How To Clean and Disinfect Granite Countertops
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Here's how you can make your own disinfectant and clean your granite countertops without buying a single thing.
Mar 27, 2020
Here’s Why Your Glasses Get Cloudy (and How to Fix It)Recipes
If you’ve ever started to unload your dishwasher and pulled out a glass that has a milky film, you know how frustrating it is. That glass is supposed to come out sparkling and clear! Not cloudy! Here’s why that happens and, more importantly, how to fix it. The most likely culprit for cloudy glassware is hard water, which wreaks havoc on your glassware in two ways: First, the minerals in hard water can leave behind a cloudy residue.
Apr 22, 2019
How To Clean a Microwave with VinegarRecipes
Here’s a scenario: You go to nuke your lukewarm coffee, which you forgot about while you were walking the dog/making the kids’ lunch/scrolling on Instagram. You open your microwave door and — eek! — it’s a hot mess in there. There are grease splatters, dried tomato sauce blobs, and you’re not even sure what else. You want a clean microwave, but you also want hot coffee. The good news: You can have your microwave clean itself while you enjoy your morning treat!
Apr 18, 2019
How To Clean and Disinfect a Stainless Steel SinkRecipes
Here’s the thing about your stainless steel sink: It doesn’t seem like the kind of place bacteria would like to grow in (especially if you’re cleaning it with soap and water on a regular basis). But bacteria is sneaky and can grow pretty much anywhere. Which is why it’s a good idea to disinfect your sink every once in a while. Here’s how to do it. In this How To, we recommend using bleach to disinfect your sink.
Apr 9, 2019
C868彩票:How To Clean a Glass StovetopRecipes
Zero elbow grease required.
Apr 5, 2019
How To Clean a Greasy Tiled Backsplash and GroutRecipes
Do you have subway tiles in your kitchen? Or maybe you went for something a bit bolder? Either way, those tiles need cleaning! How to do it depends on just how long it’s been since you gave them a good once-over — and how often you make a big, greasy mess in your kitchen. Here, we’ve got step-by-step cleaning instructions for even the greasiest backsplash and grout. Many, many things in your kitchen can be cleaned with soap, water, and a sponge that has some texture to it.
Mar 21, 2019
How To Clean a Garbage DisposalRecipes
Does your garbage disposal stink? Can you remember the last time you cleaned it? If the answers are yes and no, congratulations — you’ve clicked on the right story. Don’t worry, this is a judgment-free zone and we’re here to help. Here’s how to get that garbage disposal squeaky-clean and odor-free. Here’s the thing about garbage disposals: You put yucky, smelly food down them, so they’re going to stink if you don’t clean them on a regular basis.
Mar 15, 2019
How To Repair Scratched Dinner PlatesRecipes
Whether you splurged on (or registered for) fancy-pants dinnerware or you love your cheap-chic IKEA plates, scratches show up on the best (and the worst) of dishes. But don’t despair! It’s shockingly simple to buff your plates to look brand new again. The magical solution? Well, it’s a pantry ingredient you probably already have. We’re talking about cream of tartar! You might know it as a stabilizing agent used when whipping egg whites.
Feb 26, 2019
How To Clean a Wooden Knife BlockRecipes
Here’s the thing about knife blocks: We don’t really recommend them. They can dull the blades of your knives as you drag them in and out of their holders, they’re often sold as an expensive set with knives that you really don’t need, and they can harbor some serious mold (and maybe even bacteria) in those dark, hard-to-reach slots.
Jan 29, 2019
How To Clean an Air Fryer, the Easy WayRecipes
Okay, so you got an air fryer and, surprise! You actually love it! But, um, is that a dried-up sweet potato fry at the bottom of the fryer basket? Or maybe it’s chicken skin? Yeah, you’re going to want to clean your air fryer to make sure that your next batch of onion rings doesn’t come with a side of something else. Or worse, that food residue doesn’t end up somewhere it shouldn’t and cause problems for your fancy (and spendy) appliance.
Jan 7, 2019
How To Clean a Casserole Dish with Burnt-On FoodsRecipes
Whether I’m making an actual casserole or a lasagna, or just baking chicken, this time of year my casserole dishes are in heavy rotation. They usually clean up pretty well, but if I’ve overcooked something or I let something sit too long, they can get stubborn stains or crud that’s hard to remove.
Nov 15, 2018
How To Properly Wipe Down Your Germy Appliance HandlesRecipes
As busy as they are, kitchens are just about the germiest places in our homes — especially all those handles. You touch food, you open the oven. Your kids come in after touching who-knows-what and head straight to the fridge (or maybe it’s just mine?). With all that touching comes the risk of cross-contamination of foodborne illnesses and the spread of germs (flu season is coming!). But the reality is, many of us don’t think about cleaning our appliance handles.
