There are many germs that hide in cracks and joints. These are places for moisture from the Turkey to get down into and then those liquids that sit under the Turkey while you are working with it get back onto the Turkey and can cause some nasty things to happen to your quest. We sure wouldn't want that to happen. So that means we need to do a deep clean.
The things you will need are...
- Lysol (pine-sol will do as well)
- cloth towels
- dawn dish soap ( to me it is the best at getting rid of grease)
- metal scrubber
- cleaning brush
Prepare your water and make sure to use warm water as warm as you can stand it. I use hot because I have tough hands. ^.^ been a worker all my life in the cleaning industry.
You will need to add just enough Dawn to the water with a cup full of bleach to a big bucket.It should be able to hold about 2 gallons of water. Make sure that you mixed your water well so the detergents mixed together well.Remember to wear gloves. Take your scrubber and be sure to start on the counters first. If you scrub hard enough those stains will even come out.
As your scrubbing be sure to focus on those cracks. there are a few places that should not be forgotten when scrubbing. The above is just as important so don't forget to hit there as well. The vent above the stove is what I am talking about. There is built up sticky stuff along with dust and grease. The dawn will do the work when you smear it on solid and let sit. Then take the scrubber sponge to it.
The reason I work with the vent and on the top of it if you have one like I do that sticks out. It gets grease that builds up and starts to get real sticky. When dust land on it it will stick to the grease and make a nasty sticky mess. If your stove gets heated up it causes that grease to get soft and even melt a little .It can drip into your food and we wouldn't want that. This is a plus as well cause ya only have to do this every 6 months or so.
I have even been caught doing my cabinets.I gets told all the time that why are you scrubbing those for. lol I like a really clean kitchen. I won't even cook if there are dirty dishes in the living room. You don't have to go as far as I do. Just make sure that you scrub those areas really well and you will do good.
Empty your water and get ready for the next area.
Yes this area can be pretty nasty as well and even though the heat inside gets hot enough to kill most germs you should clean it still because of the same reasons. Pieces of burn on food that pops off those baked beans, Las sauna and baked chicken etc. Those drop onto the Turkey and someone sees a small piece of what looks like a noodle laying on the top of the pretty and browned Turkey can make a person not want to eat. What you need to use on the stove can be many things.
- Oven off
- vinegar sprayed onto the area after it is heated and turned off let sit and then clean
You will need to heat the oven up and spray the vinegar onto the inside oven wall and let sit with door to oven closed. Now with oven off the door should be left open. After about an hour of so then get scrubber ready and start preparing that back for some leaning. After your done scrubbing the oven real good now you will need the bucket and water.
You will have to empty the bucket a few time during this. You need the towel for this. Make sure to use an old towel. Leave enough water in the towel so that when rinsing out the oven it wont take as long. Make sure before you start that you place something below the oven door to catch the liquid that drips. Less work to do later. ^.~
Now stand back and look at that clean oven, nice job. ^.~ Momma would be proud.
Most people think that this wont be a problem and also think there is not much to do. lol your wrong if you think this as well.There are lots to do with the fridge. Clean the outside as well. Make sure to keep it nice and pretty so the quest will not touch something that got on it from your kids or spouse.lol I know I wouldn't want to go over to someone else's home for a big dinner and need a glass of soda or water and grab that handle and touch something greasy or food. Would you?
Okay now inside the fridge is old food that needs to go. We have to make room for all those fixings when were preparing them. We also need that room for the left overs . lol Make sure to wash down those shelves and walls. I saw that one of my teens had smeared some chocolate on the wall inside the fridge and I didn't know it. I had a friend come over for dinner that night and they saw it and said something . I didn't blame them one bit. It did have a look of something that would not be seen in the fridge. lol
Don't forget as well to clean out those drawers in the bottom. They hold all those veggies that we need to use. We wouldn't want salmonella. produce is the highest risk of getting salmonella. When using your utensils be sure to clean them before using the same tool on the next veggie. But that is on another blog to come.
Now make sure to use a little bleach not much in the water that your using to wipe out the inside. It keeps smells down as well as germs.
Place a box of Armin hammer backing Soda in the fridge as well to keep down those smells from the diced onions and other smells. Now your done with the fridge. Now over to the freezer side. lol Nope your not done yet.
Now you need room over here as well to freeze those tasty left overs. Start getting rid of things that have been in the fridge too long and if you think you wont use something in there toss it. If ya feel like it is still something that cam be good still but don't really care to through it out then hand it off to a friend or neighbor or just bring it to your local mission. They will love you for it trust me.
Okay now take all that ice that has built up from no one using it or if they did then half your job here is already done. ^.~ The reason for getting rid of that ice is to have it cleaned out and ready for fresh ice to go in.
now clean the inside of the freezer as fast as you can with warm warm water. Reason for having to be fast is because your rage will be wet on the freezer is umm ice cold. ^.^ Okay now your done.
Now I have more to talk about but I don't won't people to run when they see how much they have to read and how much they will have to do. lol
A few other things that I will tell you that need to be done as well is your floors and sinks along with the disposal(the thing in the sink that tears the stuff up so it can go down the drain) Those can be cleaned with bleach and water with a few big drops of dawn in the water. Hot water should be used on the floor so it will dry fast. Be sure to scrub hard as well. The garbage Disposal can have ice thrown into it and turn it on. That cleans it and sharpens those blades as well. Pour some bleach into the disposal will make it smell better and cleans stains in the sink. Okay that will rap it up . I will talk to you all tomorrow.
