5 Time Saving Kitchen Cleaning Tips You Probably Didn’t Know!

Cleaning the appliances can be a tough task post a really long cook. The microwave, blender, pans etc. are important appliances for any home cook and are required more often than not and thus need to be clean at all times.

To make this task simpler and less messy we’ve covered some simple hacks to help you clean your appliances within minutes be it grime, oil stains etc.

The Microwave

One of the simplest ways to clean a microwave is to set in a few wet paper towels and turn up the heat for about 4-5 minutes. It’s simple science, the steam from the towels moistens the grime and stains. Using the damp towels now wipe clean the microwave.

To get rid of the foul smell combine 1 cup of water with half a lemon and run the microwave for 4-5 minutes again and let rest for another 5 minutes.

clean a microwave


For those looking to take up their health quotient up a notch this summers vegetables and fruit smoothies will play an important role but cleaning the blender post a shake can be time-consuming but doesn’t have to be.

All you need to do is pour in some hot water, add a few drops of dishwasher soap and once again run the blender for 10-15 seconds. Rinse out the residue and voila, your blender’s usable again.

Cast-Iron Pan

A pan is often the most used appliance and cleaning it with liquid soap or a steel scrubber may seem the ideal way to get rid of the grease but truth be told only damages the non-stick surface. Props to kitchenguyd.com for sharing this one with us.

To clean it, rub salt if a simple wash doesn’t work. Let the salt rest for a few seconds and wipe clean the pan with a cotton cloth. To maintain non-stick coating dab some cooking oil.

Cast-Iron Pan Cleaning

Coffee Grinder

Have you ever used your coffee grinder to grind more than just beans? Have you been mixing spices and other food items in it? If yes, well, then your coffee taste may start to change.

To get rid of the other tastes and smell you can run the grinder with hot water. To clean the filter or clear the grinder of limescale a mixture of vinegar and lime is ideal.

The Fridge

Since you’d be storing all the leftover in food containers, the fridge is likely to have lots spills and drips. To clean it up switch off the fridge and clear out all the containers, bottles etc. lying inside, also remove the shelves, trays etc.

Now clean up everything using a damp cloth while the trays and shelves can be cleaned with dishwasher soap. Put back all the parts and containers once it’s completely dry. Also, clean the kitchen area behind the fridge using a vacuum as it’s often the dirtiest part of any kitchen.

Cleaning of the Fridge

We Cleaned Up!

Running a bakery business, specifically for smashing cakes, can be a lot of fun! The only downside to it is that we do have a lot of cleaning to do, both inside the store and outside the store. This means that we have to take care of our equipment, and at the same time make sure that the shop looks pristine when our guests come in. One thing that I noticed when I came into my shop today though is that our sidewalk and area of the parking lot was a bit messy.

Luckily, our friend Andrew runs a cool business by the name of ViperTech Mobile, and well let us say that he took care of our problem outside. Now, I’m a little biased, and the reason I chose Andrew is because I’ve been knowing him for a long time and, apart from verifying that the work he does is good, I’ve taken into account the fact that he is to be trusted.

I remember cleaning out the ovens earlier in the day, and making sure that the rest of our baking area had the right amount of cleansing, and I hit my head on the wall It was PAINFUL, but at the same time I could help but to laugh because at any time of the day accidents can happen. I remember in the beginning of my interests in the bakery I would fail miserably in creating the perfect cake, and it would always end me leaving with a feeling of more to be desired.

Beautiful Creations Cake

However, the more I worked on my craft, the more careful I became in my cleaning process the fewer accidents I got into, and the better my cakes came out. I got to the point where my family would constantly ask me for my cakes, and it came to the point where I just knew that I could make a living giving others exactly what they wanted.

Having grown up with Andrew I can verify that the same hiccups, the same hurdles, and the same roadblocks we had to overcome in business have finally been melted away by our desire to become great at what we do, and even setting a brand new standard in the work we represent.

I look forward to showing you more of what we can do at Shop Smash Cake and the beautiful creations cake will be delivering to our clients, so please stay tuned for that. If you haven’t followed me on Twitter yet I suggest that you do so by clicking on the right side of this page to go to my Twitter feed. In there I’ll constantly keep you updated on recent events, and it’s much quicker than coming to the blog, and hey! You can also tweet me any questions you have regarding your first Smash Cake experience.  and we’ll work on answering them for you.

Beautiful Creations Cake

In your service,
Cleo Rabence

Saturday Kick-Off

We’re kicking off our first post with our passion, love, and excitement for our Smash Cake business, and we want to truly be of help to you in getting you the perfect photos, themes, and experience for you and your baby. We want your child to be able to look back twenty years from now with a slight hint of embarrassment and amusement as they see themselves covered in delicious, warm cake!

The smash cake trend, as seen on Today, is spreading like wildfire, but why?

Maybe it has to do with the moment that your baby falls into that cake.

Or, perhaps, it can be your baby’s first smile cake as they plunge into the delicious icing and warmth of the chocolate fluff that they delve into

But, what if it’s the sheer joy and excitement that’s radiated through from your baby as they have the time of their lives?

I mean, just take a look below at Sully enjoying his cake below:

  1. Fun ideas for your baby’s 1st, or 2nd birthday.
  2. Case examples of those ideas coming to life (our favorite).
  3. The people who have helped Shop Smash Cake become what it is

I want to clarify our third point, because of it’s a little bit more different than most other brands.

You see, everything from the cake mixes, our bakers, our photographers, and the people that help keep our venue running effectively and at maximum capacity must be named. Shopsmashcake.com isn’t a one-man job, it’s a team of many people that come together and collaborate to create an impact in the life of one family at a time. Though we can also impact Houston, Texas, and the United States as a whole.

We strongly believe in the ripple effect and we know that the work, the recognition, and the memories that we create today will transcend a lifetime and help impact more people for time to come.

With that being said, we’ll see you on the next one.

Cleo Rabence










Cleo Rabence