28 Days of Kitchen Giveaways: Day 24

February 24, 2015 | By and | Comments (142)

Every day in February, we’re giving away the essentials you need to stock and update your kitchen. Check in each day to see what it is, and enter for a chance to win!

Courtesy of Black + Decker

Courtesy of Black + Decker

You didn’t think we’d only give away a hand vac, did you? Black + Decker 36V MAX* Lithium Stick Vac with ORA Technology ($299.99) is still lightweight, but it’ll tackle those big messes just like heavy duty vacuums can. Plus, it has a detachable hand vac inside. This item has been the star of vacuum reviews everywhere.

How to Enter: What’s your tried-and-true kitchen cleaning secret? Comment your answer below, and we’ll pick our favorite.

The contest begins today at 12:01 a.m. CST and ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. Official rules here.


  1. Addicted to Cleaning

    I am like a grandma, who loves to spend all of her days cleaning the house. This vacuum cleaner looks good. I consider buying one and hope that it can suck all unwanted cobwebs. Last year I hired cleaners (http://www.billyscleaning.com) and I want to say that they did a great job. But I don’t always have money to hire them.

    June 10, 2015 at 7:35 am
  2. Barbara A

    Well vinegar is one of my favorites. You can clean your coffee pot, floors and just about anything with it. It is a safer way and is very inexpensive too. I have cleaned houses for many years and a lot of people buy expensive cleaners for there laminate floors just to find the still leave streaks. Use very hot water and vinegar and no streaks.

    February 26, 2015 at 10:21 am
  3. Emily Garrett

    Sponge in bowl with water and a lemon slice, into microwave for 30 seconds. Let sit while you enjoy the fresh smell. Wipe down microwave with sponge, easier cause of steaming, then use the lemon water to wipe down counters and finally pour lemon and water down garbage disposal – toss in a couple ice cubes and grind. 5 minutes and everything is clean plus house smells great.

    February 25, 2015 at 11:05 pm
  4. Joselynn

    This Vacume would make house cleaning easier even with my bad neck and back

    February 25, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  5. Shannon Weaver

    Eat out as much as possible 🙂

    February 25, 2015 at 8:52 pm
  6. Judy

    Set a lovely glass of red wine at the back of the counter so no one sees you are drinking. The longer you stay in the kitchen, the more you can drink. In general, this only works in the evening.

    February 25, 2015 at 1:04 pm
  7. Lisa Green

    I always use a little Dawn dish soap on a kitchen rag for almost everything. If I burn something on my glass cooktop, I use a Mr. Clean magic eraser, it works very well.

    February 25, 2015 at 11:20 am
  8. Jan Gallaway

    I use Stainless Steel spray cleaner to spray on my black sink and it shines, shines, shines!

    February 25, 2015 at 10:55 am
  9. Georgia Bayly

    I’m in dire need of a new vacuum and this would a wonderful “win” and great way to start off the new year with clean home!

    February 25, 2015 at 12:15 am
  10. Sarah

    Close all lower drawers and cabinets completely when cooking. It’s much easier to clean the floor (especially with a stick vac) than to clean spices, flour or powdered sugar out of a drawer filled with utensils.

    February 24, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    For grease spots on stove tops my trick is wet the area then spread baking soda over it! Leave it 10 minutes and wipe………..AMAZING clean up job:)

    February 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm
  12. Jenn

    My only trick is a good vacuum cleaner.

    February 24, 2015 at 10:19 pm
  13. Robin

    Clean up after yourself.

    February 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm
  14. AngelaS

    Dawn dish soap for everything. If you burn as much as I do, Coca Cola to soak the pots and Bar Keepers Friend to make em shine. Teenagers. And if you were wise and did not think having three under age four would ever pay off, hire someone. Although I may have to try choreplay as suggested in an earlier comment. That one made me laugh.

    February 24, 2015 at 9:57 pm
  15. Mary Z

    Don’t cook and your kitchen doesn’t get dirty. LOL.

    February 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm
  16. ccharle2

    Keeping everything organized and cleaning up as I work.

    February 24, 2015 at 9:23 pm
  17. Margaret

    It helps to have a division of labor — work going on at the same time in different locations. He cooks, I clean! And clean as you go. Nothing is more motivating than a clean slate!

    February 24, 2015 at 9:08 pm
  18. anthony Crispo (@jinxster80)

    After many years working in different restaurants, the best tip is clean as you go so no big mess to go through at closing!!

    February 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm
  19. samantha

    Orange rines in vinegar!

    February 24, 2015 at 8:58 pm
  20. Sylvia

    Clean up while you’re cooking. Whatever is the largest bowl you are using to cook with, fill it with hot water & soap & then put all used utensils, smaller bowl etc in soaking. A huge sink full of water isn’t necessary. Clean up after every meal — no stacking dishes in the sink, load & run the dishwasher regularly!

    February 24, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Best tip I have is using vinegar.

    February 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm
  22. Gabe bennett

    Stick your husband in the kitchen and say “choreplay”!

    February 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm
  23. Dolly

    Cooking and cleaning can be so rewarding if you will clean up as you cook, so there is no mess as you sit down to enjoy your wonderful meal. Having an organized, decluttered and clean space to work in really makes for a great cooking experience. I think white Vinegar is the most amazing and versatile cleaner and disinfectant that every kitchen should be stocked with. You should never run out!

