No Nonsense Mommy Tips: Cleaning Hacks From The Kitchen

Maybe your kitchen is still well stocked with effective, safe and efficient cleaning products. Or maybe you’re running out of your usual cleaners, or are more conscious of chemical cleaners whilst the whole family is at home 24/7. Check out these tips from Carol Ong.

No nonsense Mommy tips: Cleaning hacks from the kitchen

Cut Grease with Flour

Sometimes, our pans and plates are left with a greasy film no matter how much you scrub. Or, it could be an expensive and delicate pan (hello Le Creuset!) that you don’t want to scrub too hard. Simply sprinkle flour and scrape it off. Ta-dah! Yes, it’s really that easy.

Zap funky air with Vinegar

Did you cook something that made your whole house stink? Or did you leave for a long holiday and the air smells musty when you came back? Close the windows and doors. Boil a bottle of cheap, distilled white vinegar in an open pot. Open your ventilation after a couple of hours. Unlike air fresheners that just mask scents, vinegar actually breaks down scent molecules.

Erase Eye Make Up with food ingredients

Zoom and masks make wearing eye make up necessary, but they’re tough to clean thoroughly. Not! Rub organic virgin coconut and wipe off with cotton.

Wash Pesticides off Fruits & Vegetables with Salt

After washing your fresh produce, soak it in a 10% salt water solution or 1% baking soda, for 15-20 minutes. Studies show these are effective ways to eliminate common pesticide residue.

Boost Laundry detergent with Baking Soda

Good news for sensitive skin. Adding ½ cup of baking soda in top loading washing machine (1/4 cup to front loaders) softens water, so you can actually use less detergent.

Zap germs with microwave

Disinfect your sponges & washcloths easily. Pop wet sponges in the microwave high setting.  Make sure it has NO metal parts. 2 minutes is enough to kill most disease-causing germs, including e-coli. 4 minutes, none of the bacterial spores will survive. Mmm, just imagining the germ genocide feels so good, doesn’t it?

Freshen breath with Coconut Oil

The ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling helps clean mouth of bacteria & plaque, and lessens bad breath. You can use any clean edible oil but we prefer Organic Virgin Coconut Oil because it has natural antibacterial  & antiviral properties.


Shanghai Mama Carol Ong is a colmnist and founder of Bebebalm. She has previously written No-Nonsense Mommy Tips about mosquito bites, tooth-brushing, moisturizing, first aid kits and several other topics, which you can also find on her WeChat account here🔗.