Nothing is as exciting as walking into the kitchen to prepare a healthy, delicious meal – whether it’s a simple dinner for two, or an array of appetizers for family and friends. But, every home cook knows the secret to preparing any meal is a clean kitchen and primed tools. While this might sound daunting, here are three simple kitchen maintenance tips to keep your space clean. The best part is, you probably already have these items in your pantry!
How to Clean Dirty Cookware
Years of cooking on the same cookware can turn a shiny pot or pan into a marred and charred cooking vessel. If you want your cookware to be sparkling clean again, try this water and white vinegar remedy.
Create a solution of 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water and simmer your stained cookware over low heat for a few minutes. For very tough stains, soak the pot or pan in the vinegar and water solution, without heat, for a few hours and then run the cookware through the dishwasher. Your old cookware will be almost as good as new when you’re finished.
*Remember to spot test pots and pans before using the solution on the entire surface.
How to Sharpen Knives
A good, sharp knife is key to preparing any meal at home, but even the best knives dull over time. If you don’t have a knife sharpener, reach for this DIY idea instead: a terra cotta pot. The unfinished bottom of a terra cotta pot is the perfect texture to help sharpen your knives.
It’s easy! Carefully run the knife’s blade against the terra cotta pot at a 45 degree angle with several swipes. Your knives will be primed for chopping and slicing the perfect vegetables for tonight’s dinner.
How to Make a Natural All Purpose Cleaner
I love the smell of fresh oranges. Here’s a simple and smart way to “upcycle” your old orange peels: make them into a natural, eco-friendly household cleaner for quartz surfaces.
Fill a glass jar with white vinegar and place the peels from 3-4 oranges inside the jar. Let the mixture sit for seven to ten days, strain the liquid, and use the orange-infused vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner that smells great, too.
Danny Seo is a brand ambassador for Bosch home appliances. For more inspiring ideas to live a healthier, natural lifestyle, visit DannySeo.com.