Showing posts with label Cleaning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cleaning. Show all posts

How To Clean Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

Friday, February 8, 2013

I have a great stainless steel set of Cuisinart pots and pans. I love them, and have been using them for over three years. However, over time some pots and pans tend to get stains on the bottom. For example, my favourite small pot I use religiously is the same one I boil my water for tea, make my mashed potatoes in, and warm up any left over soup in. Over time, it takes a toll and my pot looks like this. Even after scrubbing with dish soap, nothing works (you can tell how much I was scrubbing by the lines on the bottom).

So this is the method that I have found works well, passed on from my parents, and is very easy to do. It will turn your pots into shining sensations again!

The first thing you need is dish washing powder detergent or another powdered cleaner. I don't have a dish washer, so I use my comet cleaner.

Sprinkle some of the cleaner (or powdered detergent) on the bottom of the pot.

Pour in some water (about 1/4 of a cup). Just enough to cover the bottom and if possible any sides of the pot.

Now, boil this for a few minutes (about 5). Just to allow the solution to cut through the stains. It might start bubbling and rising, sort of like milk. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't spill over.

Take it off the stove, and wipe with a sponge the stains. This should be easy to do, no scrubbing needed. If you find yourself needing to scrub hard, sprinkle more of the cleaner on, pour a bit more water, and allow it to boil for a little bit longer.

And there you have it! Clean and shiny pots in less than 10 minutes :)

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Cleaning out the Fridge

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Now that the holidays are over and all the left-overs, sweets and such are done, I felt there was a need to look through my fridge, clean it out and reorganize it to the way it used to be. I love cleaning out my fridge often, but I tend to do a thorough wipe down of the fridge every couple months which takes me about 30 minutes to do. Since our fridge was full of stuff for about a month during the holiday season, I thought this time would be perfect to clean out the fridge and start from "fresh". And allow for more space for healthier foods like fruits and veggies.

In order to clean off any spills and crumbs on the shelves, I removed everything from the shelves. I work with one shelf at a time.

I then collect all the crumbs and wipe with just warm water.

Once the crumbs are collected I wipe down each shelf with warm soapy water. I use about 3 cups warm water with a drop of dish soap.

Wipe off the soapy water and you are left with a clean shelf! Nice!

Do the same with the other remaining two shelves.

I have three clear drawers that I keep my meats, fruits and veggies in. As you can see they had some yucky brown goop splattered in one drawer, probably from some veggies that stayed in the drawers for longer than they should.

A nice soak in some hot soapy water does the trick to remove and clean it all.

Clean shelf and clean drawer!

I make sure to wipe down the bottom of the fridge as well, under where the drawers are. See all the crumbs and gunk that found its way to the bottom?

And this is what an organized and clean fridge looks like after a good scrubbing and some throwing away of the food we will not eat. I love having a clean fridge. I tend to forget certain things we buy, and end up finding it way after it's expiration date. A clean out of the fridge about once a month helps me see what we have, what we won't eat, and what we can throw away.

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