Oven Make a paste from equal parts baking soda, vinegar, and water. Generously coat the inside of a room temperature oven with this mixture. Allow to stand several hours or overnight. Wipe clean. Vacuum crumbs from under oven. dishwasher Pour about 2 cups vinegar into a bowl and place near the middle of the dishwasher on the bottom rack. Run the dishwasher through a normal cycle without detergent to clean and sanitize. Stove TopMix a few drops of water into equal parts dish soap and baking soda. Rub the paste onto the surface and let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth. Buff dry. microwave Add a splash of lemon juice to a small bowl of water; microwave for 1 minute. Keep door closed and allow steam to loosen grime on inside; wipe down. Microwave damp dishcloth 1 minute or until steaming to sanitize. all about appliances Pour a half-and-half mix of water and vinegar into the coffee maker water chamber and brew. For tough stains, stop brewing halfway through and let the solution sit in the machine for about an hour; then resume brewing. Finally, run a few cycles of clean water through it. make a better brew 1 Tidy up Start by washing and putting away dishes, emptying trash, and decluttering surfaces. 2 purge Sort through cupboards, drawers, pantry items, and kitchen tools. Check expiration dates on foods. Decide whether to keep, donate, or discard items. 3 wipe surfaces Wipe down anything sitting on your countertops, including stand mixers, toasters, and utensil caddies. Wipe down cupboards and drawers inside and out (don’t forget the knobs). Wash windows. 4 clean appliances Refer to the tips, below and right, for tackling appliances. Remove mineral deposits from your coffeemaker and clean crumbs from your toaster. Clean your oven, stove top, microwave, and dishwasher. 5 wash floors Shake out rugs and wash them, as needed. Sweep or vacuum the floors. Wash and polish floors or make an appointment to have the carpet cleaned. L et’s clear the air on kitchen cleaners: It’s possible to spring-clean your kitchen without overloading on chemicals, toxins, and a jumble of spray bottles. Use Fresh Thyme Farmers Market earth-friendly all-purpose cleaning products, or pick up a few simple ingredients at the store—vinegar, salt, baking soda, and lemons—and use our tips, below, to make your own cleansers. remove stuck-on food from stainless pans using a mixture of olive oil and coarse salt; rinse and dry. Get your kitchen clean it's Spring! Pans & Pots Set aside a sunny weekend to deep clean your kitchen while opening your windows to let in refreshing spring air. . Break it down freshthyme.com | March/April 2018 25 024-027 Good Clean Fun.indd 25 2/12/18 12:51 PM