Unless you enjoy cleaning, household chores are not on top of your list. You may actually put off some of these chores because of the time and effort needed to take care of them. When it comes to kitchen chores, some get more postponed and neglected than others. However, with a few tips, these chores can become easier to tackle.
Soak Your Dishes
Washing dishes is one of the most hated chores. You dread all that scrubbing you need to do to remove food residue or clean a burnt pan. Even if you have a dishwasher, some dishes need your help before loading them, or they may not be dishwasher safe. How can you make this chore less dreadful?
Use Hot Soapy Water
The longer a dirty dish sits before being washed, the harder it will be to clean it. So, once you start cooking, fill your kitchen sink (or a large tub) with hot soapy water.
Once you finish using your prep utensils and dishes, soak them right away. After dinner, do the same with all the dirty dishes. Soaking them for at least 15 minutes will prevent food from sticking, which means you won’t need to scrub, thus, saving you time.
As an alternative, you can soak your pots and pans with these effervescent tablets to remove extremely stubborn food grime. Technically, they were made to clean water bottles, but they also work on dishes made of stainless steel, plastic, glass, porcelain, and silicone. Just soak overnight for best results.
A note to remember is not to soak natural wooden dishware or utensils. It’ll soak up and damage the wood. Also, never leave water sitting on aluminum (non-stainless steel) dishware as that can cause rush or marks that are difficult to remove.
Line Your Oven
Oven cleaning is a chore that is often neglected. Who looks forward to scrubbing spills, grease, burnt-on debris? To minimize the mess, line the base of the oven with foil before using it. The foil will catch any spills or food crumbs. Then simply throw away after use. Using oven liners will drastically reduce your cleaning time.
If you don’t want to waste any foil every time you bake, consider buying a reusable oven liner. After use, you can wipe them down or toss them in the dishwasher.
Use a Mat for Your Refrigerator
Cleaning the refrigerator is another chore that gets put off, perhaps because of how long it takes to remove all the food and then wash and dry the shelves and bins. To save you time, just line the shelves with washable mats and simply wipe them down when they get messy.
If you have a dishwasher, you can save a lot of time by washing the trays, shelves, and bins in it. While most are dishwasher safe, it’s a good idea to check your manufacturer before doing so.
Steam-Clean Your Microwave
While the microwave is an easy way to heat food or even cook, it quickly gets dirty from food splatter and accidental explosions. If not cleaned right away, splattered food will harden and stick to the microwave taking valuable time to clean it. But there’s an easy and fast way to clean the sticky mess.
Pour 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar into a microwave-safe dish or glass. Place it in the center of the microwave and microwave it on high for 5 minutes. Do not open the door for 10 minutes. This will allow the steam it created to loosen stuck-on food. Then simply wipe clean with sponge or dishcloth.
If you rather not use vinegar due to the smell, substitute it with a lemon. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl of a cup of water and let the steam do its wonders. Open the door after 5 to 10 minutes and wipe clean.
While you can’t avoid chores, you can take advantage of helpful tips to make these chores easier. Perhaps you will find that they are not so dreadful after all. Do you need a schedule or reminder of when to care for these chores? Dirtfree can help you. Try it today with a 2-week free trial!