How to have fun while Cleaning the Kitchen.
Those who can....cook
Those who can't...clean the kitchen! Wouldn't it be nice if it worked that way?! I love to cook but I don't love cleaning. Because of this, I have devised a system through the years that works well for me. I work full time and have been a single mom for the past 8 years. This has given me the impetus to streamline.This hub is going to be a combination of organizing and cleaning tips that I learned in Miriam's kitchen. I hope it will help you, too! For really goodcleaning tips check out Mom Kat's Clobber the Clutter
Everyone can join in the Cleaning!
Cleaning at Miriams is a whole day affair. Everything goes out of the house, gets hosed down where applicable and set in the sun to dry.The counters get cleared. Then you take your rag and bowl of cleaning solution* and you climb up the cabinets to clean! It doesn't matter how much water you slough on. In fact, the more the merrier. Remember, you've already cleared the countertops and you haven't yet done the floors. So splash and clean away!
*Miriam's cleaning solution
A mixture of bleach, water and dish soap. No particular amounts but lots and lots of bleach.
You can use any cleaning solution you choose. Our house is filled with kitties. I rarely break out the bleach. I also try to go with as many environmentally safe products as possible.
For those who want to make their own cleaning products
Time to do the floors!
This was absolutely my favorite chore in Israel and one of my least favorite chores here in America. Why? Because they, number one, have drains in their kitchen floors (yes, they do!) and number two, they have a sponga. Now, some of you who don't live here in the US of A may know what I'm talking about but this, to me is the ultimate in floor cleaning. Even the kids loved to help. Here's what we did:
1)Roll up your pant legs
2) Wear flip flops or go barefoot
3) turn the music up very loud
4) get your bucket of cleaning solution ready (make sure the water isn't too cold, you are going to be dancing in it!)
5) throw water on the floor and start pushing it around with your sponga.Get it into all the corners.
6)Bring all the water back to the drain, pick up any thing too big for the drain, then repeat steps 4 and 5. Some of us will have to repeat step 1 several times. It's easier to just wear shorts!
7) Once you have sloughed away all the excess dirt, you are ready to finish. Throw away the dirty water and take out your sponga cloth. This is the part where you use floor cleaner or wax and you "mop" it on.
Unfortunately, though I was able to purchase a sponga, without the drain, it looses it's appeal. One of the best parts of this system is that you can use so much water. I have even been known to bring the hose inside!
Because of time and space constraints, I try to do the bulk of my cooking once a week. I get all my meat defrosted the night before and have everything I will be using within arm's reach. Have containers at the ready. Check recipes that have the same ingredients. I prefer to start with things like onions and garlic because I hate the way my hands smell. this means I will have plenty of opportunity to wash my hands after! If i am making something like soup or spaghetti sauce, I make enough to freeze. I also recommend that if you make a really good soup stock or homemade tomato paste, freeze them in icecube trays. It is so convenient to have these to add to other recipes. Another little trick with ice cube trays. Fill them without whatever alcoholic beverages you are serving, and when the ice cube melts, your drink isn't watery!