by Tammy Taylor
I was recently gifted a hefty supply of pears from the trees of two different friends. How wonderful! Wanting to keep them from going to waste I set to preserving them right away. I peeled, cored, chopped, cooked and canned several pounds of pears over the course of several days. Of course I had to string this task out over several days since you have to cook pear preserves for almost TWO HOURS for that measly 2-3 quart jars of pears. (and that’s AFTER the peeling, coring, chopping duties) It’s a good thing the taste of those pear preserves makes it worth that kind of effort. I’m just sayin’… Aaaanyway when the cooking marathon was done I was left with a kitchen in dire need of a good thorough scrubbing. There was sticky pear juice everywhere!
So after washing all the dishes and putting away all the stock pots, canning supplies, jars and such, I was left with wiping down the counters, cabinets, sink and any appliances I touched while I was working. OK let’s be honest, I needed to wipe down EVERYTHING! As I pulled my spray bottle of cleaner from under the sink I smiled knowing that my cleaner was effective, gentle and SO
cheap inexpensive. What do I use? Just like your mama always told ya – soap & water!
I had a family member save the empty spray bottle from a commercially-produced cleaner, then I rinsed it out & filled it with water and added a quick squirt of grease-cutting dish soap. A gentle swirl and an identifying label & I was ready to go. (please ALWAYS remember to label your cleaners!) It works so well & I enjoy the mild scent that takes the place of the chemically smell of the commercial stuff and I know my homemade kitchen cleaning solution is both gentle and effective.
So between my spray bottle of soapy water & my little shaker jar of baking soda (for when a little extra scrubbing was needed like my poor sinks) along with a trusty cleaning rag – I got busy wiping down everything in that kitchen. I love that it cost so very little and that my ingredients are much gentler on the environment – even the containers are repurposed!
Give it a try – you have nothing to lose except sticky counter tops. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to get back to work cleaning!