No Nonsense Mommy Tips: Cleaning hacks from the kitchen
Our kitchen’s got many very effective, safe, and cost efficient cleaners. Here are some of my favorites:
Cut Grease with Flour
Sometimes, our pans and plates are left with a greasy film no matter how much you scrub. Or, it could be an expensive and delicate pan (hello Le Creuset!) that you don’t want to scrub too hard. Simply sprinkle flour and scrape it off. Ta-dah! Yes, it’s really that easy. Stale flour works just as well.
Zap funky air with Vinegar
Did you cook something that made your whole house stink? Or did you leave for a long holiday and the air smells musty when you came back? Close the windows and doors. Boil a bottle of cheap, distilled white vinegar in an open pot. Open your ventilation after a couple of hours. Unlike air fresheners that just mask scents, vinegar actually breaks down scent molecules.
Boost Laundry detergent with Baking Soda
Good news for sensitive skin. Adding ½ cup of baking soda in top loading washing machine (1/4 cup to front loaders) softens water, so you can actually use less detergent. It also increases the potency of bleach, so you need only half the usual amount.
Zap germs with microwave
Disinfect your sponges and washcloths easily. Pop wet sponges in the microwave high setting. Make sure it has NO metal parts. Two minutes is enough to kill most disease-causing germs, including e-coli. Four minutes, none of the bacterial spores survived. Mmm, just imagining the germ genocide makes me feel so good.
No-Nonsense Mommy Tips columnist Carol Ong touches everyday parenting dilemmas that we all face. She has previously written about mosquito bites, tooth-brushing, moisturizing, first aid kits and several other topics, which you can also find in her Bebebalm page.