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Three Kitchen Clean-Up Hacks Every Cook Should KnowThere’s a good chance that your kitchen might become a little underused if the lovely weather persists, encouraging great swathes of you to head outdoors and fire up the barbecue. Still, for every alfresco dining session, there’s a raft of salad accompaniments, dips, desserts and pre-grilling prep to be done, so your surfaces and appliances could end up needing a good clean nonetheless. If you’d like to spend more time enjoying the fruits of your kitchen labour and less time cleaning then read on as we bring you three awesome tips that’ll make kitchen blitzing a doddle…
Sparkling ringsRemoving burned on grease and food from the gas rings and grilles of your cooker has traditionally involved a lot of elbow grease. People try all sorts of methods to get their rings gleaming, from scrubbing with wire brushes to spending a fortune on chemical treatments, but there’s a simpler, cheaper way to tackle this problem; Amonia. Just buy a tub of cheap household ammonia (available from most hardware stores or garden centres), and a couple of sturdy ZipLoc bags large enough to fit the gas rings and grilles into. Fill the bag or bags with around 60g of ammonia, place the things you want to clean inside, seal up and leave overnight. Then next day, simply remove the gas rings etc and give them a wipe with a sponge scourer and the grime will just fall off. Make sure you wear rubber gloves though because ammonia is corrosive to skin.
Sponge job? Yes thanks!Microwaves are so convenient and this is probably is the reason we use them so much and they get dirty very quickly as a result. Whether you’ve been cooking ready meals in yours or have merely used it for a quick re-heat or defrost, there’s a good chance that something has spattered against the inside walls somewhere down the line and will need to be cleaned. Don’t reach for abrasive scourers and harsh chemical cleaners though as these can damage the reflective paint on the microwave interior, nope, all you need to clean your microwave oven is a bit of vinegar, some lemon essential oils and a sponge. Just douse the sponge in cold water the place in in the microwave. Next, fill a spray bottle with about 300ml of water, add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil (available from most health food stores), a splash of white vinegar and give the bottle a good shake. Generously spray the lemon water/vinegar mix inside the microwave and run on a high setting for 2 minutes with the sponge still inside. When it’s done, leave to cool and then wipe out any mess with the sponge. Congratulations – you’ve just steam-cleaned your microwave!
Bin there, done thatEvery good kitchen needs a sturdy waste bin and every good kitchen will get a lot of use out of said receptacle such is the sheer volume of meals being cooked and the waste that invariably results. If you’re forever throwing out leftovers and unused ingredients then there’s a good chance that your bin might smell a bit funky. If it is, don’t worry because keeping it fresh is a cinch if you follow this handy tip. Simply clean your waste bin in the way that you usually would (giving it a hose down with a decent hosepipe is always a winner), leave it to dry naturally and when it has, sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking powder in the bottom. Baking powder is amphoteric, meaning that it can react with strong acids (which are usually present in things such as fats, oils, sweat, fish etc) and so magically deodorizes food smells it comes into contact with. If you know of any useful kitchen hacks, whether they relate to cleaning or cooking, please let us know via our Twitter or Facebook channels and we’ll round up the best in a later blog post. You never know, we might even dig out a little prize for the best ones!
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