Microwave: To prevent food splatter all over the inside of your microwave, always us a paper towel or a lid to cover the food you are cooking. If you have a really dirty microwave, the easiest way to clean it out is too use a microwave safe cup, fill half way with water, put it in the microwave on high for 30-40 seconds. Then simply wipe clean with a towel.
Microwave Odor: To deodorize your microwave, place a heat resistant bowl of water in the microwave, and add 3 or 4 slices of lemon. Cook on high for 30-40 seconds. If you prefer the smell of vanilla over lemon, you can use a couple drops of vanilla extract in the water instead.
Oven Trays: Prevention is the key. Add a small amount of water to your oven trays when baking or broiling. This could save you a lot of time when it comes to cleaning them. Or you can always cover the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil.
Oven Spills: To clean up spills in your oven, sprinkle the spills immediately with one part cinnamon and six parts table salt. When the oven has cooled, brush away the burnt-on food with a damp sponge. Not only will it absorb the spill but it will help remove the burnt food odor.
Freezer Odor: One way to get rid of freezer odor is with fresh bread. Place a loaf or two in your freezer and leave for about 3-4 nights.
Dishwasher's and Sinks
Stinky Sponge: To disinfect smelly sponges, wash sponge thoroughly, then microwave it while it is wet, for a short period. When you see steam from the sponge, the bacteria in the sponge will be dead. Remove carefully, it will be hot! Wash the sponge thoroughly before use. **Make sure the sponge has no metal components!**
Dishes: If you can't was the dishes right away, sprinkle with salt to keep eggs from sticking and make the dishes easier to wash later. Sprinkle salt into any closed container prone to developing odors. Leave overnight, then rinse. Repeat if needed.
Garbage Disposal: If you've got a lemon that's a little past its prime, cut it in quarters and run it through your sink disposal to freshen your drain.
To clean out debris and odor in your disposal, pour 1/4 cup each of baking soda, salt, and automatic dish washing detergent into the drain. Turn on hot water and run the disposal for a few seconds. You could also add 2 or 3 tbsp. of pure vanilla essence if you prefer the scent.
Sink Drain: To eliminate odors and grease deposits in your kitchen drain pour a strong solution of 1 cup of salt and 2 cups hot water down the drain. Clear a slow drain by dropping a couple of alka-seltzer tablets, pour in 1 cup of vinegar, then flush with hot water.
Stainless Steel Sink: A stainless steel kitchen sink that is scratched or stained can be restored by pouring a small amount of pure vegetable oil on a piece of 220 grit extra fine sandpaper. Rub the sink well, making sure to move in the same direction as the original polishing lines.
Dishwasher: For more effective dishwashing, add a few tablespoons of vinegar along with the dishwashing detergent when washing dishes. The vinegar cuts the grease and leaves dishes sparkling. Deodorize and clean hard water stains from the inside of your dishwasher by running it with lemonaid mix instead of detergent.
Tea Kettle: A great way to get rid of lime scale or other build up on your tea kettle is to place two tablespoons of water softener in the kettle. Top it up with water and let it boil for a few minutes. Repeat if necessary.
Coffee Maker: Give your coffee maker a good cleaning every once in a while by filling the reservoir with white vinegar. Run it through a full cycle, then repeat the cycle twice with plain water.
Overflowing Coffee Maker: Often coffee makers overflow due to the filter not sitting properly in the basket. Simply we the filter a little before placing it the basket. This will usually hold the filer in place through the cycle.
Blender: To clean your blender quick and easily add 1/2 tsp. of dish soap and fill half way with hot tap water. Turn it on high and blend it clean. The blades create a soapy water vortex that cleans most build up really quickly.
Bread Box: To help keep your bread from molding to quickly, place a box of blackboard chalk in the bread box. It will keep the air drier inside.
Pot Holders: Spray your pot holders with spray starch to help prevent those grease stains. Re-apply after each wash.
Coffee Stains: Remove tea or coffee stains from mugs by rubbing stained areas with salt and a little water. Then wash as usual.
Tupperware: To keep your plastic containers from getting stained from tomato based foods, soak the container and lid in cold water for 5 minutes or so before filling. You could also wipe the inside of the container with a little cooking oil.
Save Scorched Pans: Remove as much burnt food as possible from the pan with a plastic or wooden utensil. Use baking soda and sprinkle a good layer over the burnt area. Add 1 1/2 cups water and leave it overnight. The next day use your utensil to scrape and lift the remains. Do not use on aluminum pans.
Onion Hands: You can usually remove most of the onion smell from your hands after cutting onions, by taking hold of a stainless steel spoon and running that hand under the cold water tap for about 30 seconds. The smell with vanish. You can also try rubbing your hands with salt and vinegar.
Glass Table: Small scratches on glass tables can be removed by rubbing a small abount of toothpaste on the area, let it dry, and wipe it clean.
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