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How to Clean your Kitchen with Baking Soda

  Jonathan Teall  |    15 April 2019  |    House Cleaning Tips


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DIY Kitchen Cleaning with Vinegar

  Jonathan Teall  |    11 April 2019  |    House Cleaning Tips

How can I use vinegar to clean a kitchen?

Vinegar is great alternative to harsh chemical based cleaning products. It's as natural as you can get, in fact you've definitely consumed the components that are used to create white vinegar. Traditional white vinegar is comprised of only basic grains and water. It's fermented, distilled, and then sold to you to use as a cleaning product. Let's explore some possible uses for vinegar in your routine cleaning processes, as well as some methods to make the process smell as good during as it does after.

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How to Remove Melted Plastic from a Toaster Oven

  Jonathan Teall  |    02 April 2019  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Home Cleaning Tips,  |    Kitchen

Recover your culinary contentment

We are all familiar with the sense of dread that comes along with the scent of burning plastic permeating your beautiful kitchen. The kitchen is supposed to be an area that reminds you of the many delicious desserts and comforting  creations that have graced the countertops. The harsh smell of melting plastic will bring an immediate feeling of distaste and discomfort. Let's take a look at what steps you should take to efficiently, and safely fix the melted problem.



This scent is often accompanied by a sense of panic, an inherent need to locate exactly where the source of this offensive odor is coming from. The toaster oven is the biggest offender when it comes to kitchen appliances that tend to accidentally assault the safety of a kitchen's comforting environment. Keeping a plastic bread bag,  grocery bag, or even plastic plastic tableware near your toaster oven should be a strict no.

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Protect yourself, before your appliance

You know what to expect when the accident happens, the smell is awful and the plastic just won't come off no matter the method that you may try. The plastic just won't pry off of your toaster oven, in fact - if the oven is still hot it'll become progressively worse as time goes on... Time can be of the essence, but your personal lung health should come first. Turn off the toaster oven, or simply just unplug it and let the room air out before you try to remedy the issue.


WECF (Women Engage for a Common Future) posted an article detailing the harmful effects of inhaling plastic fumes, which you should read before you give in to the temptation of cleaning the toaster oven too soon, which is before the room has been aired out of the toxic plastic fumes. Dangerous Health Effects of Burning Plastic


The Process

The first step to cleaning the melted plastic off of your toaster oven should be to scrape off as much as you can after its cooled down. You can use a wooden spatula, or a wooden spoon to prevent damage. You don't want to use a metal utensil, as that has the potential to scrape up the exterior of the toaster oven in the process. After the toaster oven has cooled down, you want to sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge, and lightly scour the area to exfoliate the surface and remove the leftover melted plastic bits.


Baking soda works especially well when you want to clean up household accidents in an environmentally friendly, non-toxic way. When you use baking soda to clean, it works for you in two different manners. Primarily in this situation, it acts a mild abrasive when you apply a small amount to a damp sponge to scrub off the remaining plastic residue. This prevents any potential marking of the surface, unlike what would happen if you were to haphazardly hack away at the residue with a metal spatula.


Why does baking soda work so well?

Baking soda is useful in a multitude of methods, and while we're at it - let's learn why it's such an effective environmentally safe cleaning product. Baking soda is a mild alkali, which causes dirt, grease, and other grime to lift up off of the surface and dissolve easier for the ease of pickup with your everyday kitchen sponge. It's an effective cleaning product to use on anything that might need a sensitive touch; such as, glass, chrome, stainless steel, and even plastic. It is completely non-toxic, deodorizing, and in a pinch it can be used as an effective method for extinguishing small fires.


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How to Season and Care for your Cast Iron Pan

  Jonathan Teall  |    02 April 2019  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Kitchen

Naturally Nonstick Cast Iron: the Holy Grail

After purchasing your very first cast iron pan, beginning to cook with it can seem a bit overwhelming. There's all sorts of urban legends out there that make it seem intimidating. If you listen to them too closely, you'll learn that everything will stick, you'll rust up, and nothing will be okay. Don't worry, those aren't true if you follow the right process! We're here to clear these myths up for you and focus on the cold hard truth that'll set you on the track to a perfectly seasoned, naturally nonstick cast iron pan that will serve you well for the next century or two. Cast iron skillets last nearly forever when they're properly taken care of. In an age of products that are built with planned obsolescence in mind, the longevity of cast iron pans stands out strongly. 


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How to Clean Refrigerator coils

  Jonathan Teall  |    02 April 2019  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Kitchen

Clogged Condenser Coils Prevent Cooling

Refrigerator coils, also known as condenser coils, are often overlooked in the usual steps of a thorough kitchen clean. They need to be properly maintained if you want your fridge to stay as cold as possible without wasting excess energy. If you've never cleaned these coils off, they can't efficiently release the heat that is built up inside of them when the cooling process takes place. When this happens, your refrigerators condenser has to go into overdrive and you waste inefficiently waste power. If you take care of this problem, your beers will be colder and your wallet will be thicker. Who could complain about that? You can wait a while in between cleans but as soon as you notice a rise in overall refrigerator temperature this is the first place you should place your effort. It's a simple process, so let's step through it together.

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How to Clean Calcium, Lime, and Rust off of Your Faucet

  Jonathan Teall  |    01 April 2019  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Kitchen

Remove those Calcium, Lime, and Rust (CLR) Deposits from Your Faucet

Have you ever seen those pictures of the antique artifacts that were left on the Titanic when it went down? Over time they became covered in layer upon layer of calcium, lime, and who knows what else. You don't want your sink to start looking like that! You use your sink when you want to make sure things are clean, right? Whether you're washing dishes, or even just washing your hands - you want them to feel clean and sanitized directly after. However, dirty faucets give the opposite impression of cleanliness. 

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