I am LOVING these Life Hacks for the kitchen that Ray is sharing with all of us today! I tried a couple of them this week, and they really work!
After surveying, in total, over 800 people, I think I have now managed to collate all the kitchen tips that are possibly out there! Some were really interesting and some were outright bizarre. Anyway, have a read of the tips below and you decide.
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Clean as you go along
This was by far the most popular kitchen tip. As basic as it sounds there are many different elements to cleaning as you go and the most popular tips that I came across are listed below.
- Just finished cooking bacon or sausages in a pan and the fat has really stuck to the bottom? Place some kitchen towels on your work surface, then place the contents from the frying pan on the kitchen towel to drain off and drain the fat out of the frying pan. Place a pint of water on the frying pan and put it back on the hob for a minutes whilst you prep the meal. You can quickly use a plastic spatula or something similar and stir the frying pan to ensure that nothing is stuck to the pan.
- Pour old flat cola in your sink to clean the drain and to help clear any blockages. If you are going to try this then take a leaf out of Peter Kay’s book and use Rola Cola, as it’s cheaper!
- When cooking a family lunch and you know you’ll be using every pot and pan in the house, (this seems to only effect the male of the species) fill you sink with really hot water and place items that you intend to wash later straight into the sink after you have finished with them. This helps them to soak and makes cleaning a whole lot easier later. This works really well with cooking utensils like knives and forks.
- Did you know you can get water out of a tap without even turning it on? Place a cloth or bit of kitchen towel in one hand and just dab it under the spout of the tap. The water that is trapped in the stem of the tap will be forced out as you start to dab the underneath of it. This is very handy if your hands are full and you want to wipe up a spill and just need a little water to do so. I prefer to use kitchen towel to wipe up any mess. I find cloths to be absolutely disgusting as they are full of germs, which you wipe back onto a clean surface. It’s a bit like blowing your nose with the same hanky for a month, its gross!
- Stainless steel looking a bit drab? Well, there is an easy solution and if you have a baby then you have what you need already! Baby oil. It sounds a bit bizarre but place a little baby oil on the stainless steel appliance, run it in then leave it for a minutes then wipe off with a clean dry cloth to get a brilliant shine that makes it look brand new! Some people even say that WD40 or sewing machine oil is even better.
- Have some newspapers laying around? Put some newspaper on the top of all cupboards so that any dirt and grease are caught and absorbed by the paper. Instead of cleaning just change the newspaper. Happy days!
- Want a kitchen floor that shines as good as your baby oiled stainless steel? Simply dissolve a dishwasher tablet in bucket of water and use it to mop your floor. It’s great at cleaning and floor dries quickly too.
- Don’t waste hours of your life scrubbing an oven. Buy a silicone oven liner to catch all the spills at the bottom and keep your oven clean when baking pastries or cooking a Sunday roast. There is no need to grease the liners as they do not stick.
- If the inside of your fridge has seen better days then use some bicarbonate of soda to clean it. It not only cleans but deodorizes too.
- To remove dried on splashes inside your microwave, just fill a bowl with water add a dash of washing up liquid and microwave for a few minutes and leave. All the steam produced will soften the dried bits to make it easy to wipe clean!
- Have your kitchen wall units reach flush with the ceiling, it saves a lot of greasy messy from building up and you never have to clean the tops of your Kitchen units again as you won’t have any!
Other weird cleaning tips
Here are some tips that I collated from the survey that made me wonder if they actually worked or not or if someone was pulling my leg? See what you think!
- If you have burnt on food on a pan etc, place some chopped onion in and then pour in some boiling water and leave 5 minutes and then clean.
- Boil Rhubarb leaves to make Oxalic Acid. You can then use the liquid to make the ultimate free cleaning solution.
- If you put a ball of spare tinfoil inside an onion or fruit net then it makes a great scourer for pots and pans and even work surfaces.
- To get rid of the smell of onions and garlic from you hands after you have been chopping them, simply wet your fingers and hands and then rub them on some stainless steel. You can use the kitchen sink but a cold kettle or a kitchen implement such as a ladle will do. Hum, be careful with this tip as if you used the baby oil tip above then you will put finger prints all over your clean stainless steel appliances!
Well there you have it. A selection of kitchens tips that should improve your efficiency in the kitchen!
Have you ever tried any of these? Which is your favorite?
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