Keep the Kitchen Clean Longer
The only thing better than finishing kitchen-cleanup duty? Not having to do it again for a while. These techniques will make
your efforts last longer.
By Kathleen Squires
Tim Evan Cook
Freezer and Refrigerator
- Place a box of baking soda in the freezer and another in the refrigerator to absorb and neutralize smells; replace them every
three months. Alternatives: a mound of charcoal; coffee beans in a bowl; or a cotton ball soaked in vanilla extract and kept
in the refrigerator until dry.
- Every month or so, dump ice cubes from the trays and make a new batch. Stale ice traps odors, like those from frozen fish
- Grind the skins of oranges, lemons, and limes in the garbage disposal with a handful of ice cubes. The rock-hard texture of
the ice cubes sharpens the blades; the citrus scent of the grated peels clears the air. Or make ice cubes of vinegar instead
of water. The vinegar will deodorize the disposal.
- Reduce grease splatters on the stovetop and the hood by putting a mesh splatter screen over pans when cooking.