So keep watching for my newest blog. And please leave me lots of questions. ^.^ right below is just the place to do that. ^.~
LUV LUV LUV it! Thanx for the tip about vinegar for the oven! You learn something new everyday. Don't feel bad, I am a clean freak too. I know what you mean about dirty dishes being a bother, I can't go to sleep with dirty ones in the sink. Keep writing and I will keep coming on to learn new stuff!
Glad to hear I am not the only one that feels like that about the dishes. lol Thank you for coming to pattys Advice hun. Glad to hear that you will keep an eye out for more things. ^.~ welcome back anytime. ohh and if ya have any questions just ask me. ^.^
Vinegar to clean the oven...never knew ...ice cubes can sharpen the disposal,I had no idea..I like your idea's and tips..these are great!!! Now, you can bring your Texas butt to my house and put those tips to use..then you'll have nice little blog on how well it worked..LOL!!! Just kidding, made ya laugh thou!!! Love ya girl, it is so nice to read, and learn new things..will have to tell the house keeper..yep, he's 17 and visiting all week, I might even loan him out to ya!!!
Made ya laugh again huh!!!
Yes You did make me laugh . ^.^ Always love talking to you my sister. O.o sounded weird to say it that way. ^.^ Glad to know I can always teach someone something new. ^.~ Hey if ya have any secrete tips ya would like to share would be very nice. ^.^ and yes send him over...wait until after Thanksgiving dinner . lol
This is great advice Patty. Love the site. Hope you have a great holiday.
You have a great Holiday as well hun. and please come back and visit. ^.~ Your always welcome back. ^.^
Dry your refrigerator very good before u turn it on again. Otherwise it gets frosted on the sides very quick.
yes it does. Thank you for your useful tip hun. Love all the tips you can give. I will display them as your as well. ^.~
i find you sight very helpful i am a young women who grew up with out my mom and i didn't learn some of these things what i would love to ask what will take stains out like red wine and blood?
im so confused about what i should use i dont want to wreck my cloths but i dont want stains eather?? any tips?
Yes oxy Clean is a very well known name and for a good reason. It takes the stains out without harming the cloth. Where Bleach can take all color out and also eat on the fabric causing the fabric to brake down and get ragged with holes and rips easy.As for getting the stain out there are many ways.Make sure to soak the blood stain in cold water and do not let it dry out on the fabric.
The stain will more than likely set. Also never stick anything in your dryer after you wash it if it has stains because the dryer also sets stains. That is one of the things it states on the back of the rit stain bottles. (To set a color you can stick it into the dryer. )
That is why you DO NOT want to let the STAIN dry. For the Win stain You need to treat it right away. Detergents can cause worse trouble so don't use those until the stain is out and gone for good.
Club soda is good for this. You take a cloth that you don't care about and dab it on the stain with the club Soda on the cloth until the stain looks like it is going away and try to keep doing this until the stain has gone.Now if you have bleach you can use it ONLY if the item is white. and use very little.
I would take a white cloth and place a small amount onto the cloth wet the cloth and rub the area on the item. Juts enough though that the wine has gone from the fabric. Then wash. I am sorry to hear you had no mother hunny. I wish I could adopt ya into our family. ^.^ I love more family. ^.~Hope that has helped.
We dont have comet here..what is it used for?
You don't have Comet there? Oh my . I live off comet. My best tool. lol Comet is an abrasive with bleach in it and is in the form of powder. It comes in a long container and is very very widely known and used here in the states by many. Very cheap as well. Gets stains off counter and other areas. Disinfects as well as cleans. Here is a photo of it.
Sorry to sound like a sells woman. lol But I live by that stuff. love it and will be buried with it . ^.^
Whew!! Glad what I consider as "thanksgiving" was over a month ago!!! Just kiddin!!! Some good solid advice, some to even become part of regular clean-up routines =o) I am a huge fan of Clorox clean-up (with lots of ventilation) be surprised what all that will get out!! =o)
^.^ Then do you have Christmas? If so then it isn't over for you yet. ^.~ These are good things to keep for everyday as well. I love those Clorox Clean-up cloths. They come in so handy when your out and about as well as at home. But can get pricie. I can never keep them in stock. I just use my old cloths and then rewash again and again. ^.~ Thanks for coming by hun and come by again ya here. ^.^
Thanks Patty, these are great tips... I knew vinegar was great for glass and walls but i had no idea it would clean the gunk out of the oven.... =)
Oh yes Vinegar has been known to do a lot more than your average things. ^.~ I could make a whole blog about Vinegar . ^.^ Do like I said and heat that oven up and then turn the oven off ,spray with vinegar,let sit until cooled,then scrub making sure to have a bucket of water near by. lol Comet is also good but can scratch the surface. So if you choose to use comet then get soft scrub comet. ^.~
great blog some of the things u mention i do or have done but u also gave me a few new ideas tks
Thats why I am here hun. Love to always give what I have learned over these many years. ^.^ Old can be a good things sometimes. lol