass bowl, then bring to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Carefully remove the hot bowl and wipe the microwave clean of the now-loosened food using a paper towel.
Crusty, burned-on oven spills
Don’t leave that baked-on mess on the bottom of your oven; it can give off unpleasant odors and even create smoke. If you can’t run a self-cleaning cycle, spritz with water from a spray bottle, then sprinkle on some baking soda and add a few drops of white vinegar. Let the mixture bubble for a minute or so, then use a scrub sponge to sweep away the grime. Follow with a thorough wipe-down with a damp paper towel.