Top 5: Kitchen Quickies

December 4, 2012

Here are five quick tips for keeping your kitchen running efficiently.

1. Extras for the Can

Have you ever asked your family's trash-taker-outer to empty all the trash cans in the house only to find that they never put in a new bag? Eliminate the excuse of not knowing where you keep the trash bags by keeping two or three extra bags in the bottom of your trash can. When a full bag is removed, they are conveniently located where they can be replaced immediately. Keeping bags ready will save you time, and maybe help your family's trash-taker-outer finish the job.

2. Don't Distress Over Dishes

Keeping up with the dishes during preparation and rinsing them immediately after eating will save you time and stress later. I usually rinse utensils, mixing bowls, etc. and put them in the dishwasher to make room for serving dinner from the counter. Unless we are having company, the serving dishes are on the counter, from which we plate our food before sitting at the table. Once we finish eating, I tackle that casserole dish with baked-on food before it dries using a small, square plastic scraper (the Pampered Chef scrapers work very well). You can save time and effort by getting it done when dinner's done.

3. Cup of the Day

Every morning while sitting at the breakfast table, I remind my kids that the cup they are using will be their cup for the day. What this means is that once breakfast is over, we rinse the cups and set them within easy reach on the counter. Later in the day, when they want a drink, they use the same cup. This prevents unnecessary dirty dishes -- saving time, water, and money.

4. Vinegar Bling & Clean

Dishwasher detergent can sometimes leave glasses a little cloudy. I have replaced my rinse aid with vinegar, which is much less expensive by volume. Not only will vinegar "bring some bling" to your dishes by leaving them shiny, it will also clean your dishwasher. A well-cleaned dishwasher will give you well-cleaned dishes, making them last longer. Save money on rinse aid, as well as save money keeping your dishes and dishwasher in tip-top shape!

5. Nuke and Wipe

The inside of a microwave can be a nasty place, especially if your family members don't cover their food while heating it. Here is a great, simple way to keep it clean. Boil some water, adding a touch of vanilla or other extract, then heat for one to two minutes. Keep the microwave closed for another couple of minutes to allow the water to condensate. Once you see the condensation on the viewing window, open the door and wipe it clean. Not only will you have a clean microwave, you will also have a pleasant scent in your kitchen.

Thanks for following Practips!

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  1. Thank you!
    I appreciate these great tips. They really do eliminate lots of fretting and cost!

  2. Thanks. Have used all of the above except vinegar in the dishwasher rinse aid compartment. What a great idea.

    1. Hope it works great for you! Thanks for your comment. :)


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