Everyday kitchen items we've apparently been cleaning all wrong

Posted at 11:35 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 13:35:56-04

For some of us, there are few things more satisfying than a sparkling clean kitchen. But it turns out, there are a lot of things in our kitchens that are either getting cleaned wrong, or worse, not at all!

Here's a few things you may have either forgotten about or just been neglecting for awhile:

1.  Un-organize those spoons

Allowing spoons and other silverware to nest together in your dishwasher's silverware caddy may save space and look more organized, but can trap food and gunk in between as well. Turn your silverware upside down and space out the spoons especially - it’ll take up more room but will guarantee clean cutlery.

2.  Get going on the garbage disposal

When was the last time your disposal got cleaned, if ever?! Drop a few ice cubes down there and grind them up to clean the blades, then run a few citrus peels through to leave a fresh scent.

3. Consider the can opener

This is an item we use often, but rarely clean. For handheld openers, just soak the entire thing in warm soapy water. For electric ones, take off any parts that are removable and clean them in warm soapy water. Then wipe the whole thing down with a sanitizing wipe and put the parts back on.

4. Perk up your coffee pot

Make your morning cup of joe more tasty by cleaning the coffee pot, another item that rarely gets washed like it should. Run the carafe and the removable basket through the dishwasher, or hand wash thoroughly. Then, run a mix of vinegar and water through the machine and let it sit for a bit, halfway through. Rinse it out by brewing another pot with plain water. It’ll keep gunk at bay and will also make for a better tasting cup of coffee!

5. Don’t forget the dishwasher…

…because if the dishwasher is dirty, your dishes will be too! Run the washer empty with white vinegar in the detergent compartment. Then, remove the racks and wipe everything down, paying special attention to the wheels and the tracks on the racks. These can collect more food and gunk than you’d realize!

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