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Post Holiday Clean Up

All the gifts have been opened and plenty of delicious food has been enjoyed, and now you’re left with the task of “un-decorating.”  It can be a depressing task, not just because the holidays are over, but because it can seem overwhelming.

Here are some great tips for post-holiday clean up that can help you be organized and ready to go for next year’s festivities.

A good rule of thumb is “get one, toss two.”  If new pots and pans were a gift from the mother-in-law, don’t be offended!  Just pack those old, stained mis-matched ones in a box and drop at the local thrift store.  Have you been storing all those boxes that gifts came in?  Go ahead and use those as you clear away the clutter.

Recycle those Christmas Cards.  It’s great to hear from everyone, and for those of us who are sentimental, it’s hard to just toss those cards, so why not look up some cute recycling ideas on Pintrest?  Cards can be cut and used for gift-tags next year, or made into little ornaments.

Coordinate the take-down with your local municipal collection schedule.  Most cities have holiday solid waste pick up schedules posted on their websites, and this can be helpful information to avoid having boxes and trees curbside for an extended period of time.

Once everything is taken down and safely stored away, it’s time to give us a call at National Dusters and get a deep clean.  You’ve used and abused your oven, microwave and fridge for the past six weeks, so let us give those appliances a little TLC with a good deep clean.  We’ll dust away the tinsel and pine needles, freshen the floorboards, and get your home spic-n-span for the upcoming new year.

Call us today at 612-387-8377

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year from your friends at National Dusters.

Preparing Your Kitchen for Holiday Cooking

We’re almost there, ready to spend a couple days in the kitchen making delicious food to enjoy with those we hold dear.  Every good cook knows that the perfect meal starts with a clean kitchen.  But this year, don’t just “clean” – “clean OUT!”  Restore your kitchen to a clean, organized state by asking some simple questions:
Do I use it?
Do I love it?
Do I need it?
The goal here is to end up with dishes, cookware and utinsels that will serve your needs, and nothing that will cause unnecessary clutter.  Don’t be stingy when deciding to toss, recycle or donate.  What needs to go?  Anything that’s chipped, stained, extra, or completely unused.  Storage containers that have no lids, and lids that have no bottoms need to go, and if course any food that is expired or that you’ve had in the pantry for a year or more.
When it comes to cleaning out service and flatware, it’s ok if you don’t end up with matching sets of dishes, service, and flatware – ecclectic is IN!  The key is to end up with ENOUGH and not too much.  It’s ok to mix and match, and define your own style as you prepare to entertain and delight your guests during the holidays.
Of course you want sanitary conditions in your kitchen, but de-clutter is a great way to start to get ready to ENJOY the holiday festivities.  Happy Cleaning, and Happy Holidays from your friends at National Dusters.

The Pots and Pans You Really Need

Whether you’re just starting out in a small apartment, or downsizing to an “empty nest,” organizing your kitchen is a great place to begin to organize your home.  With so many kitchen tools available on the market, it’s hard to know what you actually NEED; what’s actually worth taking up that valuable cupboard space.

Most cooking experts agree, the pots and pans you can do the most work with, and which will be the most versatile are:

  • 8″ non-stick skillet
  • 10″ stainless steel skillet
  • Large stainless steel stock pot
  • 12″ Cast Iron Skillet
  • 4 quart stainless steel sauce pot
  • Colander

With these items you can do everything from fry an egg and prepare stir-fry for four, to simmer delicious chili and traditional cornbread for eight.  Most of these items can serve dual purpose, like a glass bowl over the sauce pot can serve as a double boiler, and the cast-iron skillet can serve as baking pan for hearty beer and corn breads.

That myriad of selection at the local kitchen specialty store may be shiny and pretty, but if you get creative, you can do just as much with fewer tools and an organized kitchen!  Happy and Healthy Cooking from your friends at National Dusters.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips – From Cabinet to Countertop

Every kitchen needs a deep clean now and then. Sometimes, though it may appear clean, there’s deep seeded grime that you may not realize is a problem through daily use. Let’s get right into it and point out some great kitchen cleaning tips – from cabinet to countertop.

