Kitchen Cleaning Help Tips

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Old Toothbrushes Come in Handy

Save those old toothbrushes. When you go to clean the kitchen sink stopper, you can use your old toothbrush to get in all of the little holes. This makes cleaning the sink stopper much easier, not to mention that it does a much better job than your wash cloth.

What's an easy way to clean a microwave?

Microwave Cleanup

Cooking tips: clean up time! After you've had food splattered in your microwave, it's hard to clean up when doing kitchen cleaning. Just boil 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water in the microwave. This will loosen splattered on food and deodorize for easy clean up.

How do you clean greasy dishes?

Cleanup Greasy Dishes

To cut grease and odor on dishes when doing kitchen cleaning, add a tablespoon of vinegar to your hot soapy water.

Is there and easy way to remove the grease from my oven?

Cleaning your oven

Kitchen cleaning help: To remove grease from inside your oven when doing kitchen cleaning, put a small pan of ammonia in the oven in the evening, and then close the oven door. In the morning, remove the pan of ammonia. The grease inside the oven will wipe off very easily.

How can I clean my stainless steel sink?

Stainless Steel Sink

Use vinegar to clean your stainless steel sink. It will really make it shine.


Removing Melted Plastic From Your Glass Cooktop

It happens. You place your bag of bread on the stove before it has completely cooled and the next thing you know the plastic has melted on to the stove top. All you have to do is spray some WD-40 on the melted plastic and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Then scrape the plastic off carefully with a knife. If you have any plastic remaining, use acetone nail polish remover. Wipe off with a paper towel. Your cooktop is now free of plastic.

My kids are constantly spilling juice on my kitchen counter top. Is there an easy way to remove the stains?

A Pantry Problem Solver

Sometimes the solutions to your problems are as close as your pantry shelf. For counter-top stains caused by coffee, tea, or juice spills, for instance, just grab that box of baking soda you usually reserve for your favorite cookie recipes. Then mix three parts baking soda with one part water to create a paste. Apply onto a damp sponge, making sure to scrub the stain vigorously. Allow to sit for 30 minutes and wipe clean.

How do I clean up a dropped egg?

Egg on the Floor

If you drop an egg on the floor, cover it with salt and leave it alone for a couple of minutes. When you come back, you'll be able to easily clean the mess with a paper towel.

How can I prevent mold and germs on my kitchen counter?

Streak Free Counters

Wipe your kitchen work surfaces down with full strength vinegar. Besides streak free cleaning, it will also prevent mold.

How do I remove odor from a microwave?

Microwave Odor

Placing a few ounces of lemon juice and water in a cup and heating in the microwave will remove the smell of burned popcorn from the microwave.

How do I get the smell of onions out of my plastic storage containers?

Remove odor from plastic

If your plastic storage containers have a residual odor from storing onions or garlic, wash the container, and then wad up a piece of newspaper and seal it inside the container. In a few days the odor will be gone.


First Aid for Kitchen Burns

Use Cider VInegar on burns. This will quickly take the sting out. The vinegar also removes the heat. You may need to apply it more than once depending on the burn. For serious burns please seek medical attention. This tip is in no way a alternative for adequate medical care.

Do you have a recipe for a safe-to-use drain cleaner?

Drain Cleaner

More kitchen cleaning tips: To unclog a drain when doing kitchen cleaning, mix a cup of salt with a cup of baking soda. Pour the dry solution into the drain, and then add a pot of boiling water.

How do I remove tea stains from my mugs?

Baking Soda and Kitchen Cleaning

Looking for easy kitchen cleaning help? Make a paste by mixing baking soda and water when doing kitchen cleaning. Rub lightly over stains and they will disappear. A great idea without the cost of name brand detergents!

How can I clean my can opener blade?

Cleaning your can opener

The best way to clean your can opener blade is to use an old toothbrush loaded with anti-bacterial dish soap and scrub vigorously. Your can opener blade should be cleaned frequently to prevent bacteria.

What is the easiest way to remove baked-on food from my dishes?

Removing baked on food from your baking dishes...

More cleaning and cooking tips: Scrape off any loose bits of food. Put a couple of tablespoons of dishwasher detergent in the dish and add hot water. Stir the solution - a small wire whisk helps. The solution should be so heavy with detergent that it doesn't all quite dissolve. Leave it overnight. By morning, the baked on food will have lifted right off the surface of the dish. Don't use this method on non-stick bakeware surfaces.

How can I clean darkened aluminum pans?

Darkened Aluminum Pans

You can clean darkened aluminum pans when doing kitchen cleaning easily by pouring in two teaspoons cream of tartar mixed in a quart of water. Place on stovetop and boil for 10 minutes. Get high quality cookware and avoid issues like these.

How do I get food stains off of silverware?

Cleanup Silverware

Rinse food products off knives immediately after use when doing kitchen cleaning, especially mayonnaise, which is a highly corrosive substance. If staining should occur, use a non-abrasive polishing compound to remove it.

When I bake pies my oven is a mess! How can I clean it up?

Cleaning up pie spills

Kitchen cleaning tip: If the juice from fruit pies overflows while you're baking, sprinkle some salt onto the spill. The juice will then burn to a crisp, making it easily removable.

Where do I start?

Get Organized!

Spend a quiet weekend organizing all of your recipe files. Try the recipes you've been saving, and discard the recipes you know you'll never use. Remember that dish that takes 3 days to make? Get rid of it!

How can I reduce cooking time?

Reynolds Bags

Cooking bags, such as those made by Reynolds, are great for moist cooking and can actually reduce cooking time. They also greatly reduce the mess to be cleaned up afterward!

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