How to clean an­noy­ing messes on your kitchen ap­pli­ances and tools

Star-Telegram - - Life & Arts - BY BECKY KRYS­TAL

My fa­vorite kitchen clean­ing strat­egy: Use the dish­washer. Alas, not ev­ery­thing can go in the dish­washer, and these days, mine is so chock-full of reg­u­lar dishes and tod­dler ac­cou­trements that fit­ting any­thing larger than a plate in is bor­der­ing on im­pos­si­ble.

Here are some of my fa­vorite strate­gies for get­ting rid of messes, in­clud­ing on (and in) some of the more an­noy­ing ap­pli­ances and tools to deal with.

Blender: Get­ting the blender into the dish­washer? Good luck. My pre­ferred tac­tic in­volves squirt­ing dish soap into the jar, adding wa­ter and let­ting the blender do its thing. Turn that sucker on high speed and let the sudsy wa­ter clean the sides and blade. De­pend­ing on what you’ve made, you might have to do a few rounds, in­clud­ing one with just wa­ter to rinse. But hey, less scrub­bing by hand is al­ways a plus, in my book.

Wire racks: I re­ally loathe clean­ing these, which is a prob­lem be­cause I use them so much, whether I’m let­ting baked goods cool or giv­ing breaded chicken pieces a few min­utes to let the coat­ing set. All those holes, all that ef­fort! So it struck me as a duh, fore­heads­mack­ing


When you can't use the dish­washer to get kitchen ac­ces­sories clean, some­times a good soak in wa­ter will help.

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