How to clean annoying messes on your kitchen appliances and tools
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.