Juggling Jugs

You have a mess underneath you sink, but you have no idea you can organize it so that you can still find what you need.

The next time you have an empty plastic jug from milk or other items, clean it out well.  Cut off the top to the height that you want and clean it well.

Now you can fill it with gloves, sponges and other little items that are usually running rampant under your sink.

It will also keep residual water from dripping onto the bottom of the cabinet and making everthing else wet in the process.

Grating Cheese

You love freshly grated cheese, what you don’t love is cleaning the grater after.

The next time you grate cheese, try rubbing a bit of vegetable oil on the grater before you start.  This will help lubricate the surface for easier grating and easier clean up when you are done.

Gadget Cleanup

You are running out of room for stuff in the kitchen.  On a rainy day, you can have it all cleaned up and organized in no time.

First, remove everything from the drawers and place everything into 3 stacks.  Always Used, Used Sometimes, and Never Used.

Take the never used stack and place everything into a storage bin and set aside for 6 months or a year.  At the end of that time, anything that is left in it can be sold or given away.

I have another bin that I put my used sometimes things into.  When I need it, I just open up the bin and grab it.

Everything that you use all the time, just place back into the drawers for easy access.

Spritzing Soak

To help save you some time cleaning dishes, this simple tip will make cleaning a breeze.

Grab an empty spray bottle and fill it 2/3 full with water then 1/3 liquid dish soap. Leave this by the sink.

Now when you are cooking and have a particularly dirty pan or dish, spray thoroughly and let it soak while you are completing your preperation or serving.

Now when it is time for cleanup you should be able to wipe away easily.

Vinegar Usage V

Vinegar is the unsung hero of the kitchen. It has plenty of uses around the house, besides just cooking.

If you have painted a room and the smell of paint is taking a long time to dissipate, place a bowl of vinegar in the room. The vinegar will help to dispel the paint odor.

If you have a clogged showerhead from hard water and minerals, place the showerhead into a bowl. Pour in enough vinegar to cover and let set for 15-20 minutes. Remove the head from the bowl and scrub with a toothbrush. Place the showerhead back on the nozzle and run water though to make sure that all the holes are cleared. If you still have a few plugged holes just use a toothpick, when the water is off, to break any clumps free.

If you happen to get stung by a bee or mosquito, you can place a paper towel soaked in vinegar on the site to help alleviate some of the pain and itching.

After you have washed your hair, mix a tablespoon of vinegar with a cup of water and use as a final rinse. This will help strip any extra soap buildup and help your hair to shine.

Clean 2 for 1

Before you turn you oven to clean, walk out side and grab the racks from your gas grill. Place them inside your oven and close the door and set it up to clean.

Now when the cleaning cycle is done all you have to do is remove the racks and gently wash off the ashes and return to your grill.

Leaky Stopper

You have a sink stopper that just doesn’t seem to be working anymore. Every time that you run to the store, you forget to pick up a new one.

To give your stopper a little more life by tearing off a small piece of saran wrap and wrap your stopper in it. It will help to alleviate the small leaks until you can pick up a new one.

Cutting Board Stains

You use your wood cutting board all the time. Lately as you look at the board and notice that there are more and more stains appearing. These are quick and easy to clean up with the right ingredients.

Sprinkle some salt onto your wooden board.  Now grab a wedge of fresh lemon and rub the salt into the board.  The combination should scrub your board clean.

If you have a stubborn stain that is quite persistent clean the board thoroughly with warm water.  Now grab your bottle of bleach and sprinkle it on your stain.  Let sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

Rusty Steel Wool

I still use the occasional steel wool pad for cleaning stainless steel pans. I hate it when I am done though and I leave it on the sink. The next time that I grab it, it disintegrates in my hand and rust goes everywhere.

I found a good way to keep this from happening.   When I am done cleaning, I rinse the wool thoroughly and place it into a tightly sealed bag.  Now just drop it in the freezer and it is perfectly preserved for the next use!

Cleaning Teflon

You love your Teflon, but every now and then when you are cooking you have a pan that just doesn’t want to come clean. Here is a great tip for cleaning it up.

Mix up a combination of 1 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 teaspoons of baking powder in the pan.

Now just clean the pan as normal with a soft dish rag,  rinse and dry. Don’t forget to season the pan again the next time that you use it.

Even though teflon is nonstick, it still requires a bit of fat to prevent food from sticking.