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How to Keep your Stovetop Clean

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

We all do it. Momentarily look away while cooking only to glance back just in time to see an avalanche of food overflowing onto the hot stovetop. What a mess! And of course the food is instantaneously baked on to the surface of the stove becoming this impossible mess to clean up. Even if you immediately remove the overflowing pot or pan, you will still have to wait for the spill to cool down before you can clean it up. Leaving you with a baked on mess to try and clean.

Most cleaners will work on fresh spills. You may even find one that will remove most of the baked on mess around the burners, but you will have to do a substantial amount of scrubbing to remove the entire mess. Too much scrubbing and you run the risk of ruining the surface of your stove. So what can you do? Will you ever have clean burners ever again? Try this simple solution and it will work wonders on this mess.

First, make sure the stovetop is cool to the touch and remove all the burner covers and drip plates from your stovetop. Remove the heating elements if at all possible in order to have clear access to the stained surface.

In a small bowl, mix baking soda with just enough hydrogen peroxide to make enough paste to clean around all the burners. Please use gloves if you have sensitive skin, because the hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on your skin. Apply the paste directly to the stained areas around the burners with a sponge. Gently work the paste into the cracks around the burners with an old toothbrush. Let this mixture sit for a few minutes. Remove the paste by wiping it with a clean sponge soaked in hot water. You should see the baked on mess easily coming right off along with the mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Use the same mixture to clean the grates and burner covers if they are also a mess.

Keeping the stovetop clean is virtually impossible if you are cooking every day. With a little bit of time and not a lot of work, you can mix up this easy home remedy to keep your stove top looking like new.

Cleaning and maintenance of the refrigerator

Friday, June 19th, 2009

How to clean a fridge

How to clean a fridge

The fridge became the “first-aid” appliance and it is integral part of the kitchen. If we want it to work properly, we need to defrost and clean it at least twice a year. It is not only ice removal ( new fridges have self-defrosting system) but mostly to get rid of unpleasant smells, dirt and all bacteria. Check the condition of your refrigerator. If you think that it is time to clean it, follow the instruction listed below or hire the professional Chicago maid service who could save your valuable time.

We definitely start with unplugging the fridge. Then we need to remove all products, drawers, shelves and leave the door wide open. Products should be wrapped in paper to keep the low temperature as long as possible. If you have a second fridge, remember to check what can be kept in the fridge and what we can put into the freezer. Shelves and drawers need to be cleaned by warm, soapy water, then rinsing and drying. It is not recommended to remove the ice using any sharp tools like a knife or a screwdriver because it easy to scratch and damage the interior. Don’t put any pot with boiling water or a hot iron!! The fridge must defrost by itself and we can only pour out the water.

After defrosting, we start cleaning the fridge interior by using warm, soapy water with soda ( four tablespoons of soda per one gallon of water) and soft cloth. Then we rinse with clean warm, water and then dry. Traces of mold on the walls of the refrigerator we need to clean with dish soap or water with vinegar ( ten teaspoons of vinegar per one gallon of water), then rinse and dry. Any scouring powders for sink cleaning is not recommended to use.

Next step it to wipe out the fully unfrozen fridge with alcohol damp cloth and wait until the fridge gets rid of the unpleasant smells. After that we can put back products on the shelves and drawers. Do not plug in the fridge if it is still moist. The wet parts could freeze up in the fridge and the whole process should be repeated.