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Timesaving Kitchen Cleaning Tips

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Who doesn’t want to make kitchen cleaning faster? The suggestion that something new could be said on the subject seems almost impossible – surely anything that follows has been tried before!

Well … maybe, although these are still some pretty tried-and-true kitchen cleaning timesavers.

1. Abrasive Cleansers

Since when did abrasive cleaning products become such a bad thing? Um ... never! They’ve just suffered from a lack of proactive marketing and have since been outshined by cleaners that are “easier” to use. Well, no more. Surfactants can be lifesavers.

Your grandma was right about elbow grease, but abrasive cleansers take less of it to get the job done. Plus, many brands today are scratch-free and contain no phosphates, which make them tame as kittens – except when it comes to stains.

2. Drippy Disasters

For those folks who own fridges with wire shelving, make sure you store drippy things in well-sealed containers on the bottom shelf. There are two reasons for this.

First, something that drips from the top shelf will create a mess on everything that sits below it, and that takes more time to clean. Second, most fridge “floors” have grooves that will better contain a leak, thereby making cleaning easier than wiping down the wiring and whatever innocent foods were splattered in the Drip Zone.

3. Stain Police

Don’t let stains sit! Just zap those bad boys. The longer they sit the more time they will drain away from your life. This is especially true for things like wines, juices, jellies and other fruit-based products.

If there’s no time at all for spot cleaning, be sure to blast it with something before it sets: a dollop of dish soap, a shot of cleaner or a splash of water can help keep things loose until you get back to it.

4. Soak and/or Rinse

Even if you’re living the high life (i.e. you own a dishwasher) soaking and/or rinsing your dirty dishes will save time. It doesn’t have to be a big production, either. Just a little splash of water and maybe a shot of dish soap and you’re good to go.

Whatever you do, don’t let your dishes sit overnight without a soak or rinse. It’s like inviting a time-sucking vampire into your house.

5. Tinfoil Oven  

Sometimes an ounce of prevention is worth hours of neatly sidestepped misery, and a little aluminum foil goes a long way. Just tear off a square and line the bottom of your oven to save you oodles of time you’d otherwise spend cleaning it.

If you feel weird about there always being aluminum foil in your oven, you can just throw it down for those recipes you know are going to slip, slide and boil over like pizza, lasagna and casseroles.

ATGStores.com hopes these quick tips will help you save a little more time in the kitchen and invites you to share your time-saving cleaning tips.

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