How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide as Part of Your Cooking Routine

Grandma’s age old remedy for seemingly everything still works wonders in your busy kitchen. Store a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the kitchen and use it for tricks such as these while you’re in chef mode!

Clean a cookie sheet with no elbow grease

Cookie sheets are hard to part with if you’re a woman who cooks with soul. So many treats baked over the years for special occasions and family time – it’s as if it holds memories. However, it is one tough cookie when it comes to cleaning! This trick will save you considerable effort. First, sprinkle baking soda over entire sheet. Then, spray or sprinkle hydrogen peroxide over baking soda. Next, sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda. Let sit for at least two hours – time is the substitute for vigorous scrubbing. When you resume your work the majority of the residue and stains will now rinse of easily quite easily! A little bit of wiping and rinsing will finish the job with ease.

Sanitize food prep and storage surfaces

Use H2O2 to kill bacteria on cutting boards and refrigerator/freezer shelves. It will sanitize them so they are germ free. Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic so it’s a great natural alternative to store-bought cleaners that are full of strong chemicals. Spray H2O2 on the surface and let it sit a couple of minutes. Then, wipe and rinse clean. If there’s gunk or food remnants, scrub first with a brush or clean rag. Bonus use: try it on your lunch bags and containers. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before using this on appliances!

Preserve a salad

Yes, it is actually possible to delay wilting and preserve the freshness of a salad for a little longer than you’d expect. Mix ½ cup water with 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide and spray evenly over salad. (This is for fresh salad that hasn’t yet been tossed in dressing or oil.) After spraying thoroughly, rinse with a light touch so you don’t bruise the food, cover it, and keep it in the refrigerator. Waste not, want not!

Clean fruits and vegetables before consuming

H2O2 is a natural way to remove dirt, germs and pesticides from fruits and vegetables. Just add ¼ cup to a sink full of water. Gently rub foods clean and rinse thoroughly. Interesting trivia:  Did you know that fruits and vegetables actually produce H2O2 and this is part of the reason why they are so good for you? Yep, they do!

Refrigerator Use and Care: Icemaker Issues

Refrigerator Icemaker Issues

1. Clearing ice that is clogged in your icemaker bin or mechanism.

It is not unusual for ice cubes to occasionally freeze or clump together in a corner of the ice bucket. Don’t use a knife or other sharp metal device to pry the ice from the bin. You might very well damage your ice bin. The easy and simple way to remove clogged ice cubes no matter where they are in the ice bin is to remove the ice bin from the freezer, turn off the icemaker, and let the ice thaw out. This method works well and avoids damage to your ice bin.

2. Too much ice production or icemaker doesn’t shut off. Not enough ice or icemaker isn’t producing ice.

Issues with insufficient ice production can somtimes be caused if the freezer temperature is too high. Make sure the icemaker is holding a temperature near zero. Refrigerators that are out of level can also have reduced ice production because some of the cube molds don’t fill with water.

If your icemaker doesn’t stop making ice when the bin is full, check the shutoff arm. It could be stuck in an open position. Release the lever and remove excess ice cubes. Similarly, if your icemaker isn’t making ice, the shutoff arm could be stuck in the off position.

If the problem isn’t with the icemaker shutoff arm, examine your water supply line for leaks or kinks. Adjust the water valve for more flow if necessary.

Finally, the filter may be clogged and need replacing.

3. Ice tastes bad.

Clean the ice bucket and the ice tray. Test water in water supply line. Replace the water filter if necessary.

This is part of an ongoing series on refrigerator use and care. Click links below to related blogs:

Refrigerator water filters

Moisture in the refrigerator

 


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Appliance Tips: Refrigerator Care and Maintenance

Getting Rid of Moisture in the Refrigerator

Occasionaly we get complaints from refrigerator owners dealing with water build-up in the refrigerator. This is usually evidenced with drops or even small puddles of water collecting on top of containers in the refrigerator.

First, let’s recognize that there is no function of the refrigerator’s operation that produces water. A line might run from the sink to the refrigerator and connect to the ice-maker and water dispenser, but this water is not produced by the refrigerator, and it is not the cause of moisture in the refrigerator.

3 Causes of Moisture Build-Up in Your Refrigerator

1. Open Containers or uncovered food

If you put leftovers in tupperware or other refrigerator containers, make sure that the container is properly sealed. Cold air needs to circulate around these containers – not inside them. Do not store food uncovered in your refrigerator unless it is in a designated storage bin.

2. Excessive Opening and Closing

Maybe you’re like me, and you like to take inventory in the refrigerator.

SHE: “What are you doing in the refrigerator?”
ME: “I’m just looking.”
SHE: “What for?”
ME: “I don’t know. Just checking.”
SHE: “Close the door!”

So, if you do that, and your kids do that (all day long during summer break), you are letting the cold air out, and introducing warm, moist air into your refrigerator. You’re making your refrigerator work harder and as that warm air is cooled you could get some water droplets on the top of items stored in the fridge.

