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         I'M NOT MARTHA - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hi! I'm Lizzy!!  and I'm not Martha!!!

Things happen in the kitchen....terrible things, messy things, 
gross things.  What to do?  How to unyuck the yucky mess. 
We all need a helping hand.

P.S. If you're interested we now have a forum. You can post 
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* Non-Stick Pans, Cleaning

To remove cooked-on residue from a nonstick skillet, cover with 
1/2-inch of water. Heat until the water boils; the cooked food 
will loosen and can be wiped away.

* Eggs, Cleaning up spills

If you drop an egg on the floor, cover it with salt and leave 
it alone for a couple of minutes. When you come back, you´ll 
be able to easily clean the mess with a paper towel.

* Cleaning Up Grease Spills on the Kitchen Floor

Clean up grease or oil spills by sprinkling flour over the 
spill. The flour soaks up the spill and can then be easily 
scraped up and disposed of. This prevents the grease or oil 
from being spread around while trying to wipe it up with a 
paper towel or rag.

* Grease Spills In The Oven

If grease or oil spills in your oven, quickly toss some salt 
on the stain. Once the oven has cooled off and the salt has 
dried, brush it out of your oven. Most of the stain should be 

*Clean the microwave.

If the spills in the microwave are fossilized, mix together 
2 Tbsp. of lemon juice or vinegar and 2 cups of water in a 4 
cup glass microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for two to 
three minutes. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe the micro-
wave with paper towels. Repeat as necessary.

* Don't mix ammonia and bleach because it will create toxic 

* Burned on food in a pan

To quickly clean burned food on a pan, add some dish soap and 
1/2" of water. Bring to a boil, then let the liquid cool in 
the pan. The burned food will be easy to remove.

*Sluggish Drains

To clean sluggish drains, pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the 
drain. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover the drain. Let 
this mixture foam for a few minutes, then pour 8 cups of 
boiling water down the drain. to flush it. Do not use this 
combination after using any commercial drain opener or cleaner.

* Dirty Coffee Makers

Clean your coffee maker every few weeks by filling the water  
reservoir with equal parts white vinegar and water and putting 
it through the brew cycle. Then use clean fresh water and 
repeat the brew cycle to rinse the machine. Repeat with fresh 
water two more times.

* Blender Fiascos

To clean a blender, squirt a few drops of liquid soap into it, 
fill halfway with warm water, cover and blend away the mess. 
Rinse and repeat if necessary.

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-For your own window washing solution, mix 1/3 cup vinegar 
and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol in a 1 quart spray bottle. Fill 
up with water.

-Dry baking soda cleans chrome perfectly.

-Cream of tartar and water mixed to a paste will clean porcelain.

-A paste of baking soda and water will clean coffee stains.

-Plain liquid Ivory soap mixed with water is one of the best 
all-purpose cleaners. You can keep this solution in a spray 
bottle, but only use a bit of soap or the mixture may become 
too foamy to spray.

-Half a lemon dipped in table salt to clean copper pots.

* Cleaning Sponges

For years, it has been said that people looking for an easy 
way to disinfect their soiled sponges, which can become 
remarkable germ magnets, can pop them in the microwave. The 
practice has become common. But is it effective?

In recent years, at least two studies have put the claim to 
the test, and both have confirmed it. The most recent, 
published in the December 2006 issue of The Journal of 
Environmental Health, found that microwaving kitchen sponges 
and other scrubbing pads for one to two minutes at full power 
could reduce levels of bacteria, including E. coli and other 
common causes of food-borne illness, by more than 99 percent.

A previous study in 1999 found that many bacteria are 
eliminated within the first 15 seconds of being heated by 
microwave, and that only E. coli survive longer than 30 

To avoid fires or overheating, the authors of the 2006 study  
recommended that only damp sponges and those without metal 
be zapped. But some experts say the practice poses a safety 
hazard and should be discouraged. Some news accounts have 
described cases in which kitchen sponges caught fire while 
being cooked by microwave.

Other studies have found a safer alternative: soaking soiled 
sponges in diluted solutions of bleach, which is just as 
effective as heating. I use dishwasher liquid....the one for 
the machine...and wash the sponge with the bleachy liquid.

Then again, there is an even simpler option: tossing the sponge 
out and getting a new one.

THE BOTTOM LINE Although effective as a sterilizer, microwaving  
kitchen sponges can pose a safety hazard.

Okay...now you're ready to tackle those inevitable spills and 
thrills in the kitchen.  If you've got any tips...send them 
in. Share!


Questions...Comments...? email Lizzy


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