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KITCHEN SPRING CLEANING

My Favorite Tips and Hacks

As we emerge out of the doldrums of winter and the heavy cooking & baking since fall, spring is a great time to refresh the kitchen space. With some straightforward cleaning and maintenance tips, your kitchen and cooking will take on that renewed feeling of the season ahead!

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KEEP THE CLEANERS SIMPLE

Although there are numerous cleaners on the market shelves, most of us are now gravitating towards more familiar and natural items. It's also a bonus if we can do all of the household tidying with less items in our cabinets, and more money in our wallets.

My GO-TO Cleaning items include: Vinegar, Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar, Coarse Salt, Dawn Dish Soap, diluted Ammonia solution, and non abrasive Scrubber Sponges.  

Usually a combination of something lightly acidic or alkaline will get the job done effectively. Add a bit of hot water or steam to the equation, and you are onto success!

Here are some cleaning hacks I enjoy...

Video: Air Fryer Refresh

Video: Cleaning Oven Racks

Article: Martha Stewart's Oven Cleaning Method


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FOR POTS AND PAN

Beyond the everyday washing with dish soap and water, ensuring there are no food particles left behind, sometimes our pots and pans require a little extra care.

Stainless Steel: for pots and pans with a stainless steel interior/exterior, they can develop a darker build up on the inside or outside. To combat the gunk, combine three parts baking soda with one part water to create a paste. Apply paste to the trouble spots and let sit for an hour or more to dry. Then scrub away the brown gunk with a non-abrasive scrubber sponge.


Anodized Aluminum: Apply the same baking soda paste technique for the exterior of hard anodized aluminum (typically the interiors are non stick). For more stubborn stains, I recommend Bar Keeper's friend. 

Cast Iron: for cast-iron cookware, I'm in the camp of never using soap. To lift away stubborn debris, I turn to coarse salt with a touch of neutral vegetable oil. Use a non abrasive scrubber sponge to work off visible build up. Rinse with water and dry immediately. Then apply more oil and heat the pan to reinvigorate the seasoning. 

Video: Baking Soda Paste

Canned Goods

MORE KITCHEN REFRESH IDEAS

In addition to cleaning the surfaces and equipment, it's a great time to maintain key items, and make some space...


  • Sharpen your favorite knives, or find a quality cooking store to do it for you.

  • Apply Mineral Oil to wooden cutting/carving boards and cork based trivets/coaster.

  • Inspect your kitchen towels, and promote the shabby or worn specimens to garage duties.

  • Take stock of dry goods in the pantry, especially spices and opened items well past their prime, and toss.


Finally, it's always a great time to select a few canned items, non perishables, and kitchenware that you rarely use. Gather and make a donation to your local charity. Not only will you be creating some room for a more pleasant cooking experience in your kitchen, but you will be making an impact in someone else's space as well!

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