Here are some of the BEST ways to keep your kitchen clean!
To shine chrome, use vinegar or window cleaner. If the numbers on your oven dial are worn, take a yellow crayon and rub it all over the number on the dial. Gently wipe off the excess crayon and paint with clear nail polish. To clean splattered food from the interior of your microwave, bring one cup of water to a boil until steam forms on the inside walls of the microwave. Remove water and wipe with a damp cloth. You may have to repeat the process to get a really big job done. To rid yellowing from white appliances try this: Mix together: 1/2 cup bleach, 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 cups warm water. Apply with a sponge and lets set for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Instead of using commercial waxes, shine with rubbing alcohol. For quick clean-ups, rub with equal parts of water and household ammonia. Or, try club soda. It cleans and polishes at the same time.
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Fill part way with hot water and add a drop of detergent. Cover and turn it on for a few seconds. Rinse and drain dry.
Burnt & Scorched Pans:
Sprinkle burnt pans liberally with baking soda, adding just enough water to moisten. Let stand for several hours. You can generally lift the burned portions right out of the pan. Stubborn stains on non-stick cookware can be removed by boiling two tablespoons of baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar and one cup of water for ten minutes. Re-season pan with salad oil.
Clean the outside of the pan with commercial oven cleaner. Let sit for two hours and the accumulated black stains can be removed with vinegar and water.
Run a cup of white vinegar through the entire cycle in an empty dishwasher to remove all soap film.
When a drain is clogged with grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a kettle of boiling water. The grease will usually dissolve immediately and open the drain. Coffee grounds are a no-no. They do a nice job of clogging, especially if they get mixed with grease.
**To make sure you never have to worry about coffee grounds again I recommend getting a Keurig! You can buy K-Cups for one cup so than there will be NO coffee grounds in the way! :
Spray furniture polish on the bristles of your broom and the dust and dirt will be easier to collect when you sweep.
Remove hard water stains from your dish drainer by tilting the low end of the board lightly and pouring one cup of white vinegar over the board. Let it sit overnight and rub off with a sponge in the morning.
Never put a delicate glass in hot water bottom side first; it will crack from sudden expansion. The most delicate glassware will be safe if it is slipped in edgewise. Vinegar is a must when washing crystal. Rinse in one part vinegar to three parts warm water. Air dry. When one glass is tucked inside another, do not force them apart. Fill the top glass with cold water and dip the lower one in hot water. They will come apart without breaking.
For a fast and simple clean-up, rub salad oil on the grate before using. Use a toothbrush to brush lemon rind, cheese, onion, or whatever out of the grater before washing.
Fill the bottle with warm water, add one teaspoon of baking soda and allow to soak.
Following a spill, sprinkle with salt immediately. When over is cool, brush off burnt food and wipe with a damp sponge. Sprinkle bottom of the oven with automatic dishwasher soap and cover with wet paper towels. Let stand for a few hours. A quick way to clean oven parts is to place a bath towel in the bathtub and pile all removable parts from the oven into it. Draw enough hot water to just cover the parts and sprinkle a cup of dishwasher soap over it. While you are cleaning the inside of the oven, rest will be cleaning itself. An inexpensive oven cleaner: Set oven on warm for about 20 minutes, then turn off. Place a small dish of full strength ammonia on the top shelf. Put a large pan of boiling water on the bottom shelf and let it sit overnight. In the morning, open the oven and let it air a while before washing off with soap and water. Even the hard baked-on grease will wash off easily.
Plastic Cups, Dishes & Containers:
Coffee or tea stains can be scoured with baking soda. Or, fill the stained cup with hot water and drop in a few denture cleanser tablets. Let soak for one hour. To rid foul odors from plastic containers, place crumpled-up newspaper (black and white only) into the container. Cover tightly and leave overnight.
To help eliminate odors fill a small bowl with charcoal (the kind used for potted plants) and place it on a shelf in the refrigerator. It absorbs odors rapidly. An open box of baking soda will absorb food odors for at least a month or two. A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the refrigerator will eliminate odors. To prevent mildew from forming, wipe with vinegar. The acid effectively kills the mildew fungus. Use a glycerin soaked cloth to wipe sides and shelves. Future spills wipe up easily. After the freezer has been defrosted, coat the inside coils with Glycerin. The next time you defrost, the ice will loosen quickly and drop off in sheets. Wash inside and out with a mixture of three tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water.
For s sparkling white sink, place paper towels across the bottom of your sink and saturate with household bleach. Let set for 1/2 hour or so. Rub stainless steel sinks with lighter fluid if rust marks appear. After the rust disappears wipe with your regular kitchen cleanser. Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to remove water spots from stainless steel. Spots on stainless steel can also be removed with white vinegar. Club soda will shine up stainless steel sinks in a jiffy.
To remove lime deposits, fill with equal parts of vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and allow to stand overnight.
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