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Quick Tips For Kitchen Cleaning

  1. SuppliesCracked Eggs: If you’ve ever dropped an egg on the counter or floor, you know what a sloppy, slimy mess it is to wipe up! Next time try drizzling salt generously over the egg, wait a few minutes until it’s dry–then the mess sweeps up easily. *ETA: Careful not to leave the salt sitting too long, especially around metal parts. I had a reader send in a note that the sitting salt affected a metal piece underneath kitchen carpeting.
  2. There is often a residue coating the inside of the oven once it’s been cleaned. It causes an odor and some smoke when baking or cooking dishes until it’s burned off. What you can try is doing a quick wipe with a cloth first soaked in 50/50 vinegar and water. This should remove all traces of the residue. Just make sure to do a complete wiping job.
  3. Dishwasher: The orange Tang juice crystals contain citric acid which can remove stains nicely. If your appliance needs a little TLC to remove scum or stains, run a full empty load with some orange Tang tossed in.
  4. Refrigerator: Try wiping the inside of your refrigerator with hot, soapy water and then a rinse wipe with 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to help fight mildew. It also freshens and deodorizes the inside of your fridge. Also make sure to check out this page [1] for more handy helpers.
  5. Refrigerator Dust Bunnies: Don’t forget to pull out your refrigerator regularly to vacuum off the back coils or pull the front kickplate off to get at the coils if they’re at the bottom. The coils are a major dust collector and this means your fridge has to work harder to keep the inside cool (costing you more to run it). Unplug the appliance first.

How To Remove Melted Plastic From A Toaster

Appliance(originally published January 18, 2007) Once the toaster is completely cool and unplugged, here are a few things to try getting melted plastic off from the side of it. You may want to test a small area first to make sure the finish won’t be harmed or scratched.

After treating, wipe area well with a hot soapy cloth to get rid of any remaining residue.

Blender

Appliance(originally published December 28, 2006) Here are two different methods you can try:

Method #1

Method #2

You can also do Method #1 as a rinse method.

Extra Crusty Fix:

Cheese Grater

Shredded(originally published January 22, 2008) I’m sure we all do fine washing out our cheese graters but here is a collection of tips that will help make the job easier for the stubborn hole cloggers, one or two might be new to you.

Standard Method:

Unclogging It:

Do you have method not mentioned? Please share it below :).

Range Hood

Backsplash(originally published January 24, 2007) To bring a shine back to your stove’s exhaust fan and hood, first turn off the power to the appliance. Here are some tips for cleaning the grease filter:

For both inside and outside the hood, apply degreaser to a damp cloth and wipe down. Make sure not to spray any directly on the appliance since you could accidentally spray some into the exhaust fan motor or light fixture.

If the buildup inside the hood is especially thick, first make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Take a cloth wet with hot, soapy water and then scrub with the paste in a circular motion–wipe off as much as the grease as you can then rinse the cloth in a bucket of hot, soapy water. Reapply baking soda paste on the cloth and repeat as needed.

Once the majority of buildup has been removed–wash the unit with hot, soapy water to remove all traces of the baking soda paste and then wipe with degreaser if needed.

How To Wax A Wood Cutting Board

Once done, rub the heated iron on an old towel to remove the wax. (Originally published February 21, 2007)