7 Kitchen Items You Didn’t Know You Have to Clean

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So, tell me – how’s your spring cleaning coming along?

Right now, we’re working on our Spring DEEP Cleaning. We’re doing it in waves and stages – kind of like how the weather has been – as it eases from winter into spring. On a day like today, with fresh air flowing throughout the house and with sunlight shining on the items of the house, it’s gorgeous and uplighting. HOWEVER, it also reveals the dust, dirt, grime, wear and tear of the previous season! For me, it’s the perfect day to put more thought and heart (yes, I’m for real!) into spring cleaning.

What does that mean for you? For me, it means cleaning the items we may not get around to on a normal basis – whether that’s daily, weekly, or monthly. This is about letting in fresh air and sunlight, and eliminating those deep-rooted sources of germs, dirt, grime, etc. When Cassidy and I do a thorough assessment of what needs to be cleaned in our kitchen, I used to get rather shocked! He’ll tell you how many times I said, “Wow.. I had NO idea I had to clean that.” Or, “Wow, that gets REALLY dirty.” The good thing is that I’m going to tell you about some kitchen/household items that get REALLY dirty.

The better news is that they can all be cleaned/fixed with Scotch-Brite™.

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Yesterday, we had a special brunch with three of our kids’ six grandparents. After everyone had left, and the dishes had been soaped, rinsed, and put away, we used that opportunity to see what else needed to be cleaned or deep-cleaned for the week. Did you know just how many kitchen and other household items can be cleaned with sponges – and not only that – but should be cleaned with sponges? These useful and colorful kitchen staples are used for much more than dishes and counter tops.

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1 – The blender gasket. Boy, this one is important! And I had NO idea about it. I ignored it constantly while just cleaning the obvious inside of the glass part of the blender. Think about how many smoothies, purees, and other recipes your blender helps you with! Help it back with Scotch-Brite™. The gasket or the rubber ring alone can carry salmonella, E. coli, yeast, mold, and probably much more. So, unplug your blender, take the pieces apart, and clean them with a sponge and warm soapy water.

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2 – Food storage containers. I have to admit that I always “think” I’m doing a great job with these, until they’re dried, and I can see that the rubber seals are still harboring germs when not washed properly. How do you do it better? Use warm/hot, soapy water and make sure you really clean the area around the seal – and any grooves where the cover attaches to the bottom part of the container. This is key! I can’t tell you how many times I thought it was thoroughly cleaned, but it wasn’t.

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3 – Fridge compartments – especially the vegetable drawer – and with a bonus tip! Fridge compartments as a whole are prone to mold and decay. The germiest spots in the fridge are probably the vegetable drawers and/or meat compartments. Remove the drawers, rinse them, and wash them thoroughly with a clean sponge and mild dish soap. Dry with a clean towel or paper towel. Here’s your Scotch-Brite™ bonus tip: Line the bottom of your vegetable crisper with dry sponges, and replace them when they get wet. This will help keep your vegetables at their peak freshness! Pretty cool, right?

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4 – Rubber spatulas. Is this another one you think you’ve got nailed down? I know I did! Apparently, they’re a top germy place in your kitchen and household because of improper cleaning! Wash them in warm, soapy water often. They get dusty!

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5 – Knife blocks. Boy, do these get germy. And we have new ones we want to take great care with. You have probably been chopping, paring, slicing, and dicing foods all winter. You probably wash your knives with great care – but then re-contaminate them when you place them back in the knife block. Remove your knives, turn your knife block upside down to get rid of crumbs, and then wash the block by hand in warm, soapy water with a good sponge and a small brush for the slots.

6 – Can openers. In this house, I’ve been known to use a can opener and then put it straight back in its drawer! I’ve also used our electric one without washing after. Wash both (unplugged first) with warm, soapy water after each use.

7 – Reusable grocery bags. I know, right? I never considered this one! The canvas ones can be washed in the washing machine, but many can be wiped down with an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge. Then, let them air dry.

*Bonus places: Dishwasher doors, dish towels, tops of cabinets, kitchen faucets, and knobs and handles. These are all places surrounded by food and germs, and subject to a lot of human touching. And for one last sponge-related tip: you can protect sensitive surfaces from frames, vases, and other decor by gluing small squares of sponges to the bottoms of items. This helps prevent scratching! Brilliant, right?

So, tell me – was there a household item in this list that you didn’t know had to be cleaned?

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Upgrade Time! Disposable Litter Trays

*I received Kitty Lounge Disposable Litter Trays for review, but I was not otherwise compensated. I love litter trays!

I can’t believe that this spring, we will have had Juniper for a full year!

For us it was heavenly to finally bring home a tiny kitten after years of wanting one. I had never had a small kitten as a pet before, or ever really been around kittens. I had experienced cats and older kittens, and even feral kittens in our barn and neighborhood, but they were older and pretty self-sufficient. Nothing had ever prepared me for taking this tiny girl home.

We brought Juniper home about a month ago from a large and wonderful animal shelter in our area. She was the first kitten I saw, but I had to play it cool and look at the many others in the shelter. After all, this was kitten season. Scarlet urged me to put a deposit and hold over little Juniper, so I sent an inquiry to the front desk. A counselor came to talk to me and showed me this girl’s tiny, but impactful history. She was found at only one pound, and dehydrated and malnourished. She was nursed to health and put up for adoption with her brother when she was old enough to go home with someone. Then we walked in.

This is Juniper now:

Last week, Cassidy was saying he wished there was an easier way to clean the litter box, without getting your hands dirty, and without having to vacuum up waste so often. Well, in fact, there is! Enter Kitty Lounge Disposable Litter Trays.

What are they? They’re a series of disposable litter trays that allow you to clean the litter box without touching dirty litter. They also capture the strong concentration of ammonia from the your cat’s waste. How do they work? You use them with the cat litter of your choice. Once the tray is dirty, you toss it and there’s a clean one underneath! They are odor free with no messy clean up, made out of sturdy recycled plastic. I love Juniper, but cleaning the litter box can be a downside or deterrent to cat ownership, although it’s in no way a deal breaker. However with this, you never have to touch dirty litter again.

It will give your litter box clean up system an overhaul!

Ultimately, I’m glad I discovered Kitty Lounge Disposable Litter Trays. With this system, litter box clean up is easier. We pick it up, dump it in a plastic bag, and then it’s out. And repeat. I love that litter clean up is now a two minute job. I keep several trays stacked together. The Kitty Lounge Disposable Litter Trays cost $49.95 for 50 and are available at amazon.com or homedepot.com.