Cleaning Hacks

Cooking and eating are the important parts of any gathering, and this is also true with cleaning. Cleaning the utensils and appliances used ensures that no food prone to spoilage would be left inside the appliances that could lead to contaminations.

Most cleaning processes are lengthy and follow specific steps. For example, when cleaning the food processor you just used in slicing the ingredients for your main entree, you would need to take the processor apart from the motor base and separate the bowl, lid, pushers, and blades. Then, you would need to submerge the parts (except for the motor base) into warm water with soap and wash using a soft cloth or scrub brush that is non-abrasive. Do not forget to check the nooks because these areas are difficult to get to with just a regular clean. You would also need to double-check the crevices and the chopping blade by using a small brush going inside it. After these, you may rinse and dry the parts before putting them back together.

A similar process is observed when cleaning your blender. After your smoothie delight, pour water in the blender about halfway. If you can, try using hot water because this removes the leftovers better. Next, add a drop of your dishwashing liquid, and put the blender pitcher back on its motor base. Turn on the blender, and let it run for about 10 seconds. The blade may still have some remnants so check this part. Continue running the blender until you’re sure that the blades are clean. Once done, you can pour the water out and rinse the blender one more time before drying it.

On the other hand, a more complicated process is needed when cleaning your oven. Most use detergents when cleaning their ovens, but if you do not like the strong smell these has, then consider cleaning the oven using a baking soda paste, which you can make by mixing 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. With this paste, you can clean your oven without the stench of strong chemicals!

Going back to the oven, remove the racks and anything else inside the oven. Then, spread the paste all over the interior surfaces except the heating elements. The baking soda will turn a brownish color as you rub it in. Allow the coating to sit for at least 12 hours.

Meanwhile, clean the racks. To do this, you should find a shallow bucket that can fit your racks. If you don’t have any, you can use your bathtub (just be sure to cover the tub first with towels to avoid scratching). Then, fill the bucket with very hot water until the oven racks are covered. Once done, pour 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid and dissolve. Leave this for at least 4 hours. If there are still greases after 4 hours, use a non-abrasive scrub brush or sponge to remove these.

Back at the oven again, spray a little vinegar. This will react with the baking soda and gently foam making the cleaning better. Wipe the foams. You may continue wiping to ensure the baking soda residue is gone. To make the oven shiny, add a bit of water to the vinegar. And finally, put the racks back because you’re done!

With these, your food processor, blender, and oven are clean! However, there’s more than meets the eye. While your food processor, blender, and oven appear clean, it’s not right to say that these are already safe because these might be contaminated with a lot of organisms that can cause diseases. Thus, consider disinfecting. Disinfecting kills organisms, such as bacteria, virus, and parasites that the eyes can’t see. There are a lot of disinfectants in the market, and these come in liquids, sprays, or wipes. If you’re not into using chemicals, then try making your own inexpensive disinfectant by mixing a tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach with a gallon of water. Damp some in a clean clothe and wipe your appliances.

Some say that cooking and eating are the best parts of get-togethers; let’s not argue about that, but let’s also agree that there’s something fulfilling knowing the fact that your appliances are squeaky clean after a day of cooking and eating!



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