Steve Graham, Hometalk.com
Do you really need a pantry full of cleaning chemicals? Or can ice, boiling water, baking soda and vinegar clean most everything?
We put a few temperature-based house cleaning methods to the test, and found most of them work. Some of these cleaning solutions are widespread urban legends. Others are from an exhaustive list of alternative cleaning methods provided by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, Illinois. The agency acknowledges it simply compiled the list without testing any of the methods. That’s where we come in. Here is our verdict on eight boiling and freezing cleaners, with four extra tips thrown in for good measure.
1. Boil away microwave splatter
To clean off microwave grime, we tried boiling four tablespoons of lemon juice in a cup of water for about five minutes. We used a wide bowl to allow lots of steam to condense on the microwave. After carefully taking out the bowl, we easily wiped out splattered stains that typically require some elbow grease, a scrubbing sponge and all-purpose cleaner.
On a related note, we recommend sterilizing wet kitchen sponges regularly in the microwave. We don’t have the scientific equipment to verify the findings, but researchers at the University of Florida found that two minutes in the microwave can kill most bacteria and viruses on sponges. However, for safety, be sure the sponge is very wet and contains no metal. Also, take care when removing the hot sponge after sterilizing.