Let’s face it. Crapshifting isn’t at the top of most of our lists of fun things to do. That doesn’t mean, however, we can’t try to sprinkle a pinch of enjoyment into it.
Wait. Enjoyment? Yes! For each of us it may be a little different, but for me, it’s cranking up my jam and wiggling around the house until things are spit spot (and maybe count it as my workout at the same time). It also includes using some of my favorite products to get the job done once, done well. And smelling lovely. Here’s what I keep sinkside to get the job done!
First, all the white powdery goodness in pretty glass containers (corraled in the tray we just made together last week):
On the far left, this magical concoction:
In my neck of the woods we have hard water. Like, rock hard. If we’re not careful, we can etch our glasses to the point of no return. This additive ensures that everything comes out of the dishwasher spot-free and shiny. Yes, please.
Next, in the short little shaker, salt. That’s right. Plain old garden variety salt. Why at the sink? This is what I use to clean my cast iron skillet. It has all the grit I need to scrape off stuck on junk, but no soap or detergent to “unseason” it. Remember, when it comes to cast iron, you want it to stay slick, so no soap, and no dishwashers. Also, make sure that post salt scrubbing, you heat it up on the stove top to dry it out and prevent rusting. Your skillet will thank you. And you’ll have it for years.
Speaking of dishwashers, I expect a lot from mine. This falls into my “do it once, do it well” philosophy, because who wants to wash dishes that have just been washed? Modern versions of dishwashing detergents do not contain the phosphates of yore (thanks, environment), but I have found one that has a natural version of the phosphates I so desperately miss. Behold!
I’m telling you, people, this stuff gets the job done. And a little goes a long way. And you won’t have Greenpeace knocking at your door. Bonus.
Finally, in the shaker that looks like it should be on the table at a local pizzaria with powdered “cheese” in it, this stuff:
If you, too, have a white porcelain sink, run, don’t walk to your local store to getcha some. Believe me, I’ve tried every powdered cleanser out there, and this is hands down the best by far. It removes those funky gray metallic scratches, rust spots (not that we ever leave things in the sink long enough to rust, ahem), and all manner of food and beverage stains. And it is remarkably gentle (read: not terribly gritty) so you don’t have to fear for the long-term beauty of your porcelain sink. White sink owners, rejoice!
That covers everything in my little tray, but there are a few more things I keep close by to make dish scrubbing a bit easier and aromatic.
For the times you really need some extra umph to get the crust off your cookie sheets, these guys. Your nails will thank you.
For everyday scrubbing, these babies brighten up the sink and can easily be cleaned and sanitized in the dishwasher:
I just may ask Santa for one of these to speed the scrubbing process along just a smidge. I’ve been a good girl. Promise.
Finally, the thing that feels like the biggest splurge at my sink:
Truthfully it’s only a smidge more expensive than Dawn, but the smell, people. Heaven. And when you’re slaving away at the sink, who doesn’t need a little bit of heaven! I love the Basil and Lavender scents, but just may order up some Citrus and Clove for the holidays.
For hand washing, I like Williams Sonoma‘s Rosemary Mint hand wash and hand lotion (you’ve got to lube up and take care of those dry post-cleaning hands, people), but it looks like they no longer carry it in the store. Good thing I stocked up when they did.
There you have it, friends. A few things I like to keep crapshifting a bit more fun. What would you add to the list? Are there things you love that bring just a bit of spark to your kitchen chores?