Thursday, August 11, 2016

Life Hack Friday

Dont you love these little tips and tricks we know as life hacks? I love them. And I learn so much from all of you when you comment on my life hacks. 

One of my favorite life hacks for the kitchen comes when I need to clean the microwave. I have been doing this since I first owned a microwave. I didn't own a microwave oven until 1984. After I graduated from nursing school. Did you know that the first microwave oven came around 1946? And it stood 6 feet tall and weighed over 750 pounds. That is one big microwave!! You can check out the history of the microwave oven here, if you are interested.

Anyway, back to cleaning the darn thing. I cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a cup of hot water (I use my 2 cup measuring cup) drop in the lemon and zap it in the microwave for around 3 minutes. My microwave isn't a big, powerful one so you might need to adjust the time. And then I open the door, inhale that wonderful lemon smell and wipe down the inside with a cloth. Presto!! Clean. If I don't have any lemons I use lemon juice. How do you clean your microwave?? Do you have another favorite kitchen life hack to share??

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  1. I usually just steam up mine with regular water then wipe it down, but using lemon juice sounds wonderful...I can just imagine the fresh smell.

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    1. Plain water works just as good. But I love the smell of the lemon. And it leaves my oven smelling so good for a few days!

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  2. I can't imagine the size of that first microwave! Good idea with the lemon, never heard of that. I just clean the whole kitchen with pine sol mixed with water.

    Betty

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    1. Do you clean inside the oven with pinesol?

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  3. I usually just heat a plain cup of water but a lemon sounds good!
    Kitchen Hacks...I make my own ice bowls when going to a picnic. I take the bowl I will serve in and weigh it down in another large bowl, that largest bowl gets filled with water about 2 inches from the top and then I put the whole thing in the freezer. The next day I fill my serving bowl and cover it in plastic wrap. Then I put the whole thing in a cooler! Works great for me! :)

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    1. That is a great hack. I will give that a try!!

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  4. I freeze over ripe bananas right in their own skin. I take them out when I have enough for banana bread, let them thaw a little on the counter before I cut the end off of the banana and squeeze it into the mixing bowl. The bananas are extra sweet this way. They look like slimy yuck but trust me when I tell you they make the BEST bread. Try it!

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    1. That is a good idea with the bananas! I will try it and let you know. Usually bananas don't last long enough for me to freeze any!! LOL

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  5. I've been using vinegar water all this time ... phewy, yes. Not any more! The aroma of fresh lemon is wonderfully refreshing. Thanks for sharing this, Paula!

    Between my junior and senior years of high school (67-68) they installed a microwave in the student cafeteria. I think I was mostly fascinated, watching the cellophane-wrapped burgers swell up while cooking. Eating them was just anti-climatic.

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    1. Ha! Ha! Yes, I heat vinegar in the microwave to make a spray to clean the shower (mix it with Dawn dish soap) and it is stinky. Yes, I remember some of those old microwaves too!!

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  6. I use plain water most of the time, but I don't wipe as soon as the three minutes are up. I let the steam stay in there for a couple minutes longer and then wipe down. Lemon after fish or onions or something else that lingers. Let's see...not a hack really, but ever since GN's mom was a baby and I was living on my own. I cut a manilla envelope down to make a biggish pocket and I taped it to the inside of one kitchen cupboard door. Inside that pocket I have always kept basic first aid instructions, wound care, grease fires, kitchen concerns, etc. It wasn't only for me, but for Angel as she got old enough to be home alone, and then for GN as well. I haven't had to use it often, but when I did, it was handy.

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    1. That is a great idea! Plain water does work well! I just like the lemon smell! I love anything citrusy.

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  7. And here I was, just wiping it down all this time...

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    1. LOL! Start squeezing those lemons, girl!!

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  8. I remember when my Mom got her microwave in the 70's. We would all go over there and zap hot dogs and sandwiches. We thought it was the most amazing thing ever and it was a luxury we could not afford for another 10 yrs.

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    1. I didn't get my first microwave until I graduated nursing school. About the same time we also got a VCR. And both were expensive. How times have changed!!

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  9. Yes, the old microwaves were very cumbersome. I will give the lemon thing a try. I just wipe mine out.

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    1. The lemon will take away all the odors!

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