9 Quick Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Get quick tips for time-saving cleanup on your most-used kitchen tools.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    A Blender Cleaning Secret

    1. Family physician and author Jill Grimes has a great tip to clean the blender. 'After you pour your drink, take the pitcher straight to the sink. Put in a little water and a drop of dish soap, put it back on the blender, and turn it on for 20 seconds. Rinse it out and you’re done.'

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    2 Microwave Cleaning Shortcuts

    2. The quickest way to clean a microwave oven is to place a handful of wet paper towels inside and run it on High for 3-5 minutes. You don't need a science lesson to know that the steam from the towels will soften the grime. Once the paper towels cool down, use them to wipe the oven's interior.

    -- Amazing Home Problem Solver

    3. To deodorize, combine 1 cup of water with ½ cup of lemon juice in a measuring cup or bowl and heat it on high for 3–5 minutes. Let it stand in the microwave for 5–10 minutes before removing.

    -- How to Clean Just About Everything

    A Quick Coffee Pot Tip

    4. The glass jug that comes with a coffeemaker can quickly develop a brown, blotchy haze – especially when you leave it on for long periods of time. For the quickest cure, you will need some ice, salt and a lemon. Fill the empty jug a quarter full of ice. Cut the lemon into quarters and squeeze two of the quarters into the jug. Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Swirl the mixture in the jug for 2 minutes and the inside surface will quickly come clean. Rinse under the tap.

    -- Five Minute Fixes

    Clean a Cast-Iron Pan

    5. Most cooks know that you should never use liquid soap on a cast-iron pan and never scrub it with anything abrasive if you want to maintain its well-oiled nonstick surface. So how do you clean it? Use salt. If the pan will not rinse clean with water and a soft dishcloth, rub it with a few tablespoons of salt and a paper towel, and rinse. Then replenish the oil film by coating the inside surface with a dab of cooking oil.

    -- Five Minute Fixes

    A Coffee Grinder Trick

    6. Run a small handful of uncooked white rice through the coffee grinder, especially if you use it for grinding anything other than coffee beans. Most coffee experts advise against using your machine for grinding dry spices since the smells from grinding ingredients, such as cinnamon sticks and dried basil, are nearly always impossible to get out. -- How to Clean Just About Everything

    Cheese Grater Tip

    7. Keep a clean pastry brush handy for removing every last remnant of grated food left behind in the tiny grates. It works like a charm on both sides of the grater.

    -- How to Clean Just About Everything

    Disinfect the Garbage Disposal

    8. Deep clean and deodorize a waste disposal unit by grinding ice cubes made with half vinegar, half water.

    -- Amazing Home Problem Solver

    Coffee Cup Saver

    9. Remove coffee stains from china cups by scrubbing them with equal parts vinegar and salt.

    -- Amazing Home Problem Solver


    Your Comments

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      These are very helpful kitchen cleaning tips. These practices are indeed effective for cleaning this household area faster. Thanks for sharing. 

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    • http://www.selloryell.co.uk/ george

      These tips are really effective.I have try some of these.Fantastic blog. You’ve made some great points and it’s written really well.

    • Bharat rastogi

      Good tips

    • http://www.purekbb.com Mark

      Wow all the pics are superb.Nice tips you have shared with us.I have try some of these .Its really work.You have done a great job by sharing these tips with us.I like these tips .Keep sharing with us in future too.

    • Rebecca Buchanan

      This “cleaning method” doesn’t work.  While it’s true, you can’t see any residual food on the visible parts of the blender, but the next time you take it apart you can see the food you miss with this method.  To get the blender, blade gasket cleaned thoroughly you must take it apart.

    • Robin

      Another great cleaner are Denture tablets!  Use them in the toilet, coffee pot, coffee mugs, thermos, fill the bathroom sink and plop a couple in, gets the ring around the tub drain, etc.

    • SraEllie

      If you live in a hard-water area, chrome parts of plumbing fixtures probably develop a hard white scum that is almost impossible to remove.  To remove it from the area around the drain, close the drain and pour in enough white vinegar to cover the scum.  Let it sit 5-10 minutes and wipe it clean.  For similar stains on faucets, soak a cloth or paper towel in white vinegar and wrap it around the faucet.  After a few minutes, scrub it with the cloth, and it will come clean.   To remove buildup in a shower head, put a cup or two of white vinegar in a plastic bag and put it over the shower head so that it is covered by the vinegar.  After 10 minutes, remove the bag and run hot water through it for a minute or so.  To remove soap scum from showers, etc., put vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it onto the scum.  If the scum isn’t completely gone, scrub it with a baking soda paste and then spray it with vinegar again before you clean off the paste.  The resulting chemical reaction will leave it clean and shining.

    • Umer Rehman

      Nice tips.

    • Umer Rehman

      Nice tips.