Kitchen Wisdom II
Last week I touched on a few concepts to help your kitchen function to its full potential. This week I wanted to follow that up with simple ways to aid in making your hardest working room sparkle. Even though I’m completely guilty of it on numerous occasions, one of my biggest pet peeves is leaving countertops or sinks full of dirty dishes. There is nothing worse than stumbling into the kitchen for your first cup of coffee only to be greeted by a mountain of crustiness. Not the end of the word but still uncool. 1) If you notice strange aromas coming from your fridge (& there is nothing growing or outdated in there), try placing fresh coffee grounds in a small bowl on the lower shelf. Smells should be gone within a week. Once odors are taken care of, an open box of baking soda will keep it smelling fresh. 2) When cleaning your fridge, don’t forget to wash the seals. A small brush will help get the crumbs & goop caught in the grooves. 3) There is a simple “earth friendly” cleaner if you have white appliances. Simply make a paste of baking soda and water, wipe appliances down until clean & finish by going over with a clean, damp cloth or sponge to remove residue. 4) Cleaning a grease splattered oven is easy (even if you don’t have the self-clean option). Before retiring for the night, pour a cup of ammonia in an aluminum cake pan and place in the oven (which should be off & cool). In the a.m. remove the pan and discard ammonia. Your oven will wipe clean with a damp sponge. 5) While doing any baking, keep drips and splattering to a minimum by placing a pan with a bit of water on the rack below anything you think might drip or bubble over – no scorching smell & clean up is easy. 6) Keeping touchpads on appliances free of grime can be tricky. Try putting a little vinegar on a soft cloth and wipe the touch pad gently. 7) An easy way to clean the inside of your microwave is to place a small bowl of vinegar in it, cook in high until the vinegar begins to steam. Wet a cloth or sponge in the vinegar & wipe interior clean.