1. Kitchen cleaning shortcut #1: The microwave
Quickly clean your microwave by boiling a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl for five minutes. After the timer goes off, keep the door closed for a few more minutes to loosen up the caked-on food so you can easily wipe it off with a Sparkle paper towel. Bonus tip: Squeeze a lemon into the water first for extra cleaning power and a fresh-smelling kitchen, too.
2. Kitchen cleaning shortcut #2: Coffee stains
Stubborn coffee-ring stain on your countertop? Soak a paper towel in vinegar and lay it on the counter over the stain. After an hour or so, take off the vinegar-soaked towel and wipe clean. If any stain remains, sprinkle with a little table salt before wiping with vinegar. (Note: never use vinegar on marble or granite.)