Keeping House: Cleaning Tips from Chef Nick Part 2

See part one of Nick's cleaning tips here

Part two of  the cleanings stars with the dreaded post-Christmas oven clean.  Open the oven door, and remove the shelves.  Leave them to soak in a sink full of detergent and very hot water.  If you have a vacuum with a hose attachment, run it around the inside of the oven, to pick up any loose carbon or whatever is inside.  Now, apply your oven cleaner according to the instructions on the bottle.  Use extreme caution, and always wear gloves!  

This stuff is full of abrasive chemicals.  Clean your oven as directed by the instructions.  Scrub it hard and all the gunge will scrape off.  Scrub your oven shelves with wire wool until the blackness and stickiness is just a bad memory.  Replace them in the oven.

Done all that?  You have earned a cup of tea and a five minute sit down.

Right, let's crack on.  Deep fat fryers need their oil changing every week or two, depending on how often you use them.  Empty the oil into a container, never down the sink!  (It will set like concrete the drainage system).  Then empty the container into a hole in the back garden.  Or keep a container by the bin to store it until you can dispose of it in the proper area.  Clean the insides out with hot water and detergent, using a green scourer (never wire wool).  Dry it out very thoroughly with paper kitchen towel.  And refill with fresh oil.

If you have a kitchen air-vent, it will need a good scrub with detergent hot water and a green scourer.  These things pick up dirt and grease like you would not believe.

Next the sink and drainer.  Change the water and detergent you have been cleaning with, and get fresh, piping hot water and detergent  Take some wire wool and start with the drainer, working along the grooves, scrub it hard, all the way down, along the corners.  Now do the sides of the sink, scrub them like hell, and finally the bottom of the basin. Run some water down the draining board and wash it down into the sink.  Wash out the basin with fresh water and allow to dry on its own.

Finally, the big job.  The floor.  First, open a window, this is important for safety.  Take a mop bucket, and squirt in a little bleach  Add boiling water.  Drop some water on to the floor, minding your feet.  Take the long handled deck-scrubbing brush and start in the far corner.  Scrub the floor from one corner and work your way backwards towards the door.  If the water is hot enough if will evaporate very quickly indeed.  

Well done, you have earned the rest of the afternoon off.  Good food always starts with a clean kitchen.

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