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I don't know about you, but around here we spend the weeks after Christmas cleaning and getting our house back in order. To be honest, I start taking down Christmas decorations as soon as the last present is opened. I have a hard time dealing with pine needles and messes of all kinds. As much as I love decorating for Christmas by the time the celebration is over I can't wait to get my house back to normal!
After the holidays the room in our house that needs the biggest deep clean is always the kitchen. We are a family of six, so our kitchen sees a lot of action on the daily, but after the holidays... yikes. My kitchen looks like the soundstage and my appliances look like props from The Walking Dead. If you have no idea what I'm talking about you're missing out (on the show, not the mess).
When it's time to whip my kitchen back into shape I used the tried and true kitchen hacks from Grandma. Grandmas are great, aren't they? They teach us so many things, and when it comes to cleaning, they know a lot. Here are some of my favorite post-holiday cleaning hacks! Thanks, grandma!
Kitchen Cleaning Hacks From Grandma:
How To Clean A Coffee Maker: To clean your old school coffee maker you only need two things; water and vinegar. My grandma loved vinegar for cleaning and for good reason. Vinegar is a tough cleaner, and today we appreciate it for its gentle effectiveness.
Start by filling your coffee pot with 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar then run it through your coffee maker. It's gonna be a bit smelly, but it won't last long. Once you've run that mixture through you can run clean water through until you no longer smell the vinegar. I usually run about three cycles.
How To Clean Cutting Boards & The Bottom Of Copper Pots: As much as I love this hack now, I have to admit that I HATED this hack as a child. I thought it was cool the first time my mom showed me, but after that, I was over it.
When cleaning both cutting boards and the bottom of copper pots you're going to need two main ingredients; a lemon and salt. If you have any cuts on your hands, you're going to want to wear gloves, if not prepare to feel the burn!
For both projects, I start by going over the surface with the lemon first. Then I liberally cover my surface with salt. Using the lemon scrub the cutting board or copper pot. After scrubbing you should have a good lemony salt scrub on the pot/board let it sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse the mixture off and wash in warm soapy water.
Cutting boards will be cleaner, and copper pots will have a newly restored shine!
How To Clean A Toaster:
Toasters usually get pretty grimy on the outside because they are grease magnets. They also quickly fill up with crumbs, and if you make a lot of bagels and toast around the holidays your toaster probably needs a deep clean come January! If you read Holiday Cleaning Hacks I Can't Live Without you probably already know where I'm going with this one.
The easiest way to clean a toaster is first to unplug it (sorry, I have to say that) then vacuum it out using an attachment that is skinny enough to get inside, just be careful not to damage the springs by pushing down too hard. When it comes to cleaning the outside, this one is a tip from Grandma even though she never had this excellent dish cloth!
"Always use the right tool for the job."
Yep, that's what my grandma would say about cleaning everything, and she was right. Every job is easier if you have the right tools and for cutting through grease and grime on this toaster, I LOVE the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth!
How To Clean Your Countertops Then Disinfect For Cold & Flu Season:
Start by giving your counters a good scrub with warm soapy water. Next spray counters with white vinegar then immediately spray with peroxide. Do not wipe away instead let counters air dry.
You can add both peroxide and white vinegar to separate spray bottles but make sure you are using a dark bottle for the peroxide because light, will cause it to break down and it will be useless for disinfecting.
My grandma would have loved that the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth gives you non-scratch scrubbing power with the wiping and drying functions of a dish cloth! She was all about having the best and right tools for every job. She taught me that every job worth doing is worth doing right and that your work shouldn't take forever because you need time to watch your "stories" each day! 😉
I purchased these at Kroger right after the holidays and had no idea how useful they would be! I knew I liked the idea of scrubbing dots on the one side of the dish cloth allow you to take on tough messes in the sink and other areas but I didn't know if they would work. I was shocked by how easily they cut the grime on my toaster and how quickly I can scrub pots and pans now.
If you're looking for some new cleaning tools to add to your arsenal be sure to look for the In-Store Clip Strip Offer for $1.50 off 2-pack promo starting in January in Kroger stores! These are available in Navy, Gray, Tan, and Mint! I want to run back to the store and grab the mint and gray while they still have coupons.
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