Oct 29, 2018
How To Make Your Own Dish SoapRecipes
Whether you’re trying to save money, cut down on the chemicals in your home, or are trying to hold off on a trip to the grocery store, making your own dish soap can be a solution. It’s really not hard — there are just a few key things you need to know (if you want the best results, that is). So recently, I set out to find the best recipe for an easy, effective DIY dish soap.
Sep 19, 2018
C868彩票:How To Clean Reusable StrawsRecipes
It’s funny — I thought when my kids stopped drinking out of bottles that I was done with that phase of cleaning all sorts of bits and bobs associated with their drinkware. Alas, they went into straw cups next, then to insulated water bottles that they, to this day, carry with them to school or daycare every day. And then we all realized just how terrible those plastic straws you get at restaurants are for the environment. All of that’s to say: I clean a lot of straws.
Aug 29, 2018
C868彩票:How To Clean a Nonstick PanRecipes
I’ve had this one little Calphalon nonstick pan since college. In those early days, it was the perfect size for toasting garlic in olive oil to eat over spaghetti, my favorite budget meal. Now, I’m more likely to use it in the morning to fry an egg for one of my kids. And after more than a decade of use, it’s still mostly nonstick, although I can see some signs of wear — a few scratches from the occasional metal-edged utensil (whoops!
Aug 8, 2018
How To Make Your Own Fruit and Veggie WashRecipes
While it’s tempting to eat fresh produce straight out of the grocery bag, please don’t! Commercial produce sanitation is up to speed, but most of our own produce-handling practices are not: That piece of fruit has likely been touched by many hands before it got into your cart — unwashed hands, like those of my young children. For that, I apologize (and suggest you wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them).
May 29, 2018
How To Clean a KitchenAid Pasta AttachmentRecipes
Making your own pasta might be one of the most rewarding things you can DIY instead of buy. My sister and her husband do it, and man — there is a difference between what they make and what I bring home in a box from the store! But if you have a KitchenAid pasta attachment, you know how important it is to keep it clean. And that you’re definitely not supposed to soak the attachment in water or run it through the dishwasher!
May 11, 2018
How To Clean a Reusable Water BottleRecipes
You don't have to clean them all that often. But they do need a thorough washing periodically. Here's how to do it.
Apr 29, 2018
C868彩票:How To Clean a Brita PitcherRecipes
You’d think your Brita pitcher wouldn’t get dirty because all it does it hold nice, clean water in the bacteria-averse environment of the refrigerator. But like anything else that’s constantly exposed to water and frequently exposed to manhandling, it gets dirty. The one I just pulled out of my fridge has some smudges on the exterior — nothing egregious — and (ack) mildew inside the lid opening.
Apr 14, 2018
How To Clean One of Those Anti-Fatigue Kitchen MatsRecipes
Whether you’re a professional chef in a restaurant or a home cook who spends hours prepping, cooking, and cleaning, a kitchen mat can be a godsend to keep your body from feeling the aches and pains associated with standing for hours. But as you can imagine, kitchen mats get filthy! Spills from food, dishwater, and heavy traffic can quickly mar the surface.
Mar 23, 2018
C868彩票:How To Clean a Pizza StoneRecipes
If you love artisanal pizza, you’ve probably invested in a pizza stone by now. These specialized cooking tools heat evenly in order to deliver the just-right baking temperature for pizza dough, and they have a porous surface that draws out moisture from the dough as it bakes, so you can get a crispier crust than you would with a traditional baking sheet. A pizza stone is a great tool — you just have to be a little careful with how you clean it.
Mar 22, 2018
C868彩票:How To Clean Hardwood FloorsPeople
This recipe makes use of a gentle DIY cleaner and the scrubbing power of microfiber to lift debris and get your hardwood floors all cleaned up.
Mar 16, 2018
How To Clean Porcelain and Ceramic Tile FloorsRecipes
It's easy to neglect tile, which means they're probably pretty dirty by the end of the week.
Mar 11, 2018
How To Get Scorch Marks Off the Outside of Your Dutch OvenRecipes
The outside of our Dutch ovens can take a beating. That’s where food goes when it bubbles over or splatters — and then it bakes on hard. And let’s say you accidentally left your Le Creuset on the stove a little too long (who, you?) and now there are brown scorch marks on the bottom and/or side. Ugh, don’t worry — you haven’t ruined a $300 piece of cookware. You just need to be gentle (no steel wool!) and grab the baking soda.
Mar 2, 2018
How To Clean Your Enameled Cast Iron Dutch OvenKitchen
Scrub too vigorously and you can scratch or chip the precious enamel coating. Work too gently and you'll leave behind stains or burnt-on bits.
Mar 1, 2018
How To Rescue Your Favorite Cookbook from Spills and StainsRecipes
Some cooks like to keep their cookbooks pristine. Others consider those blotched, wrinkled pages an homage to all the wonderful meals they’ve enjoyed. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, there are a few practical reasons you’d want to minimize food spills on your cookbooks.