Cleaning Stone Countertops

Refresh your granite or stone. You can remove most coffee, juice or other stains with a hydrogen peroxide / water solution. Kitchen designer Florence Perchuk, says a few drops of ammonia added to this solution does the ultimate trick. For everyday wear and tear of your stone countertops, buff away small scratches with superfine dry steel wool called “grade 0000.”

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What is the Best Way to Clean Grout?

One of the best home remedies out there is to mix baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Pour half a cup of baking soda into 2 gallons of water. The baking soda cleaner should take most stains out of grout, as well. If there are tough stains, don’t flood the grout with a cleaner – that is not effective. For serious discoloration you need to call in a pro. Removing the grout is only necessary when it’s cracked and water can seep through and damage the floor underneath.

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How to Shine Your Kitchen Floors

The endless task of presenting your home in a brilliant fashion, starts with the gathering place for family, friends and company – the kitchen. So how do you keep those floors beautiful? Shine your kitchen floors with vinegar. For wood floors, get yourself a bucket and mix nine parts warm water to one part white vinegar. Its an inexpensive, age-old trick that makes your floors dazzle with sparkle!

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How to Remove Tarnish from Brass, Pots & Pans

Wait for it… KETCHUP. That’s right, ketchup. Now there’s a better use for Americans to re-purpose their ketchup desires. And it won’t even matter if high fructose corn syrup is in it or not. To remove tarnish from copper and brass fixtures, pots, and pans, just dab some onto a soft cloth and gently rub. Finish by rinsing with warm water.

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De-Gunk Your Cabinets

Every kitchen has this problem; cabinet “gunk”.  Bacon grease, boiling water, sautéing veggies, etc. It all gets in that wood and all over your hardware. What to do? This DIY cleaning staple is as widely known (or an unknown hidden gem..) as vinegar and baking soda.

Make a solution that is one part vegetable oil and two parts baking soda. This will result in a magical solution for cleaning gunky kitchen cabinets. Work the wood with a sponge, old toothbrush or maybe even your hands. Whatever works!

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Little Unknown Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Now for the fun stuff; the stuff we use everyday that probably irritates you.

How to Clean Your Blender

This is a tip that has  cropped up on the internet. After you pour your smoothie or drink from your blender, take the pitcher straight to the sink. Put in a little water and a drop of dish soap, then put it back on the blender, and turn it on for 20 seconds. Rinse it out and you’re done. BOOM!

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How to Power Clean Your Microwave

The quickest way to clean a microwave oven is to place a handful of wet paper towels inside and run it on High for about 3 minutes. The steam from the towels will soften everything sticking to the walls. Once the paper towels are safe to touch, simply pick them up and sue them to wipe the interior of the microwave down.

To deodorize the microwave, combine 1 cup of water with a half cup of lemon juice in a measuring cup or a mug and also heat it on high for about 3 minutes. Let it stand for 10 minutes or so afterward and you’re now smelling sweet!

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How to Refresh Your Coffee Pot

Your coffee pot, we suspect, is the most used item in your home. If you have a glass pot in your setup, it can very quickly develop a brown haze all over, especially if you leave it warming for long periods of time. The quickest cure we can find to eliminating this grossness involves ice, salt and a lemon.

Fill the empty jug a quarter full of ice. Cut the lemon into quarters and squeeze two of the quarters into the jug. Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Swirl the mixture in the jug for 2 minutes and the inside surface will quickly come clean. Rinse it out; you’re ready to fuel up again!

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Clean Your Cast Iron Pans

If you’re a Chef or cook of sorts, you know that you should never use liquid soap on a cast-iron pan and never scrub it with anything abrasive if you want to maintain its well-oiled nonstick surface. And you absolutely should NEVER run them through the dishwasher. So should you clean it?

One simple answer. SALT. If the pan will not rinse clean with water and a soft dishcloth, rub it with a few tablespoons of salt and a paper towel, and rinse. You can replenish the oil film by coating the inside surface of the pan with a dab of cooking oil.

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These are some of our favorite DIY kitchen cleaning tips and solutions that are out there for you to try. However, all of this still begs the question… Do you have the time and energy to do all of this work?

National Dusters provides weekly and monthly maid services to help you in the kitchen and beyond with all of your household cleaning needs. We can even de-gunk the cabinet.. just ask 🙂

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