The worst part about cooking is often cleaning afterwards. However, here are some of my favorite kitchen cleaning hacks that have helped save me time and frustration over the years. Hopefully, they will simplify your life to make those days of extra scrubbing a thing of the past.
Can openers can be nasty to clean trying to get that accumulated gunk without washing it with dishes as usual, especially the manual type. Something that I found helpful is getting a clean toothbrush in there to loosen that grime just for this purpose. Afterwards, I just wash this toothbrush and save in a clean peanut butter jar until next time.
Another of my favorite kitchen cleaning hacks for an electric can opener is to take a clean paper towel through as would to open a can will clean the blades.
Tea is my second favorite hot beverage. Instead of trying to brew it in my coffee maker, I prefer using my whistling tea kettle. Inside this kettle can be tricky to clean. Yet, another of my favorite kitchen cleaning hacks is to pour an equal amount of white vinegar and water into it before taking it to the stove. As soon as it starts to boil, turn it off and let the mixture remain in the tea kettle overnight. You’ll notice this trick will help get rid of those lingering lime deposits.
Something that is really time consuming is cleaning food that burned in a casserole dish. You could soak it overnight, but a faster way to solve this problem is to fill that casserole dish with boiling water and three tablespoons of baking soda or salt. This really helps loosen up that mess much easier.
Try rubbing some salad oil over on the teeth of your metal hand grater before taking cheese or vegetables to it. Afterwards, all I do is to take that reserved kitchen toothbrush to clean the grater before washing it.
Fruit pies can occasionally leak the juice in your oven. I lay a sheet of aluminum foil at the bottom, but sometimes forget. If this happens to you, try shaking some salt over the spills. The salt and the oven heat harden the spill for easier removal with your dish cloth or spatula.
What I shared are just a few of my favorite kitchen cleaning hacks that have worked for me to get out of the kitchen sooner. With any luck, they will also help you just as much.