I've been nesting BIG TIME with the approaching arrival of baby #2, so for today's helpful savings tip I thought I'd pass along this article Lauralee found with tons of “around the house” cleaning tips!

Good ol' Martha Stewart never disappoints 🙂

Click HERE for the whole article. Here are a few of the tips she gives for cleaning in the Kitchen:

Salt Scrub

Here's the best way to clean cast iron: Scrub it with coarse salt and a soft sponge. The salt, a natural abrasive, absorbs oil and lifts away bits of food while preserving the pan's seasoning. Rinse away salt and wipe dry.



Cleaning Stainless Steel

Conventional wisdom holds that pots and pans should be given a good soak. But every metal has different properties and requires special care. Stainless steel is prone to stains from heat and hard water. To remove them, apply white vinegar with a soft cloth and rub. Always dry thoroughly after washing to prevent a film from forming. Never soak stainless steel cookware; this will result in pitted surfaces.


Lid Racks

Pots take up the least space when you nest them, but that leaves the lids with no place to go. Give them a home of their own by installing metal towel bars inside your pantry door. Don't use fancy or bulky bars — look for simple ones that stand out about 2 inches; mount them only to the rails of solid-core wooden doors. To hang a lid, slide it behind the bar so the knob or handle catches and holds the lid in place.

Dish Rack

Use a cookie sheet to catch drips, and your drying rack won't have to hover at the sink's edge anymore. Available at restaurant-supply stores, the sheet has one-inch vertical sides to prevent runoff wherever you place it. And since it's made of metal, it resists mildew better than a rubber tray or a dish towel.

Bug-Free Pantry Tip

Keep grain moths at bay. To keep tiny bugs out of your pantry, try taping whole dried bay leaves to the sides and bottoms of your shelves. (Remember I shared this and other bug tips HERE)


See, those aren't too bad!

Since you're in the cleaning mood, check out her tips for the other rooms in your house:
Or is that an oxymoron?