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Updated: Sep 10, 2020

Cleaning is nobody’s favourite part of baking, that’s for sure. That’s why we’ve collected some really easy tricks to get everything in your kitchen glowing, so you can spend more time doing what you love - whether that’s kneading, icing or getting a sugar fix!

Brighten the baking trays

Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can make even your most battered baking trays look brand new. Just sprinkle the tray with baking soda, followed by a few sprays of hydrogen peroxide and another layer of baking soda again. Leave it a few hours and then wipe them clean.

Get a polish on the pans

You can soften any burned-on residue by adding water and dishwashing liquid to your cookware and letting it simmer on the stove. Once that’s done, use a scourer to remove any remaining stuck-on bits. Fun fact: ketchup also helps dissolve tarnish on copper pots and other copper cooking accessories! Just massage the red sauce over the surface.

Make the oven outstanding

Get rid of the rough stuff in your oven by coating the inside of the cold oven with a mixture of baking soda, water and dish soap. Let it sit and work on the grime for at least 15 minutes, before giving the inside a thorough wipe down.

Melt away microwave marks

If you’ve got some stubborn stains in your microwave, this trick will make cleaning them much easier. Place one large microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water and a chopped up lemon. Turn the microwave on high for several minutes, until the solution boils and the window is steamy, and then leave it to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door. Take the bowl out and give the inside a swipe around with a sponge.

Cleanse the cutting boards

Chopping boards can gather plenty of food stains and smells but they don’t have to be permanent. Give them a bit of zest by chopping a lemon in half, sprinkling the cut side with salt or baking soda and then running it all over the board.

Important GBB disclaimer: Please do take care with these ideas. Every single one should be considered on a case-by-case basis for your kitchen, particularly when it comes to that beloved crockery pot that was passed down by your great grandmother! GBB takes no responsibility for any results, including fantastic shininess.

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