On a scale of one to ten, my love of cleaning is probably something around the seventh layer of hell. I enjoy it just about as much as I think I would enjoy getting my tubes tied without any anesthetic.
But alas, while the rest of the family helps clean (we ain’t in the fifties, you know), I am still left to do some of those things that may go unnoticed by the others in the house.
Since the cleaning-type stuff absolutely needs to get done, and my level 67 Blood Elf Paladin won’t wait for me in Orgrimmar forever, I have discovered a few stupidly-simple kitchen lifesavers that make being an adult just a little bit easier to stomach.
1. Fill your dish pan with hot, soapy water
Then say the phrase “hot, soapy water” a few more times, because that phrase is just amazing. Before any dishes get done, use that hot, soapy water to give your countertops, stove and microwave a quick wipe down. It takes all of five minutes, and if done every time you go to wash dishes, could definitely prevent that type of frantic scrubbing that gives off so much elbow grease you could slick back the Fonz’s hair with it. With half of your kitchen clean, you can now get started on the dishes.
2. Fill a cup with some hot water and set in on the side of your sink
When you wash a piece of silverware, put it inside the cup. When all the silverware is done, run some more hot water into the cup, and you’ve got all your silverware washed and rinsed without the hassle.
3. Buy a juicer
I know, you might be saying “Seriously? Do you have any idea how long juicing takes? Do you have any idea how expensive that crap is?” Bear with me for a minute. Cleaning the moldy, brown, leaky fruits and veggies out of the bottom of the crisper drawer is probably one of the most disgusting cleaning tasks I have ever had to endure. It unfortunately happens quite often in my house.
If you invest in a juicer, however, you can use it to juice those fruits and veggies that are nearing their death. You can drink the juice or add it to some smoothies. And if the veggie isn’t too far gone, you can add the pulp to dog food, soups, salads, and the like. You can also take all that pulp and throw it in a compost bin, or sprinkle it on your flowers. And while you’re rooting about in your fridge for old produce, it would be a good time to check for anything else that may be expiring soon. If you are checking frequently, you likely won’t end up wasting any food that you have, or having to clean up any moldy, stinky mess either.
Since we all have to be adults, we may as well do it as quickly as possible, right?
What are your stupidly-simple kitchen lifesavers?