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How to get rid of kitchen messes

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Keeping a kitchen clean is a number one priority!  It should be cleanest room in the house, but unfortunately, many times it’s not!

Here’s a few hints and tips to help keep a variety of kitchen “things” clean:

Let’s start with dirty skillets:  Fill skillet with an inch or two of water (depending on the depth of the pan) and add a couple tablespoons of baking soda; bring to a simmer and use a spatula to scrape down the sides removing all cooked-on foods.

Clean your microwave by placing a microwavable cup filled with water in the microwave.  Turn on high and let the water boil for a few minutes.  Wipe out the entire microwave – it’ll be all clean with no scrubbing. 

If your microwave has greasy spots in it, sprinkle the spots with cornstarch or baking powder; allow to sit a few minutes and wipe right out.

For extra-greasy dishes in the dishwasher – don’t add extra dishwasher detergent – too many suds can clog your dishwasher and it won’t be able to clean your dishes very well.  Instead, sprinkle the bottom of the dishwasher with ½ cup baking soda before you run it.  This will cut the grease and your dishes will come out clean. 

To deodorize your dishwasher, add 1 cup of baking soda to the dishwasher when its empty and run the dishwasher.  Once dried it will smell fresh.

If your dishwasher is looking a bit disgusting inside, place a bowl in the bottom rack of the dishwasher with 3 cups white vinegar
in it (no other dishes) and run it through a cycle – and shut off before the drying cycle.

If the refrigerator starts to smell bad and your box of baking soda doesn’t seem to be doing it’s job, empty your fridge and wipe down the sides and shelves with a clean rag dampened well with vanilla extract.  You may have to use some elbow grease to get any stains out, but the smell will be gone.

Butcher block tables and counter tops pick up plenty of stains.  Clean with a lemon and salt; just squeeze lemon juice on, sprinkle with salt and scrub with a piece of lemon to remove the stains.

Don’t scratch your kitchen counters with harsh scouring pads – grab an old pair (clean) of panty hose – cut off the legs and knot them off a couple times so you have something to scrub with.

Remove stains from stainless steel sinks by pouring hot water over the stain to loosen it, sprinkle with baking soda and let sit for a minute or two.  Scrub gently with a soft sponge and rinse with hot water.  Don’t use scoring pads.

Ammonia poured on a sponge will remove coffee and tea stains from stainless steel sinks.  Rinse the sink and the sponge with hot water.

Wash sponges in your dishwasher to keep them fresh and make them last longer.

Sprinkle used sponges with baking soda after every use and rinse out completely before using again.

Prevent the rust stains from steel wools pads easily by scrunching a bit of aluminum foil and place in the scouring pad holder.  Place the steel wool pad on the foil and the steel wool pad won’t rust.

Clean crayon off kitchen floors by heating with a hair dryer and wipe right up after the wax from the crayons has melted.

For a quick smell-killer in your kitchen trash can – for smelly fish, etc. pour a couple cups of kitty litter in the can to absorb the odors.

Keep a dryer sheet in the bottom of a clean kitchen trash can (place your trash can liners on top of it) to keep your trash can smelling fresh.  Replace the dryer sheet every month or so when the fragrance is all gone.

When was the last time you cleaned your can opener?  Hasn’t it opened tons of cans for you?  Place hand can openers in hot soapy water and use a scrub brush on them to clean; rinse well.  They will cut much better.  For electric can openers, remove the cutter and scrub in hot soapy water; rinse and dry.

Do you use meat grinders and pasta machines that have the vise to hold them in place?  Use a terry cloth kitchen towel between the vise and the work place to prevent scratching countertops.

Clean around faucets using an old toothbrush.  You can also use an old toothbrush to clean the area where your skillet handles meet the skillet.  Also, toothbrushes do a good job cleaning those skillets that have “ridged” bottoms that your dishcloth can’t get into.

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June 17th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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