How Clean Up Spills – The Easy Way
No matter how much care you take as you potter about in the kitchen, accidents do happen, and when they do things can get messy. We’ve all been there. We have everything set up neatly, ready to get cooking and then splat! Whether it’s an egg (nightmare), an oil spill or even suds-filled soap, cleaning it up can exhaust our supply of kitchen towels, not to mention patience.
Here are some nifty little tricks to help you deal with spills that spread, stick or slick.
1) The dreaded egg spill
Attempting to clean up egg with paper towels or kitchen roll can be frustrating. Use this easy tip to banish sticky egg spills.
What you will need:
* Salt* Paper towels/newspaper
Steps to clean up the egg spill:
1) Cover with salt
Next time you spill an egg, cover it with some salt. Any kind will do.
2) Leave to absorb
Leave the egg to absorb the salt. This may take a few minutes.
3) Clear up with paper towels
Once the egg has completely absorbed the salt you’ll be able to lift it off the floor with a paper towel very easily. Wipe the area with a cloth and hey presto, no sticky egg white to content with.
2) Flour for all manner of spills
Anyone who has done a little experimenting (messy) in the kitchen, knows that flour works great as a thickening agent for soups and casseroles etc. It’s this very same attribute that makes flour ideal for dealing with spills in the kitchen, on surfaces and floors.
Next time you have an unfortunate accident in the kitchen, follow these steps to soak it up.
What you will need:
* Flour (any type)* A spatula or plastic card
Steps to clean up spills with flour:
1) Dump some flour on top
This technique covers pretty much everything, from pasta sauce to milk, and is actually very easy to cleanup afterwards despite the strange combinations you may end up with.
First of all, spread a handful of flour over the spill.
2) Press and mix
The flour will naturally absorb the mess but you need to give it a helping hand. Press the flour into the spill to help it on its way. You can use a spatula or an old plastic card for this.
3) Scoop and dump
Once the flour has soaked up the spill, you’ll be left with a doughy lump which you can easily scrape up and deposit into the nearest bin. Wipe down the surface and you’re all done.
When it comes to sticky spills like honey or maple syrup, the best way to go is to soak a cloth in hot water and use a little elbow grease.
With these two handy tricks in your cleaning arsenal, spills will no longer give you the chills, as with a dash of salt or a handful of flour, you can easily deal with whatever your kitchen throws at you.