We do a lot more dishes around the holidays, what with all the extra cooking and baking and entertaining going on. The premium dish soap companies have caught on and have started offering limited-edition holiday scented dish soaps so that we can carry on with our holly-jolly even while we're standing at the sink, up to our elbows in batter bowls and cookie sheets. Do you switch to holiday scented cleaning products come December?
Stainless steel is the default color choice for most kitchen trash cans, but what if you want to punch it up a little bit? Ever since I saw this yellow trash can (OXO, no longer available), I've loved the look of colorful cans. And Brabantia has a whole range of color options!
Doing the dishes is my least favorite kitchen task, hands down. My reluctance to face them results in towering piles of plates and bowls more often that I'd like to admit. This is why I've instituted a "one soapy sponge" policy to help keep the chaos under control.
What are the essential tools and equipment every cook needs in the kitchen? Whether you're setting up a kitchen for the first time or else looking to pare back down to the basics, our Essentials Guides are here to help. We've already shared our guides to essential prep tools and utensils, cooking tools, cookware, baking pans, and small electric appliances. Today we look at the cleaning tools and solutions needed to keep all those things in good shape!
The day the metal ladle broke two glasses in my dishwasher still ranks as one of the worst days ever. How in the world was I supposed to get those glass pieces out? At the time of the accident I panicked and spent the next three hours with tiny tweezers and my body contorted into weird shapes to try and remove all the broken glass I could find, lest they stick to freshly washed dishes. This trick would have helped immensely!
Q: We received a wood butcher block as a wedding present and it gets a lot of use. We wipe it down and scrub it, but it still smells funky. I've tried everything from food-safe soaps to lemon juice. Does anyone have a foolproof trick for getting butcher blocks clean and odor-free?
Have you ever tried to make a sponge look classy? Yes, they come in all different colors and you can buy handmade items from Etsy that look a little nicer than your average big box find, but still, a sponge is a pretty hard thing to dress up. That is until these vintage soap holders came to my attention.
See this wok? It just made a delicious batch of chicken stir-fry and now it needs to be cleaned. Like cast iron skillets, carbon steel woks require some TLC when it comes to cleaning. Fortunately, this special care boils down to nothing more complicated than "rinse, scrub, dry." Here's a step-by-step guide on to how to clean your carbon steel wok.
Q: I just moved into an apartment, and the area where the trash is stored smells atrocious. I've cleaned it and used natural deodorizers (baking soda, air fresheners, etc.), but the old garbage smell keeps coming back. Does anyone have tips on making this area smell brand new?
It's the end of a wonderful dinner party: many bottles were uncorked, glasses clinked, and now after hours of stimulating conversation, your guests just departed feeling warm and socially lubricated. When you survey the aftermath, you see it: a few drops of red wine on the tablecloth, possibly even on the carpet. What do you do?