Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (But Make Sure You Clean It)

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (But Make Sure You Clean It)

Ariel Knutson
Aug 21, 2014
cleaning my coffee grinder
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Day 9 Task: Clean Your Small Appliances

One of the Kitchn Cure tasks earlier this week centered on reevaluating our pots, pans, and small appliances in the kitchen. Now that I have an "edited" kitchen space, it's time to clean everything I kept! After cleaning the oven, stovetop, and range hood this week, cleaning the small stuff should be a breeze.

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I was least excited about cleaning the dishwasher, so I decided to start with that first. After cleaning the stainless steel exterior, I got to work on the inside. I took out the racks, rubbed 'em down, and then ran white vinegar in the dishwasher to clean it all out.

The inside of my dishwasher
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After cleaning the dishwasher I moved on to cleaning my pots and pans. I gave my copper pans a much-needed scrub to get them looking shiny and new.

My copper pans before they were cleaned
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I then tackled my electric appliances, including my rice cooker, stand mixer, and coffee grinder. My boyfriend didn't believe that you could clean a coffee grinder with some dried rice, but it worked. It worked really well.

clean appliances
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After cleaning all my pots, pans, and appliances (small and large), I went about cleaning and organizing the spaces that I kept them in the kitchen.

This is the small space where I keep my baking equipment, food processor, and immersion blender. It feels much more organized and all the tools seem more accessible.

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This is the storage space below my kitchen island. I wiped everything down, and gave priority to things I use more frequently. My heavy baking dishes, braiser, and small Dutch oven are on top, while my pots, pans, and strainers are on the bottom shelf.

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