3. Defective or Dirty Gaskets

When you’re doing the routine cleaning of your refrigerator, make sure that you clean the gasket on your refrigerator and freezer doors. Check the gaskets for tears or gaps. Use the dollar bill test. Put a dollar bill between the door gasket and the refrigerator cabinet and close the door. If the dollar bill falls out or easily slides up and down, you have an air leak, and may need to replace or repair the gasket.

For more refrigerator care and use tips click on the link below to download a helpful pdf:

Refrigerator Use and Care


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Spring Cleaning Ideas – How To Get Rid Of Stuff Part 6

Part 6: Artwork


How exciting! If you are now ready to tackle the final segment of overhauling your child’s room, that means the project is nearly complete and you can see just how awesome it’s going to be. Let’s wrap it up!

Of all the things we’ve discussed in this series, artwork is perhaps the most difficult to let go of. However, if you’ve been a parent for any length of time, you know that children produce a LOT of artwork! From a sentimental perspective it’s tempting to keep every single doodle and scribble your little artist creates. Take it from experienced mothers though – you won’t actually want all of it down the road. There’s no need to waste effort and space just to keep something that won’t be meaningful in the long term. To determine how to get rid of anything that isn’t particularly compelling, ask yourself these questions:

  • Would I frame it? Then do! Don’t put it back in a drawer for later. If you’re going to display it, then get on with it.
  • Does it represent a milestone? Such as the first time she was able to write her full name? If yes, strongly consider keeping it.
  • Is the child particularly proud of it? If so, don’t just keep it. Hang it on the wall in a frame with good light. Just to show him that you are proud of it too!
  • Is it funny or anecdotal? Keep it because these are the things that help us remember wonderful stories years from now.

If the artwork doesn’t fall somewhere within these reasons for keeping it, take a picture of the artwork and then get rid of it! Just snap a photo, close your eyes, wish it well, and let it flutter into the recycle bin. We promise you won’t miss anything inconsequential.

Before we sign off on this series we have a final suggestion to round out your project to perfection: Once you’ve decided on everything you’re going to keep, store it in clear containers at the sight level of your child. Floor level for small children, standing level for young children, desk or higher for teens. If you’re going to hang on to all that stuff and go to the trouble to organize it, then make sure it’s as readily apparent as possible so they USE it! Happy spring cleaning!

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances Part 2

Dealing with Hard to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Last month we posted a video on doing the light cleaning of stainless steel appliances. This was a tutorial on using household cleaner to keep your appliances shiny.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances Part 1

Now, we want to give you some ideas on how to clean really dirty stainless steel appliances. For this test, we chose our own outdoor grill. This stainless barbecue grill is thirteen years old, has sat out on a covered patio in Arizona for the entire time, exposed to weather, wind, dirt, dust storms, and infrequent rain. It gets used at least once or twice a week throughout most of the year, and frankly it's been a couple of years since it got a really good cleaning.

One of the great attributes of stainless steel is that it is extraordinary durable. Watch the video below and you'll see a really nasty looking grill transformed.

 

Coming soon will be a video on removing scratches from stainless steel. You won't want to miss it.

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10 Appliance Care Tips for the New Year

Kick off a New Year for your appliances

Here are ten free or low cost tips for regular maintenance of your appliances. Make a New Years resolution to take care of these things today. You won't regret it.

1. Change the water filter on your refrigerator. If your refrigerator model comes with a water filter, it needs to be replaced (depending on the model) either every 6 months or yearly. If you have an in-line cartridge behind the refrigerator it also needs periodic replacement. If these cartridges haven't been replaced in the past year or if you just don't remember, January is a good time to take care of this.

2. Clean your dryer lint filter. Manufacturers recommend the filter should cleaned after each use. If it's been ignored there is no better time than during a New Year checkup to take care of this, and start a good habit of regularly cleaning the lint filter.

3. Check the temperature of your refrigerator. Doesn't cost you anything, but now is a great time that set or re-set the temperature in your refrigerator to 38 degrees fahrenheit, and 0 degrees in the freezer.

4. Calibrate your oven. Use an oven thermometer to check the interior temperature of your oven at common settings. Adjust your settings according to the oven directions.

5. Clean under your range. The lower drawer is probably removable. Dusting under and behind the oven annually is a great idea.

6. Clean your dishwasher filter. If your dishwasher has a filter cup, it should be cleaned monthly. If you haven't been doing this, you should start now.

7. Clean out behind your refrigerator. Slide out your refrigerator and thoroughly clean behind the refrigerator.

8. While you are at it, clean the refrigerator coils. If the coils are not the self-cleaning type, you should also use the furniture attachment on your vac or a brush to clean the refrigerator coils.

9. Clean your “self-cleaning” oven. Empty the oven *including the racks. Follow the manufacturer directions for self-cleaning. The oven will lock, and the cleaning cycle will normally take 2-4 hours. After the cycle is completed and the oven cool, you should be able to brush out the inside of the oven. *There are 1 or 2 oven brands with porcelain racks that do not have to be removed during self-cleaning.

10. Clean your dryer duct. A dryer duct clogged with lint can be a fire hazard.

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