It’s the first Wednesday of the month again – the time when I keep things simple. And today I’m going rogue. No recipe. I know … I’m usually all about cooking. But this IS called My Global KITCHEN after all – so hopefully you’ll accept this week’s topic: kitchen cleaning.
As I mentioned in a recent post about Cooking with Friends, I am somewhat fanatical about cleanliness. And over the years I’ve come to rely on a few key products that help keep my kitchen spotless. You may be surprised to learn that these aren’t even conventional kitchen supplies!
1) OxiClean. I know – the commercials drive me crazy too. But this stuff really works! Dissolve just a bit with hot water and soak anything that stubbornly sticks to your pots or pans overnight. In the morning, you’ll need a minimum amount of elbow grease and the mess cleans up beautifully. I also soak the head of my espresso maker in some OxiClean daily to get the coffee oils out. Oh, and my oven racks, when they are disgustingly dirty, go in the bathtub overnight with some OxiClean. Last night I miraculously cleaned my toaster oven drip pan by soaking it and going over it lightly in the morning with an SOS, and it looks spanking new, and when I burned the inside of my stainless steel saucepan (don’t ask but let’s just say my hardboiled eggs were cooking for an hour in a dry pot) the pan returned to shiny new with this marvelous powder.
2) Microfiber towels: You can buy these at Target in the Automotive section or at Bed Bath and Beyond, and they are absolutely the finest kitchen rags ever. They are inexpensive, they don’t smell, they wash well, you can squeeze them dry or use them wet to wipe down counters, floors, stainless steel, your computer screen…you name it.
3) Bar Keepers Friend: this has been my “go to” cleaner for years and I am never without several cans of the powdered version. It truly is the best bleach-free, all purpose cleaner for sinks, stovetops, cookware, bathrooms… I buy it at Home Depot or my neighborhood grocery/drug store. Read all about it – Amazon has almost 150 5-star reviews! Trust me, once you try it you’ll never want to be without it.
Readers, do you have favorite kitchen cleaning products to share?