How to Clean Common Kitchen Items

Our home expert Sara Lynn shows us some safe, but unusual, ways to clean common kitchen items!

How to Clean Common Kitchen Items

Coffee Maker

Why clean your coffee maker with vinegar when denture tablets are available?!

Hard water leaves mineral deposits in the tank of your coffeemaker, which slows perking and can affect the taste of your coffee.

Denture tablets will loosen the mineral deposits and leave your coffee maker bacteria free. The tablets were designed to clean and disinfect dentures, and they'll do the same job on your coffeemaker. They will also work to break through the oils left behind from coffee beans.

  • Start with an empty coffee maker.
  • Fill your water reservoir full of water
  • Drop two denture tablets in the tank.
  • Run the coffeemaker.
  • When the cleaning is complete, run a clean water cycle through the coffee maker one or two more times to get rid of any smell or taste.

*Do NOT put the HOT solution back through, this may ruin your coffee maker.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

A simple wipe down is great every once in a while, but a bubble bath is really what your salt and pepper shakers need.

The salt and pepper shakers are some of the dirtiest things in the kitchen, so to get them clean, try this:

  • First, fill a bowl with hot water and a teaspoon of anti-bacterial dish soap.
  • Let the shakers soak in the solution for ten minutes.
  • Rinse the shakers with warm water.
  • If you see there's still some grime left, use a cotton swab to remove any residue.
  • Next, create a cone out of paper towel and let sit in the empty shaker. This will help draw out the moisture and ensure your S&P won't stick to a damp shaker.

Toaster or Toaster Oven

Cleaning out the crumb tray or shaking the toaster upside down couldn't be easier, but frankly, that isn't cleaning anything.

Sara Lynn's found that a blow dryer works best. Unplug your toaster and bring it outside. Give it a good once over with a blow dryer and the breadcrumbs will go flying!


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