A glass kitchen backsplash is prime real estate for splashes. No matter how carefully you stir, a drop of spaghetti sauce is bound to jump out of the pan and onto your glass tile. So how do you keep this surface clean? It’s easy to be tempted by the array of kitchen cleaning products on the market — but you really don’t need much to keep your kitchen backsplash shiny and spot-free. Here are a few natural solutions that you likely already have at home.
1. Absorb any grease or splatters with a paper towel.
Stopping to clean in the middle of cooking is not ideal — but taking just a moment to check your kitchen backsplash for splatters can save you a lot of trouble down the road. The faster you tackle the debris the less action is needed to remove the stain. The second you spot a splatter of food or grease, grab a paper towel and blot it down. This will absorb the debris from the glass surface, and in many cases will remove it all together.
2. A drop of warm water can do a lot of good.
If you still see a stain after absorbing the splatter, your next step is a little warm water. Wiping the surface with a damp cloth can do more than you imagine. Just run some warm water, dip your cloth underneath the faucet, and wring out any excess water. Then gently wipe the cloth over the stained area to try and remove the discoloration.
3. Soap is good for cleaning more than just dishes.
You’ve absorbed the splatter and wiped down the surface with warm water, but the stain lingers on your kitchen backsplash. Now it’s time for backup. Get a small bucket or bowl, and fill it with warm water and two drops of dishwashing liquid. Soak a sponge in the mild solution and then wring out any excess water. Working in a circular motion, try to rub out any remaining debris or discoloration.
4. Try a splash of vinegar.
Although not the best smelling kitchen cleaning solution, white vinegar is excellent at getting rid of tough stains and leaves a lustrous shine. If you’re dealing with a spot or splatter that is too tough for dishwashing liquid, try this natural option. Combine equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle. Spritz the solution on to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Remove the solution with a damp cloth and then let dry.
5. Spot treat with a DIY paste.
Your last resort is a DIY paste made with baking soda. For those really stubborn stains, this natural solution can work wonders. Simply mix one cup of baking soda with one cup of warm water. Stir the ingredients together until a thick paste forms. Completely cover the stain with the baking soda mixture. Once the paste has fully dried, gently remove it using a cloth or damp sponge. With most stains, the paste will draw out any grease or discolorations and leave your glass kitchen backsplash looking as good as new.
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