|24 October 2014|
Cleaning up Kitchen Spills
There is no use crying over spilt milk. Rather, just clean it up! Those pesky kitchen spills don’t have to ruin your morning, your time cooking dinner, or that baking session you’re about to have. This article outlines some of the most common kitchen spills, and nifty tips on how to clean up the mess before anyone even has to know about it!MilkIf you see milk spilt on any surface, clean it up immediately to avoid a lingering sour smell in the air a few days on. Use a clean, absorbent cloth and lay it over the spilt area. Allow it to soak up for a few moments. Then rinse the cloth thoroughly and wet with lukewarm water. Run the warm cloth over the spilt area several times to remove any traces.OilVegetable oil, olive oil or any other type of oil are highly used items in the kitchen and can spill easily. If some of it dribbles on your bench or stove top, grab some paper towel and blotch up the oil. For bigger spills on the floor, use a sprinkling of oatmeal or corn starch and let it sit for a few minutes before sweeping it up. Repeat this process until all the oil is soaked up.Food dyeColourful baked good are lots of fun, but dribbles of the food dye left on benches are certainly not. If food dye is spilt on a bench top, immediately grab some paper towel and allow it to absorb the residual liquid. A stain may occur easily. Use a mixture of vinegar and bi-carb soda, or baking soda and water. Stir the mixture together and pour carefully over the stained area. Allow it to treat the area for around fifteen minutes, then wipe clear with a damp cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is removed.CoffeeA morning sip of coffee can readily turn into a disaster if it spills. Use paper towel to blot the spill. Mix a teaspoon of vinegar with a quarter cup of cold water and spray onto the stain to loosen it. Blot again with paper towel and wipe clean with a damp cloth.Hundreds and ThousandsThis special treat looks fantastic for decorating cupcakes, but not so great when it spills on the bench. These little blighters can easily roll and get stuck in small areas. Clear what you can by using paper towel, or scooping them off the bench with you hand. For those stuck in smaller nooks and crannies, grab a toothbrush and soak it in warm water. This will attract the hundreds and thousands to stick to the head of it, and you can reach easier in tight corners.WineA relaxing glass of red can be anything but relaxing if it spills on the bench top. Similarly, any red beverage such as juices or cordials can have the same staining effect. Try to avoid chemical based products as these can make the stains shift and become bigger. Rather, use natural remedies such as bi-carb soda and vinegar to spray onto the stain. Let it sit for around twenty minutes, and then clear away with paper towel.FlourIn a puff of white, your kitchen can become a nightmare. Cleaning up flour spills is tedious, but manageable. Grab some paper towel and dab it with some warm water. Use the paper towel to shift the flour into the centre of the bench. Once a pile is created, you can easily scoop it up or tip it into a bucket over the side of the bench. If the flour gets on the floor, use a wet mop to effectively shift the mess.
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