9 Tips To Keep The Kitchen Clean & Safe

These Tips Will Help Keep Your Kitchen Clean And Safe



(1). MEASURE STICKY STUFF WITHOUT MAKING A MESS

  • As avid tea drinkers, we measure out honey on a daily basis. But there are many more kitchen tasks that call for measuring sticky substances, from molasses and maple syrup to marshmallow fluff. As you know if you’ve tried it, measuring sticky substances poses a challenge: A lot of the ingredient sticks to the measuring cup instead of pouring out and ending up where you want it. Your honey or molasses goes to waste, and you don’t know how much has ended up in the mixing bowl or the teacup. How do you properly measure something that sticks to everything?

  • It’s simple: Coat your measuring utensil with hot water or cooking oil. You’ll instantly transform the interior of the cup into a nonstick surface, and everything will slide right out with ease.

(2). USE PLASTIC WRAP FOR A MESS FREE FRIDGE

  • Nothing is more frustrating than a messy refrigerator spill. Spill a sticky liquid in there, and there’s no way to clean it without removing the items in the fridge and crouching awkwardly on the floor to scrub away. Save the hassle and cover refrigerator shelves with plastic wrap. Just place a sheet of plastic wrap on fridge surfaces, and when the inevitable spill happens, you can just peel it off and add a new sheet. The plastic wrap trick will also buy you time if you’re in a hurry—there’s no need to rush to clean up a spill before it dries.

(3). HOW TO SCOUR A CAST IRON PAN

  • Cast iron pans are beautiful and versatile, and they can last for decades. But modern cleaning techniques don’t always work on these old-fashioned cooking implements. Put them in the dishwasher or soak them in water, and they’ll rust. Use a scouring pad or steel wool, and you’ll strip the pan’s seasoning—the nonstick layer that builds up over time from heated oil. This can create quite the dilemma when dealing with baked-on or burned food in a cast-iron pan.
  • Like the pans themselves, the solution is simple and low-tech. Using salt to scrub away scum is a great alternative because the salt is abrasive enough to remove the grime, but not enough to scrape off the coating, as steel wool would do. Use this technique, and your pans will stay in good shape for another few years or decades. 

(4). USE GLASS CLEANER TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL

  • Not all cleaning products work for every cleaning task—no, not even “all-purpose” cleaner. When you’re preparing to have guests over, you want every surface to shine, but most cleaners won’t give that result to stainless steel. And it’s frustrating when you scrub and scrub at something and have all kinds of streaks.
  • This happens for a reason. Regular kitchen cleaner is designed to cut through grease and dirt, not give a streak-free shine. However, glass cleaner will leave your stainless steel appliances completely streak-free and sparkly clean—and your guests impressed.

(5). DE-GRIME YOUR MICROWAVE

  • Microwaves are a pretty convenient thing to have around when you have leftovers, or a frozen meal, or a big tub of chicken stock you need to thaw and make into soup. The only time they’re not so convenient is when they get dirty. All that caked-on food is hard to get at, and it’s gross.
  • Steam to the rescue. The food debris in your microwave is just like the gunk inside a pot—it’s hardest to remove when dry. To “soak” the interior, microwave a cup of water and leave it to boil for a minute or two before you start cleaning. (Add a sliced orange to the water for a fresh smell.) This will bring some moisture back into the grime and loosen it for easy removal.

(6). BABY PROOF WITH COOKIE CUTTERS

  • Baby-proof your kitchen in a super cute way by using cookie cutters! Not only are they much cheaper than baby-proof harnesses, but they will look much less tacky

(7). KID-PROOF YOUR KNIVES 

  • Many home cooks have knives stored with all or part of the blade exposed, whether in a drawer or on the counter. But with kids around, those blades can pose a danger—especially the point of the knife. Protect your kids from accidental cuts with this innovative trick. Repurpose your leftover wine corks by sticking them on the tips of your knives. This works well to protect those wandering little hands from an accidental ouchie.

(8). HOW TO EXTINGUISH A KITCHEN FIRE

  • Some home cooks are fixated on problems like getting a souffl√© to rise, while others struggle to boil water for spaghetti. Whatever type you are, the occasional kitchen disaster is inevitable. Hopefully you’ll never have to use this tip--but if you do find yourself having to put out a (literal) kitchen fire, follow these simple rules to make sure you do it the right way.
  • Many kitchen fires involve grease, so pouring water on them just makes them worse. That’s because oil and water don’t mix, so the water just sinks to the bottom and spreads the flames around. Instead, throw some baking soda on that fire. As it interacts with the fire it will release carbon dioxide. If there’s anything that a fire hates, it’s carbon dioxide. If the blaze is in a contained area, you can also use a lid or other container to cut off oxygen to it and smother it.
  • Keep calm and add baking soda—the kitchen fire may hurt your pride as a chef, but it won’t hurt anything else. 

(9). HOW TO HAVE A RADIANTLY CLEAN DISHWASHER

Is your dishwasher in need of a bath? Here are 8 Tips for a Radiantly Clean Dishwasher.

TOOLS,

  • sponge
  • toothbrush
  • soft rags or microfiber cloths
  • baking soda
  • distilled white vinegar
  • dish soap
  • stainless steel or multipurpose cleaner
  • screwdriver, and a toothpick (or small pointy object)

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO,

1. Empty all dishes. 

2. Remove the racks and clean any food particles from the spinning holes. 

3. Wipe the dishwasher grate with warm soapy water. 

4. Remove the filter by undoing the screws. Use a soft toothbrush to wash the filter parts with warm soapy water or baking soda paste. 

5. Clean the door seal with a damp cloth soaked in distilled vinegar. 

6. Clean the utensil rack. 

7. Run an empty cycle on light or express cycle with two cups of vinegar at the bottom of your dishwasher. Let it sit for 20 minutes and repeat the cycle. 

8. Clean and polish exterior of your dishwasher.


(10). EASY STEPS TO A SPARKLING CLEAN FREEZER

  • With some homemade cleaning solution and a little elbow grease, it’s easy to get your freezer back to top form. Got a dirty freezer and thirty minutes to spare? Here are 8 Easy Steps to a Sparkling Clean Freezer
  • Things You’ll Need: a large cooler (or two), fragrance-free dish soap, hot water, sponge, vinegar or baking soda, paper towels or dish towel, rubber gloves (optional), and toothbrush (optional). 

HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT,

1. Unplug your refrigerator unit, or switch off your freezer’s temperature controls. 

2. Empty any ice and food and place in the cooler. Soak the trays and any removable icemaker parts in a sink of warm, soapy water (let the parts come to room temperature before putting them in the water to avoid cracking). 

3. Make an organic solution of equal parts hot water and white vinegar, or mix a quart of warm water with two tablespoons baking. Put the solution into a spray bottle and spray the inside of your freezer. 

4. Wipe down the inside of the freezer with a wet sponge or dishcloth. 

5. Clean the freezer door and the surrounding seal with a toothbrush and cleaning solution. 

6. Dry the inside with dish towel or paper towel. 

7. Return the drawers and shelves. 

8. Return all food and ice to the freezer.

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