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Jun 7, 2010

One of the things in the kitchen that we all want to put off cleaning: THE REFRIGERATOR!!  However,  I've learned that putting it off only makes it longer and more dreadful to clean when you do get to it. I know cleaning the refrigerator is a pain, but if you keep at it, it really doesn't take that long. 

I go to the grocery store every two weeks, so I find that's a good time to clean it out. If that doesn't work for you, then try and do it at least once a month...that's only twelve times a year! Another good time to clean it out is when I'm going to be in the kitchen cooking or baking for a couple of hours. While I wait on cookies, I'll clean it out.

I begin by going shelf by shelf. I take out and throw out. Then I clean each shelf with a damp cloth.  I then start putting the items back in the refrigerator. Next come the doors. I know the refrigerator door is the worst part, but it's amazing how many things on the door can be outdated - I tend to forget about them. Take a second to look for expired items and throw away. Then wipe the doors clean. As far as the freezer goes I like to quickly organize it and wipe it down when I'm putting new items in it. I think things like to hide at the back of the freezer!  I like to keep an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to keep oders from creeping in.  One box will last about 3 months. 

Did you know?: cleaning out the coils underneath your refrigerator can actually save electricity?  Click HERE for a video on how to vacuum and brush your refrigerator coils. 

Quick TIP: I clean the top of the outside of my fridge once a week, but if you don't, when you clean out the fridge, wash off the top--it's amazing how dirty and dusty it gets up there!

BLESSING: Be thankful for self-defrosting!

Posted by Kim on Jun 7 10 | Comments (5)
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May 20, 2010

In this family we LOVE coffee. My husband and I don't leave the house in the morning without our mugs of coffee in hand. Therefore, the coffee pot gets used quite frequently. I find that the best way to clean the coffee pot is to use 1 parts white vinegar to 2 parts water. Put a filter in the pot as normal and run the vinegar/water solution through the pot. My coffee pot happens to have a "clean" cycle, but if yours doesn't just brew as normal. If the pot hasn't been cleaned in awhile do this process at least twice. Then run a full pot of water through the pot at least twice to clean the vinegar out of the pot!

Posted by Tami on May 20 10 | Comments (0)
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Need a few ideas on how to save time later in the kitchen and actually have a few minutes to just sit down and relax before hitting the hay? Here are few things you can do in the kitchen to keep up with things:

1. Do as many dishes as you can while dinner is cooking. Take a few seconds and wash any pots, pans or spoons that are not being used before dinner even starts and put them awayy. This creates less work after dinner.

2. Same thing goes for wiping down the counters. I always try and give them a good wipe before sitting down to eat.

3. Do all of the dishes after each meal so that they don't pile up. This one might seem simplistic, but it makes a huge difference. Growing up we didn't have a dishwasher! Well, except for my brother and I. I figure that if I didn't go to bed with a pile of dishes in the sink when there was NO dishwasher, I can certainly do the same WITH a dishwasher.. Yes folks, my mom still does not have a dishwasher!

4. Make it a family effort. We have our 16 month old helping already! If your kids are older you can make it contest and try to beat your best "time" for cleaning up the kitchen.

3. Wipe off the table and the counters as you are picking up dishes. I LOVE CLOROX wipes!!



Posted by Tami on May 12 10 | Comments (0)
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