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Line your kitchen and bathroom cupboards with floor tiles. It looks attractive and it provides easy clean-up. Apply a cork tile to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door to pin take-out menus, shopping lists, tips, anything really.
By sooz from Toronto, ON
Cleaning the space over the cupboards where dust and grime accumulate can be some job to do. If you line the area with wax paper or paper towels, it makes the cleaning easier. I have done this for the last ten years and I have very little washing to do when I do my spring and fall cleaning. Try it, it's worth the trouble.
By Raymonde from North Bay, Ontario
This tip is related to clean up after eating and cooking; it took me a lifetime to learn this lesson, and it's one of those things you have to experience to believe.
I recommend that you scrape, rinse, and wash your dishes immediately after eating, whether preparing for the dishwasher or to hand wash. This will take you 10 minutes tops once you have the routine down pat, especially if you have rinsed as you cooked.
For every half hour you let the food sit on the plates and dry and grow crusty, add more time to the clean up. By the time the dishes have sat overnight, plan on a minimum of 30 minutes. If you are really remiss due to inertia for any and all reasons (illness, absence, indolence, and what have you) you can count on an hour to get the crusties off the stove top, out of the pots, etc. It is so nice to just have the kitchen clean right away after dinner, it is really worth it. Then your family can do all kinds of things in the space.
In my sister in law's house, the one who cooks is off the hook for dishes and the first adult up from the table who didn't cook starts the process. The second eligible adult continues and in minutes the kitchen is clean. Kids know to scrape plates and put them in sink or on the drainboard. My house is a mixed bag of helpers and laggers. Helping is definitely the way to go.
By pikka from Westminster, CO
Home Improvement stores offer plastic putty knives in various sizes, sometimes a bagged variety pack of sizes. A small (my go-to tool is 2 inches wide) putty knife is a must have for your kitchen cleanup! It removes the residue from your pots and pans easily without marring any finish, from Teflon to stainless or ceramic!
I always pre-soak my baked on, fried on foods while I tackle the easy cleanups. Then I take my handy putty knife and run it across the cook/bakeware and the residue just lifts off! This is also great for cooking surfaces when you have a spillover.
By Trisha from Ventura, CA
Also, having the kitchen under control when the rest of the house needs attention, allows us to focus on other parts of the house that need some TLC. Unfortunately, there are times when I wake up to a sink with dishes from the "dish fairy" in the middle of the night. I used to rant and rave about how unfair it was and my family would take on a glazed look and get disgruntled.
However, now I just do them anyway, and forget about complaining as it really gets me nowhere. Besides, I think there's more to worry about than a few dishes in the sink. As a result of this attitude I've now found that my children and husband now think twice about just dumping things into the sink. I expect what I have been done has started to rub off on them.
We had a dishwasher in the house we sold a few years back and the house we bought was an ex-rental and devoid of "extras". In the last house I found it hard to get anyone to stack the dishwasher. No-one seemed to want to do it and things went into the sink instead. Now that we are living with no dishwasher I think the children appreciate how much extra work is involved and realize the work that goes into keeping the sink free of clutter.
I love waking up to my gleaming sink knowing that I can prepare breakfast without having to clean up first.
By the Oracle
If you have a microwave or a fan above your stove, then this tip is for you. I put a towel in the door of my microwave to catch the steam. When you are done cooking, just wipe what steam is left.
After cleaning the tops of your cupboards in the kitchen, line them with newspaper. No one will see it up there and the next time cleaning will be so much easier!
Try placing a plastic tray under your mixer when baking. It will make the mixer easier to slide across the countertop and the tray will catch any spills. Clean-up is so much easier when all you have to do is wash the tray under the faucet.
Use peel and stick vinyl tiles to line your kitchen cupboards. They are inexpensive and wipe clean so easily.
When I make my own pie crust my counter gets messy with flour and hardened dough. So that I don't scratch the countertop, I use a plastic potato bag closure.
I am a big believer in cleaning a little bit at a time. While my coffee is dripping in the morning, I either wipe out my microwave, wipe around the sink, or check the refrigerator.
Wet a towel and wring it. Put a dab of dishwashing liquid soap in the centre. Rub to spread. Clean all your kitchen electrical appliances like steel, plastic toaster, kettle, or decoration pieces.
Daily, I fill my kitchen sink at the end of the day with hot water and about 1/2 cup of liquid lemon Lysol. I grab 2 rags, soak them in the hot lysol, squeeze out the excess water and wipe!
Keep a box of cheap tissues near your work space in the kitchen. For small spills and clean-ups, tissues are much cheaper than paper towels, even using several at a time.
The kitchen is a special challenge because of the variety of cleaning needs. Grease can be absorbed while still fresh by throwing a bit of cornstarch or baking soda right on the grease then wiping away when cleaning the rest of the kitchen.
Appliances: To shine chrome, use vinegar or window cleaner.
For cleaning, removing small bits of rust, and protecting kitchen tools and appliances, cooking spray works as well as the more expensive metal cleaners.
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What can I use to catch crumbs and spills between the countertop and stove? I heard oven guards work great, but where can I purchase one from?
I am using the guards and have good luck with them. The only problem I have is that they are shorter than my stove and the counters. They have a magnetic strip that you place next to your stove to keep them in place. I believe I ordered mine from Harriet Carter or one of those type catalogs.
They can be purchased at stores such as Linen and Things, Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc.
Look up Carol Wright Gifts on Google. They often have them for $3.99 a piece
Just saw them In Harriet Carter magazine. You can go to HarrietCarter.com and look there.
I bought mine from Miles Kimball
I just saw some today at Wal-Mart in the kitchen gadgets aisle. I think they were 3 dollars and some change.
I have been using the guards for years and really like them. I get mine at WalMart, they are really reasonable. They used to come in only hard plastic but now also have soft flexible ones. Bought first set years ago and just replaced them with second set.