If there’s one room of your house that requires the most cleaning, it’s your kitchen. Every day as you cook and use appliances, you inevitably create stubborn messes. No one enjoys cleaning the kitchen, especially those areas that are the most difficult. For your kitchen tough spots, here are some quick and easy cleaning methods you should start using now.
No matter how hard you try to keep your microwave clean and cover everything you put in it, spots, stains, and bits of food always accumulate on the microwave walls and ceiling. You don’t have to work so hard to remove them, though. You can drastically cut down on the elbow grease it will require by microwaving one cup of water mixed with one-half cup of lemon juice in a bowl for three minutes. The steam will loosen the filth so it can be easily wiped away, and it will make your microwave smell great.
Another simple way to do this is to microwave some wet paper towels for three minutes. The steam will loosen everything, and you can use those same paper towels to wipe all the mess away.
All the food and mess that goes down your garbage disposal is never totally obliterated. Bits can remain in the disposal, making it dirty and eventually smelly. There are a few ways you can easily clean the disposal without risking losing your fingers. One way is to put a few tablespoons of baking soda down the drain along with some ice cubes, and run the disposal and hot water for a few minutes.
If you’re thinking in advance, you can also mix one part water with one part vinegar, and freeze the mixture into a few ice cubes. Put the frozen ice cubes down the drain, grind them, and your disposal will be clean and fresh. To keep it smelling nice between cleanings, grind up some lemon slices every once in a while.
The blender is another appliance that can be very hard and dangerous to clean. If you’ve ever tried to hand wash the inside, you know how easy it is to cut yourself. You don’t have to suffer anymore. After using the blender, fill it about halfway with hot water, and put in a few drops of dish soap. Then just turn it on and let it blend itself clean for about thirty seconds. Thoroughly rinse, and you’re all set.
Burnt Pots and Pans
When your cooking efforts go awry, you’re often left with burned spots and food stuck to the bottom and sides of the pots or pans. It’s quite hard to clean them out, and you repeatedly try soaking them in hot, soapy water. To make it much easier on yourself, add a couple inches of water and a few drops of dish soap to the pot or pan. Then, put it back on the stove until the water boils. This will loosen the burned spots, and after the water cools it will be a breeze to clean.
About the Author: Katherine Brown is a cooking expert, kitchen guru, and dedicated mother who works with Drury Designs. She loves to write about cooking, cleaning, and the best ways to organize your kitchen so that you can get the most out of it.