Here are 5 quick TIPs for the kitchen:
1. Coffee stains in your coffee mug – If you have dark rings in your mug that are still there even after washing, just use a little baking soda! Add just a pinch to your mug and wipe it around the ring. Watch it disappear! Try this with your glass coffee pot too!
2. Cleaning the dried up splatters in your microwave – Place a small bowl (I use a 16 oz pyrex measuring cup) with 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. Set for about 4-5 minutes. Let sit another minute or two, then remove. Wipe down the interior of the microwave with a damp cloth. Should wipe clean easily!
3. Cleaning your dishwasher – First look for trapped food particles near the trap inside and remove. Then place a 2-4 cup glass bowl or measuring up on the top shelf 3/4 full of white vinegar. Run on high or “pots and pans” setting. Should be clean and fresh smelling when done.
4. Kill bacteria in your kitchen sponge – Never leave your sponge saturated with water, always wring it out when finished using it. To sanitize, either place on a microwave safe plate and zap it for about 2 minutes. Make sure the sponge is damp and not dry before sanitizing. Be very careful when removing it as it will be very hot! Another way to sanitize your sponge is by placing it on the top shelf of your dishwasher when you run it.
5. Keeping your garbage disposal odor-free – Pour some baking soda in your disposal, then follow with some white vinegar. Allow to sit at least 5 minutes, then rinse with hot water. Thin lemon slices/peels also work in the disposal as a deodorizer. And while we’re talking about garbage disposals, I’ve been told by a repairman that there are a number of foods that should never go in the disposal, especially if its an older one: onion peels, celery, broccoli, melon rind, corn husks and egg shells.