The Underside of Cooking

We ALL know the underside of cooking–gourmet or otherwise!

That’s right.  It’s the cleaning.

There’s nothing like a clean and sparkling kitchen to inspire more creativity, more willingness to go the extra mile and prepare something new and adventurous.  In the interest of honesty, I admit that my kitchen is not always what you would call “sparkling.” Okay. I admit that my kitchen is rarely sparkling.

It is decently clean, but on my schedule, the Battle Plan of household chores to be done is usually very long and the time to accomplish them is usually quite short. The jobs get rotated according to what is screamingly vital that day.

Today my kitchen stove was calling my name. One thing I really dislike is a dirty stove, and mine had collected some grunge that escaped the daily wipe down.

Another thing I dislike is the smell, expense and toxicity of cleaning solutions. For one thing, I don’t think most of them work very well. It is unrealistic to think that everything can simply be sprayed and wiped.  I like the idea of using WATER.  And SOAP or something. And a little ELBOW GREASE.

A few weeks ago, I discovered that a strong vinegar and water solution would take soap scum right off the walls and door of my shower.  I was impressed!  Maybe you all already know about this. But I didn’t.

So I went back on the Internet to look for natural stove top cleaning solutions and found a great website called, “So Not Betty.”  Have you heard of it?  I learned to make a simple paste from my kitchen staples to totally clean and shine my stove top!  It worked really great and some grunge near one particular burner that I thought was permanent is now nearly gone.  Another round of natural stove top paste will probably finish it.

Here is today’s recipe from Chandra at “So Not Betty.”  [ I had a hard time actually finding the home page of the website. There are a lot of blogs that play on the idea of not being Betty (Crocker?) so this is where the actual recipe came from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/clean-stove-top-naturally_n_3499261.html]

Stove Top Cleanser

1 Tablespoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Water

Make a paste and dip a cloth or sponge into it and scrub.  I found this paste requires lots of rinsing with water and wiping to remove all the paste residue.  But it isn’t difficult. Besides, as you know, I like to use water to clean!

I hope you can benefit from my experiment with this. Now that the stove and kitchen really are clean and sparkling, onward to some creative cooking!

What do you find are the most effective natural cleaning solutions that can be made at home?

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