Last week it was all about organizing the kitchen accessories. This week I’m going to show you everything having to do with my sink area: over and above.
Since keeping things organized under the sink seems to be a weak spot for most folks, lets start there, shall we? Here’s a better look at what it’s like under my sink:
- Shaklee Dish washing detergent
- Shaklee Score Off
- Plastic bags in a baby wipes container: check out Re-purposing Baby Wipes Containers for more info.
- Kitchen trash bags
- Tin foil
- saran wrap
- wax paper
- comet (it’s sort of hiding back there behind the baby wipes container)
I like to keep down there whatever I use often and is close by. For example the dishwasher is right next to my sink, hence the reason I have my dish washing detergent right there in the front for easy access. The trash can is directly across from the sink and that’s the reason I have all of my trash and plastic bags there as well. You get the idea.
What I Keep On My Window Sill Above My Sink For Easy Dish Cleaning Access:
- Heavy duty scrubber.
- Pipe Cleaner
- Pot Scraper
How I Wash My Dishes
Perhaps you’re wondering why I have so many different tools for washing my dishes? Part of it has to do with my anal mentality when it comes to dishes, but the other part is for easy cleaning.
I spend the bulk of my time in the kitchen and I absolutely cannot stand it when it’s messy (ehem, something I need to work on not obsessing over). When I was growing up, my parents had a junky dishwasher that didn’t do much for heavy cleaning. So my job was to scrub every single dish before it went into the dishwasher.
Even though we have much better dishwashers these days, I have not been able to break myself of the habit to scrub all the dishes before they go into the dishwasher. So I’ve developed a rather wonderful technique for getting all of the grime off of the dishes.
If you don’t have a dishwasher then this will work wonders for you:
- Soak your dishes in water for at least a minute before proceeding. Sometimes you’ll have to do this longer depending on how dry the particles are.
- Use a Pan Scraper to get off all the thick stuff:
- Buy a sand paper sponge (I get mine from Lowe’s) with a low grit for scrubbing and use it to get all the excess.
- Wash dishes (or load into the dishwasher) with Shaklee’s Hand Dish washing soap with a Scotch-Brite Sponge.
Done! I’m telling you this WORKS! My mother-in-law introduced this idea to me years ago and I’ve been doing it this way ever since.
The Pipe Cleaner is for those really strange dishes you get with areas that a large sponge can’t get to. You can form it to whatever shape you want and it’ll fit in anything. I also have a bottle cleaner I got as a gift just before I had my daughter:
BEST gift I’ve ever gotten that I STILL use even though my kids are far passed the age of using bottles. Mostly I use it to clean my jars these days.
Anyone else want to add? Feel free!
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