How to Clean a Burnt Pan

Sometimes when we cook and do something else in the same time, accidents happen and the food burns and sticks to the bottom of the pan. This is quite an unpleasant, but a very common situation. At least, it happens very often to me.

Most people usually rub and scrub their burnt utensils for hours, using expensive detergents and other materials. This is extremely unnecessary, as you have all you need in your kitchen cupboard, and all you have to do is to put some thought into your actions. Here are three techniques to clean your burnt pan, which I learned from a professional cleaner.

  • As soon as you throw away or eat what you’ve cooked/burnt, fill in the pan with water and put it back on the stove. Leave the water to start boiling and add a tablespoon of salt to it. Switch off the appliance, leave the pan for an hour and wash it afterwards.
  • The second method is almost the same as the first but instead of putting salt you must put baking soda into the water, and leave it to boil a couple of minutes more. Let the water to cool down, throw away the solution, and rub the burnt food from the pan with the back side of a sponge.
  • The last technique, is also with natural products. Put a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda into the burnt pan, and pour one cup of vinegar over them. The products will start fuzzing, but when they calm down, fill up the pan with water and put it on the stove until it starts boiling. When the water cools down, the cleaning of your pan will be a piece of cake.

How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board Naturally

With no doubt I claim that the wooden cutting boards are the most convenient and practical ones. Their only disadvantage is that they are hard to clean and maintain. The biggest enemies of the wooden cutting board are grease, spices, onion, garlic and fish. Do you want your cutting board to smell nice and be clean? If yes, here are several tips for cleaning your cutting board naturally.

Salt and Lemon Juice

Pour enough quantity of cooking salt directly on the cutting board. Squeeze some lemon juice over it and then rub the mixture into the wooden surface with a sponge. It’s good to leave it like that for a couple of hours. The lemon juice will be absorbed and the salt will dry out. If there is any moisture left, wipe it with a paper towel.

If you don’t have time for the whole procedure, you can simply rub the wood with the leftovers of a peeled lemon – it will clean and deodorise the cutting board immediately.

Baking Soda

In the centre of the cutting board make a solution of 4-5 spoons of baking soda and several spoons of water. Spread the paste gently over the surface and rub it until the cutting board starts to smell. This means that the pores of the wood are open and all the bad smells layered in it are coming out. After that, rinse well with water and absorb with a paper towel.


You can maintain the wooden cutting board regularly with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water. Simply rinse the board with the solution and let it dry in vertical position. The vinegar guarantees that there will be no bacteria or bad smell on the cutting board, once it’s completely dry.


The numerous washing of the wood with abrasive detergents and then the process of drying can cause cracking and fissuring of the surface. In order to increase the life time of your cutting board you should carefully spread beeswax or almond butter on its surface.

Cleaning With Vinegar – The Cheapest Method Possible

You may or may not be aware that White distilled vinegar is just the job for a multitude of household cleaning tasks. Cleaning with Vinegar is great for killing germs, bacteria and mold, this is due to the high levels of acidity, it really is a great alternative to using harsh, powerful chemicals. Not to mention its good for the environment is very cost effective.

Here are some great cleaning tips that make use of undiluted white vinegar

  • A cloth soaked in it is great for cleaning your counter tops, it will kill all the germs and bacteria too.
  • Do you have a smelly drain ? No problem mix one cup of baking soda with one cup of it, pour down the offending drain and leave for 10 minutes before washing away.
  • Mix 1 part water with 1 part white distilled vinegar and use this with a cloth to clean the shelves and the walls of your fridge.
  • Keep the inside of your dishwasher clean and sparkling by pouring a cup of it inside and running through a cycle.  If you repeat this on a regular basis, the inside of your dishwasher will soon look like new again.
  • Do you get limescale building up inside your kettle ? Add a cup of it to the water in the kettle, bring to the boil, then leave overnight.  In the morning rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  • Do your lunch boxes smell of last weeks lunch ?  Soak a slice of bread in it and leave it in the lunch box overnight.
  • If you find that you have ants in the house in hot weather, they can be discouraged by spraying it, undiluted, around doorways, windows and anywhere else you spot them.
  • If you have every struggled to remove an adhesive label or price tag, then soak a cloth in white  vinegar and cover the offending label.  After being left overnight you will find the label just slides off.
  • If your tile grout is looking old and discolored, you can spray it, undiluted, on the grout, and after a few minutes, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub it clean.
  • Fed up of getting streaky limescale deposits on your shower doors or shower screen ? Spray with it, undiluted, before you take a shower, and say goodbye to streaky glass.

Cleaning Your Home – A Must, Not a Want!

Although we all live distinctly different lives, there are some things that all of us have in common. There are quite a lot of things, actually. One of these, whether we like it or not, is that we have to clean. Of course you may hire someone to do the deep cleaning for you but chances are that everyone has to clean sometimes.

Cleaning is not something we do just to keep our house looking nice. This is, rather a benefit of cleaning. As the house gets cluttered and dirt and dust begins to build up, we see it as a signal to clean. However, there are more important reasons for cleaning your home than just making out houses look nice, important as that may be.

When dust and dirt settle on to surfaces and objects in your home they first sit on the outside surface. Let’s take the floor for example. There is a little dirt from your shoes or dust on the floor. You walk across the floor and what happens? That dirt and dust is ground into the floor. Whether it is a hardwood, linoleum or carpeted floor, the friction of this dirt causes scratching or tearing.

Of course things are made to withstand some of this type of wear and tear, but if you don’t clean often enough, your objects can become damaged. Appliances that are not regularly cleaned can become less efficient and, especially if there are moving parts, can be damaged.

Besides damage done because of dirt, not cleaning regularly can pose other problems as well. For example, if your bathroom goes unscrubbed for too long mold and mildew will start to grow. If this is not taken care of right away it will spread easily. The more it spreads the more deeply rooted it can become, making it much more difficult to remove. Cleaning regularly is a breeze compared to trying to clean surfaces that have been untouched for too long.

It only requires a little bit of time each day to maintain a clean home. Keeping things tidy can be difficult, especially when there are small children around, but scrubbing should not be too hard. Simply choose a room or two to do each day. If you spend a half an hour cleaning each day you will maintain a clean home and the next week when it’s time to clean that room again there will not be too much build up and the job will be simple.

It can sometimes seem like a bore or a challenge to take care of all the cleaning that needs to be done in your house but being systematic about it leaves you with a beautiful home and an easy job every time, instead of a daylong project for one room.