For some people, keeping the kitchen of their Puyallup, WA apartment looking as clean as it did the day they moved in is easy. That is not the case for myself. I am a very tidy person by nature; but, try as I might, I have always struggled with keeping my kitchen sparkling. In my quest for cleanliness I have found a few little known tricks that have helped me immensely.
Clean out that microwave!
Ever noticed how quickly the inside of your microwave can start to look like the inside of a bag of popcorn? All those little particles of food that stick to the walls of the microwave get harder and harder to remove each time you use the appliance. The problem is compounded by the fact that cleaning the microwave requires applying a seemingly unprecedented level of scrubbing pressure, at unnatural angles, for extended periods of time.
How do you get around this? All you need to do is mix 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice or vinegar, and 2 cups of water, in a 4-cup glass microwave safe bowl. Microwave the mixture on High for 2 to 3 minutes. The mixture will have vaporized and formed condensation on the walls and roof of the science oven. Be careful as you remove the bowl Its hot! Use a rag or paper towels to wipe the inside of the microwave and most of the mess should come right off. Particularly stubborn stains may require you to repeat the process a few times in order to break them down.
Clear out that drain without the chemicals
We all live downstream, but when you have a slow drain it can be tempting to just reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner to clear it up. Before you do that, try pouring cup baking soda down the drain, then adding cup white vinegar. Cover the drain, and let the mixture foam for a few minutes as it breaks down the blockage. Carefully pour 8 cups of boiling water down the drain to flush everything through and you should be good to go! It is important to note that you should NOT try this method if you have already used chemical drain cleaners.
Flush out that coffee maker
This one is less of an obvious mess, but a mess nonetheless. Most people clean their carafes regularly, but completely neglect the internal aspect of the machine. Clean the machine inside and out by filling it with equal parts water and white vinegar and running it through a brew cycle. Once this is complete, rinse out the carafe and repeat the brew process two to three more times using fresh water. Do this once every couple of weeks to get the most out of your morning cup.
These are just a few tips I have come across in my never ending quest to keep my JBLM housing looking great. Remember these next time you tidy up and you are sure to save some time and effort. Now youve got more time to do other things. Important things, like looking at pictures of cats on the internet, or lurking around on social media.