The Most Annoying Kitchen Tools to Clean

It’s okay, we’ve all been there. You opt to not use a handy tool in your kitchen for one simple reason: so you don’t have to clean it. Many of these appliances make chopping or shredding or grating a breeze, but along with that comes some very specific…

It’s okay, we’ve all been there. You opt to not use a handy tool in your kitchen for one simple reason: so you don’t have to clean it. Many of these appliances make chopping or shredding or grating a breeze, but along with that comes some very specific cleaning challenges. Sure, the meal turned out great, to rave reviews, but the time spent afterward at the sink sometimes makes you wonder, Was it really worth hauling this thing out? If you’ve spent way too much time scrubbing, destroying sponges, and realizing there are so many other things you’d like to do with your time, here are some foolproof ways to wash some of the most difficult-to-clean tools in your kitchen.

Box Grater

You’ve seen the horror before your very eyes—either stuck-on bits that have hardened over time, or a sponge that is shredded and completely unusable after trying to clean your box grater. It’s so convenient for cheese and veggies, but washing it can be a challenge. The best way is to either soak the grater in hot water right after using it, or gently scrub with vinegar to get those loose bits off. Scrubbing in the opposite direction of how you’d grate should help with any tears. If some of those bits are particularly stubborn, especially with foods like hardened cheese, try soaking overnight, then using a bottle brush to scrub the next day.

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How to Clean Your Keurig (Just In Case You Don’t)

When an appliance in your home is functioning as it’s intended, not many of us stop to perform the routine maintenance it needs, because um, hello? There’s a mile-long to do list for things that are a bit more urgent. Sometimes, though, all it takes is…

When an appliance in your home is functioning as it's intended, not many of us stop to perform the routine maintenance it needs, because um, hello? There's a mile-long to do list for things that are a bit more urgent. Sometimes, though, all it takes is a few minutes and a little exploration of the appliance's parts to discover that A. it's gunkier and funkier than you'd care to admit and B. it actually runs a whole lot better now that you cleaned it. Unfortunately, even the most automatic of appliances in our homes (yep, dishwashers, washing machines, ovens) all need routine cleaning to function properly.

This is especially true when it comes to your coffee maker, which you probably use at least once daily. As it turns out, Keurigs and drip coffee makers can get mineral build-up in their inner workings, not to mention harbor all sorts of harmful bacteria (yeah, gross), which will not only make your brew taste weird, but will also compromise the lifespan of the appliance (and your health!).

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Don’t Toss That Burnt Pan! Here’s How to Clean It

I’ve burned a few pans in my life (who hasn’t?), but my mom definitely takes the cake. I recently got a text from her that read: “Lovely start to my day. Ruined my favorite pan and burned the porch.” This was the photo that came along with it:

I’ve burned a few pans in my life (who hasn’t?), but my mom definitely takes the cake. I recently got a text from her that read: “Lovely start to my day. Ruined my favorite pan and burned the porch.” This was the photo that came along with it:

A burnt pot, aka a kitchen nightmare. Photo by Camryn Rabideau

Apparently she walked away while making hummingbird food—which is essentially just sugar water—and somehow turned it into this monstrosity that looks more like volcanic rock. When she smelled the burning, she grabbed the pot off the stove and put it outside on the porch, forgetting that a hot pan on wooden flooring would result in even more burning. Oops.

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11 Novelty Kitchen Gadgets That Only Have One Job—And I Want Them All

We spent the last year and a half reorganizing, reimagining, and decluttering almost every part of our lives and spaces, but there will always, always be one thing that I’d happily cram into my newly-organized cabinets. That’s right—I’m talking about k…

We spent the last year and a half reorganizing, reimagining, and decluttering almost every part of our lives and spaces, but there will always, always be one thing that I’d happily cram into my newly-organized cabinets. That’s right—I’m talking about kitchen gadgets.

There are kitchen gadgets that are genuinely useful, like potato ricers and avocado slicers. But then there are novelty gadgets that have a singular—and often extremely specific—purpose like a butter cutter or a hands-free stirrer. Turns out, I’m an absolute sucker for any type of novelty tool that has just one job—and on Amazon, there are many.

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This Instant Pot Is 50% Off Today—& Today Only

I’m as big a fan of Thanksgiving as just about anybody—from spending quality time with family to digging into the season’s best recipes (hello, mushroom and celery stuffing), there’s little not to love.

But while I’m a little sad to see the holiday co…

I'm as big a fan of Thanksgiving as just about anybody—from spending quality time with family to digging into the season's best recipes (hello, mushroom and celery stuffing), there's little not to love.

But while I'm a little sad to see the holiday come and go so quickly (goodbye, pumpkin pie), there's always a silver lining: Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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