    February 24, 2015 at 7:33 pm
  24. Amelia Drew

    Barkeepers friend- that stuff works on EVERYTHING! I’ve used it on my sink, dishes, pots and pans, my granite counters! It leaves everything sparkling clean and no chemical smell!!

    February 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm
  25. Kimberly O

    Cleaning caked on, grimy oven racks, stove burner covers, baking pans, etc is a horrible chore. To make the task easier, fill the bathtub with HOT HOT water, adding a generous amount of grease-cutting Dawn dishwashing liquid & soak these items overnight. Scrub with a sponge the next day – the grime comes right off. Thanks!

    February 24, 2015 at 7:19 pm
  26. Annette

    Tried and true cleaning tip: hire a maid! 😉 I love putting a measuring cup of water inside the microwave. I bring it to a boil then let it sit a few minutes with the door closed. Then I can easily wipe off the grime with a damp rag.

    February 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm
  27. Jeff Jackson

    The top of my refrigerator and my range hood can get pretty grimy. I’ve found a mixture of Dawn dish washing liquid and Bon-Ami (or Barkeeper’s Friend) on a nylon scrubby cuts through that gunk so easy!

    February 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm
  28. Becki Cullipher

    I use baking soda and vinegar to clean my sink, garbage disposal.

    February 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm
  29. Becky J

    My kitchen cleaning secret used to be Molly Maids until we had some problems with them following the agreed upon schedule. I am now on my own and that isn’t working out so well! I need to find a new cleaning service soon.

    February 24, 2015 at 6:41 pm
  30. Karen Auton

    My kitchen cleaning secret is Bar Keepers Friend. I use it to remove stains from kitchen counter tops, to remove stove top grime as well as baked on food on pots and pans. Lastly I use it on my kitchen sink. Once I’m done with the sink, I toss in any overripe citrus in the disposal to eliminate odors.

    February 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm
  31. laura

    I use a french press coffee maker and when I boil water for the coffee I reserve a bit and dribble it on the glass top stove. While the coffee is steeping, I add a little dish detergent to the hot water on the stove top with a kitchen scrubber, let it sit for a minute and then rinse off and dry. I then admire the shiny glass top while enjoying the coffee!

    February 24, 2015 at 6:28 pm
  32. Carol Lynn

    I keep my white sink sparkling clean by using powder bar keepers friend. Everyone that comes over always comments how clean and scratch free my sink is. When I tell them my secret – they never believe me! It’s easy – just sprinkle, wait and clean away with a sponge. It takes out even the toughest scratches and scrapes.

    February 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm
  33. Christian Siler

    1) Vinegar is the cure-all 2) Diligence with dishes: wash every night, put up every morning.

    February 24, 2015 at 6:14 pm
  34. Cindy C (@bobisyellow)

    I have everything organized and it makes cleanup easy, I do things in the same order and can clean my kitchen in 14 minutes

    February 24, 2015 at 5:52 pm
  35. Janet Mailer

    I keep my counters clear by putting things away EVERY time. I use 409 and let it soak on my sink and counters while I unload the dishwasher and sweep the floor, Then it’s easy peazy to shine the sink and make sure the counters are clean. I like to have a wonderfully-scented candle glowing and sharing a luscious clean fragrance.

    February 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm
  36. Gloria Middleton

    I have a lot of Southern Living magazines. I keep mine. Good recipes and great ideas. Thank you.

    February 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm
  37. Gloria Middleton

    I like to keep my kitchen as clean as possible, germ free and dirt free and neat. Keeps the family from getting sick from germs, Especially keep my kitchen sink clean.

    February 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm
  38. Andrea

    Tried and true for my kitchen is using Clorox cleanup. My kitchen is rather old fashioned with Formica counters. Only Clorox cleanup makes them truly bright and clean and germ free…
    I guess if I had granite counters, I would dine out more – but I guess everyone knows that secret.

    February 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  39. Steven Cook

    Cleaning out the sink food disposal with vinegar and baking soda. Clean glass coffee pot with lemon juice, coarse salt and ice, just swirl.

    February 24, 2015 at 5:11 pm
  40. Janice Merchant-Agnich

    Heavy duty cleaner: 2 oz Dawn dish washing detergent
    4 oz Lemon juice
    8 oz White vinegar
    10 oz water
    Mix in spray bottle, clean oven grates, B B Q grills, really anything that has a tough cleaning problem. Just spray on, leave for a few minutes and wipe it off. Really works!

    February 24, 2015 at 5:11 pm
  41. Susan Whitehurst

    Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and Bar Keepers Friend keeps everything in my kitchen clean and shiny. Well, that and the new restaurant in town 😉

    February 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm
  42. Leslie C.

    Make your own sanitizer for wooden cutting boards,
    ¼ cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
    ¼ cup white distilled vinegar
    4 drops grapefruit seed extract, optional
    4 drops essential oil of oregano, optional
    1 TBLS baking soda
    Mix the hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, and essential oil of oregano in a spray bottle or bowl. Sprinkle the baking soda on the cutting board. Spray the board with or dunk a clean sponge in the mixture and scrub the board. It should fizz up a storm. Wipe the board thoroughly with fresh water before using it.

    February 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

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