The holiday season can take its toll on any family. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, your kitchen has probably seen more than it bargained for and now holds your deepest, darkest secrets. Emotionally and physically, you’re probably exhausted – but the job isn’t done yet!
Put on your best looking gloves and let us break down these 7 tips on showing your kitchen some much needed love after all you’ve put it through the last year.
1. Clean your pots and pans – AGAIN!
Think about it, your pots and pans have been cooked in, night after night for 12 months! And all you’ve done is run over it with a rag and some Dawn. Pick up a non-abrasive sponge and cleaning product and put some elbow grease behind it! Whether it’s a stainless pan with burnt on mess, an enamel Dutch oven beating or a cast iron skillet that has dried out – clean them like you mean it!
2. Clean/change your stove vent fan filter
We have to admit – we didn’t even know this was a thing. So…..it’s safe to say that you’ll need to pick up a new one at your local hardware store or online. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for a serial number of the filter you’ll need.
3. Clean/replace dishwashing tools
It’s a simple as putting your scrub brush through the dishwasher for a quick clean. Or you can soak the bristle end in distilled white vinegar for an hour or two and then hang it to dry.
4. Wash dishrags/towels
Don’t just place them in the washing machine, BOIL them! Once you boil them you can still run them through the wash as normal but a good boil will help eliminate germs for sure!
5. Clean your dishwasher
Your dishwasher has likely saved your life on some occasions! And if not your life then it’s definitely saved your fingers from pruning and gross dish water from sitting. Show it some love by running a cycle with just vinegar and no dishes.
6. Clean your garbage disposal
Place the stopper in the sink and fill it up with HOT water and squirt in a little dish soap to get the water nice and sudsy. Turn on the disposal and remove the plug to let the hot dish soap run through. Next, throw a few ice cubes and kosher salt down there and turn it on. The ice cubes will help knock lose any food off the grinder while the salt scrubs the sides. And finally, grind up a few lemon peels for a fresh smell. Voila!
7. Clean your microwave
Fill up a spray bottle with water and lemon juice. Then spray the inside of the microwave thoroughly with the concoction. Once done spraying the problem areas, turn on the microwave for 30 seconds to one minute. Be careful when you open the microwave door as the water/juice is likely hot. All you have to do is wipe down the microwave with a towel, no scrubbing should be necessary!
We hope these 7 tips will help you start off the year with a clean slate – pun intended ;)