Some people may find spending time in the kitchen boring, but we absolutely don’t. For us, cooking is a way of therapy. You may find it a burden especially after a long day but if you prepare every necessary element in advance and improve your organizational skills, you may even find it relaxing. But today we are not going to talk about cooking but what comes afterwards; CLEANING! And we don’t mean regular dirt but grease and stubborn stains. We are talking about stovetop, stainless steel appliances, greasy pots and pans. Keep reading to see how you can make everything look brand new.
Cast iron pan: Never ever toss your cast iron pan, no matter how dirty it got or even rusty! There are a few ways to bring your cast iron skillet back to life. But to do that we will take off the seasoning and reseason it when we finish.
- To get rid of rust and food residue you will need to use soap, really hot water and a sponge. Depending on the level of dirt and rust you can try steel wool or a wooden spatula. Pour the hot water into the pan with a good amount of soap and scrub until the dirt and rust goes away. This process requires a lot of elbow grease. When it’s dirt free dry it thoroughly. Turn the burner to high, set the pan on it, and wait for the water to boil out.
- If you want to keep your energy for better things there is another way to get rid off rust and food residue. Buy a plastic tub big enough to hold the cast iron you wish to bring back to life. Place it in the tub with 1/3 water 2/3 apple cider vinegar. The mixture should be enough to cover the pan. This process will take a long time but at least you won’t tire yourself, so if you suffer from arthritic hands you can give this a try. Every day pull the worst piece out and check it out by hosing it down. Depending on your neglect level, this could take up to one week to clean it completely.
Whichever process you choose there is more to do after cleaning the pan. You should reseason the skillet.
- Heat your clean cast iron pan on the stove until it’s very very hot. Pour a little canola oil on paper and rub it all over the pan. Be extra careful to avoid touching the pan. Wipe the skillet with a clean paper towel to remove excess oil. If you put too much oil you will end up with a sticky, unusable pan. You might want to repeat the seasoning process a few more times.
- Another way to season your skillet is to use bacon grease, if you can or you wish. Add the bacon to your clean cast iron skillet on very low heat. After 20 minutes you should end up with lots of grease in the pan. Remove the bacon, keep the grease. Wipe the pan clean. Pour a tiny amount of the grease back into the pan and rub it thoroughly. Heat your oven over to 250 degrees and bake the skillet for an hour. Repeat this until you are satisfied.
Stovetop: You can make your stovetop shiny without using harsh chemicals. Remove stovetop burner grates. Rub a lemon slice over the stovetop surface. Sprinkle baking soda and gently scrub. If the stains are stubborn try salt instead of baking soda. After all the stains are gone wipe the stove clean with a damp cloth.
- Take your dirty stovetop grates and put them in ziplock bags. Pour 1/4 cup of ammonia and seal the bag. Leave them sit overnight. Wash them clean. Never ever mix ammonia with any other products.
- You can also spray the grates with oven cleaner and let them sit in ziplock bags.
Stainless steel appliances: It’s great to have shiny appliances in the kitchen. But when it comes to keep them shiny we encounter a big problem. What if we say there is a way to fight against smudges and fingerprints? Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup lemon juice and 3 tablespoons borax. Add enough club soda to make a thick paste. Dip a cloth into the paste, and rub the paste onto your stainless steel appliances. Wipe the paste off with another wet cloth. Finish it by wiping down your appliances with a damp microfiber cloth.
Home cleaning requires a great deal of effort and time. Especially when you dive into deep cleaning it is wiser to get professional help from maid services. But never stop trying little cleaning tricks to make the task easier and your home shiny.