Feb 16, 2018
Everything You Need to Know About Hanging (and Organizing) a Kitchen PegboardRecipes
Back in March, we went a little pegboard crazy. And we still find it totally justifiable. The kitchen pegboard is one of the most underrated, highly versatile ways to organize. Think about it: You don’t need a ton of space, or any real carpentry skills, or a ton of money. You just have to hang the board wherever you have a blank wall and then you can store whatever needs a home. You can even rearrange and repurpose the board as your needs change. Hooked? We thought so.
Dec 19, 2017
C868彩票:How To Clean Any Coffee MakerRecipes
When you’re sleepy and under-caffeinated, the last thing you probably care about is how clean your device happens to be. (At the very least, it’s not the single most important thing you’re thinking about.) You just want coffee — or tea! — and you want it five minutes ago! You’d drink out of a shoe if you had to. Once you’re caffeinated and feeling better, that’s the time to clean your coffee maker.
Dec 19, 2017
C868彩票:How To Clean a ChemexPeople
Coffee aficionados love a Chemex for brewing for a group. It makes exquisite coffee and looks design-y, to boot! While I’ll admit I don’t have one myself (we keep a Moka pot and a French press at home), it’s on my aspirational list. For when I grow up. My concern with the Chemex is that it can be tricky to clean. The cool beaker-like design is great to look at, but it can be hard to access the inner workings to scrub them.
Dec 14, 2017
How To Deodorize Your Carpet Naturally with Baking SodaRecipes
Whether you have wall-to-wall carpeting or just a few area rugs, your carpets take a beating over time. You walk on them daily, spill on them, and vacuum them less often than you probably should. Plus, more than other surfaces in your house, like your walls or floors, carpets are porous. They’re made of fibers, with lots of nooks and crannies between the weaves or pile, meaning there are lots of spots to absorb odors.
Dec 12, 2017
How To Get Sticky Cooking Grease Off CupboardsRecipes
While we tend to clean up grease splatters on and around the stovetop as they happen (paper towels work best to absorb the grease), the real problem is the fine layer of grime that builds up little by little on our kitchen cupboards until the day we look at them and go, “I thought my cabinets were white?” Fortunately, cleaning grease off of cupboards is not particularly tricky — it just requires some elbow grease if you haven’t done it in a while.
Dec 7, 2017
C868彩票:How To Clean a Bundt PanRecipes
I’ve gotta say, I love a Bundt pan. My mom has a star-shaped one that she’s had for at least 30 years — a holdover from a few years we spent overseas when my dad was in the Air Force — and she almost exclusively uses it to make flan for dinner parties. If you’re someone who’s into baking shaped desserts, Bundt pans are an awesome solution for whipping out that statement-making cake for a party.
Dec 4, 2017
How To Get Rid of Burnt Cookie SmellsC868彩票:Plan & Prep
Every year, my husband and I throw a cookie party over the holidays. It’s actually a long-standing family tradition — my sister and I used to do it together, when we lived at home, and now do it separately in our own homes. Typically, I take off the day before the big event and spend hours baking (my sister prefers to do her baking in batches and freeze the cookies).
Nov 30, 2017
C868彩票:How To Clean a Moka PotPeople
My favorite thing about going home to visit my parents: Every morning, my dad makes lattes for everyone. This ritual started almost 20 years ago, when they were visiting friends in Switzerland who only drank espresso drinks. They fell in love with the latte, and over the years my parents have acquired five different moka pots, all different sizes, for different-sized groups. Now that they’re retired, my dad makes lattes for himself and my mom to savor every morning.
Nov 29, 2017
How To Clean Food Spills from Car UpholsteryRecipes
Whether you’ve got a leaky container or something spilled while you were making a sharp turn, spills are often part of the deal when you’re transporting your Thanksgiving contribution. If you’re lucky the item that spilled is something dry (like a basket of biscuits), but more likely we’re talking about cranberry sauce or gravy, tricky spills that are hard to pull up and can permanently stain your upholstery if you don’t act fast!
Nov 20, 2017
C868彩票:How To Clean a Can OpenerRecipes
Add handheld can openers to the list of things in my kitchen that I didn’t even know were dirty until I set out to learn how to clean them (other line items on the list: my sponge and my sink). I just grabbed it out of the drawer to see if it was dirty, and sure enough, I found the gears all gunked up and flaked with rust. Gross. But I am happy to report that it can be cleaned — it’s easy and super-satisfying, too!
Nov 8, 2017
How To Clean an Electric KettleRecipes
These days a lot of my friends are off coffee — or at the very least, they sneak in that one espresso in the morning and then it’s all about tea for the rest of the day. And while I grew up boiling water for tea in a measuring cup in the microwave (don’t judge!), I know that a far superior way to do it is to use an electric tea kettle. It’s amazing how quick they can be!
Sep 21, 2017
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