I was hoping to start with a decorating project for the first installment of the Kitchen Series, but sometimes reality dictates that cleaning is more important than crafts and DIY projects... especially when my sink looks like this:
I am embarrassed to share that picture, but I'm also real. My kitchen can be a real mess sometimes. For once I have an excuse for this mess and it all begins with my dishwasher...
Recently my dishwashers ability to clean has sucked. I would wash a load and little microscopic bits of... grossness would end up on my dishware after a cycle. I would wash them twice, on the hottest setting, with different detergents; never with any luck. I finally gave up and decided that I would just hand wash everything. But the pile up in the sink was the result.
I should have just contacted my property management, but I am lazy and didn't. I finally decided to conquer the dishwasher problems and googled for some common fixes and found one repeated over and over again, so I decided to give it a try. It was so easy, I can't believe I didn't do this earlier!
What You Need:
White distilled vinegar
Small, dish-washer safe bowl or cup
Pick out any large pieces of "gunk" if you can. Pour vinegar (about a cup...) into the bowl. Place the bowl on the top rack of the empty dishwasher like it is sitting on the counter; so the vinegar is in the cup. Run a cycle of your dishwasher on the hottest cycle. Voila! After the cycle is complete you will have a sparklingly clean dishwasher!
Don't judge the before pictures... just keeping it real here.
|"Gunk" in the bottom of the bowl after the cleaning cycle. Gross.|
Trash Can Re-do (original project)
Hand Towel Hangers (idea from JoAnn at The Creamer Chronicles)
New DIY Floor Mats (ideas from Rachael at Lovely Crafty Home,
DIY Spoon Rest (idea from Meredith at Wait Til Your Father Gets Home)
Personalize the Cat Dishes (idea from Heather at Whipperberry)
Artwork (still figuring this out...)
Deep Clean ... blurg (oven,
dishwasher, floors, fridge, microwave...)
Do you have any easy cleaning tips?
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