Friday, March 25, 2011

A Little Cooking/Cleaning Tip....On A Sewing Blog...


Today I have a little cooking/cleaning tip for you. I've been doing this for years and I assumed everyone else did too. But lately I've mentioned it to others and they say they have never heard of it. Since this is mostly a sewing blog and not a cooking blog, you can look at it this way.....this little tip will get you finished quicker in the kitchen so you can get back to your sewing. So here goes......

Anytime I cook something that yields a really messy pan....like today I made homemade stove-top mac and cheese for part of our lunch. The pan is always cheesy and sticky afterwards. Or, if we have to eat dinner and then head out the door somewhere....like church. I hate leaving a sink full of dishes but sometimes it happens. Or, if you are steaming vegetables and all the water boils out and your pan and its contents burn and get all yucky. I am sure that never happens in your house....but it does in mine from time to time. Or whatever else that happens to create dishes in your house that you really don't want to waste time cleaning.

Well here is what I do.....I take my box of baking soda from my pantry and sprinkle it on the messy pan, my stack of dirty dishes, my burnt pan, etc. Then I add just a bit of water and I leave it. Yes, I just turn my back on it or walk out the door and I give it not another thought. Then when I either get back home or I am ready to tackle that burnt pan or stack of dishes, I turn the faucet on and run the pan/dishes/whatever under the water. I am telling you that whatever it was stuck to your pan or dishes will literally wash off underneath the flow from the faucet. Sure you can use your dishrag just to make you feel better...but it is rarely needed.

You can even keep a sprinkle bottle of baking soda on your counter for this purpose...but most times I just grab my box out of the pantry. I am never without baking soda for this reason alone. And I hope you remember this little tip the next time you have messy pans or a stack of dishes you have to leave in the sink. Then you can get back to your sewing that much faster!


*I have no affiliation with Arm & Hammer....just a happy consumer!*

9 comments:

Kellie said...

Awesome tip from a seamstress... anything for more time to sew!!!!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Great tip. I love baking soda, but hadn't heard of that one before.
~Kimberlee
www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

JessicaS said...

Wow! I had no idea. Thanks for the tip.

LMP said...

I will definitely try this tip. Good way to use up that baking soda that just sits forever in the pantry or fridge and saves me from all that scrubbing!

Jackie said...

I can't wait to mess up some pans so I can try this one!!

Laurie said...

Awesome tip! I can't wait to try it out!

Cindy said...

Thanks Ladies. I would love to hear feedback if you try this. It works great for me and I hope it does for each of you as well. Anything to get finished with dishes and back sewing faster!!!!

Life of a plainlady said...

Great idea.
I use it to clean my drains. Works well.

vl said...

Fortunately I've know about this for many years - however, until recently, I had never tried it on my cast iron skillet. It works great there too! Not having to scrub cast iron and ruining the seasoning is a benefit that cannot be praised highly enough.

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