More of this: Stocking shelves with yesterday’s news.
Less of that: Scouring away the smell of last week’s forgotten fluke.
A strong refrigerator odor is not only gross but can also be aggressive, seeping into the flavor of milk, eggs, and butter. Newspaper absorbs odors, so scrunch up a few sheets and spritz them with water. Tuck the news balls into corners and drawers overnight to soak up the stench. For odor prevention, use sheets of newspaper to line drawers; replace every couple of weeks.
The Toaster Oven
More of this: Protecting the base with a nonstick liner.
Less of that: Dismantling the unit every time you clean it or going through wads and wads of tinfoil.
A nonstick liner made for a full-size oven can be trimmed to accommodate its little cousin. Remove the drip tray to use as a size guide, cut down a liner with scissors, and place on the bottom of the oven. Grease spills will wipe right off with a damp cloth. Toss the liner in the dishwasher for a deeper cleaning
More of this: Dousing the drain with a baking-soda cocktail.
Less of that: Fighting clogs with harsh chemicals or, worse, a pricey plumber.
Experts warn that some chemical drain cleaners can damage pipes. A once-a-month baking-soda flush could keep you clog-free. Pour ½ cup of soda into the drain, followed by ½ cup of white vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam for five minutes. Rinse with a full kettle of boiling water. Use the same method for drains in the kitchen (or lingering drain odor).
More of this: Giving baked-on Bolognese a hot-towel treatment.
Less of that: Using potentially abrasive cleansers.
The longer spills sit on a stovetop, the more likely they are to fossilize and become a permanent exhibit. Since stove surfaces are prone to scratching when scrubbed, saturate a few cloths in hot water and lay them flat on the stovetop (remove the burners first). Let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe off the softened grime with the cloths (two hands at once!).
More of this: Towel-drying fixtures after you towel off.
Less of that: Spraying and scrubbing soap scum.
The key to keeping soap scum under control is to wipe off moisture and soap residue before it dries and hardens. Hang a spare towel in the bathroom for drying fixtures and corners where water tends to gather. Soap scum develops when calcium in water mixes with fatty acids (often found in bar soaps), so switching to a liquid body wash may help the cause, too. A surprising way to get rid of soap scum that has already built up? A damp dryer sheet.
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