Housekeeping & Cleaning Tools

3 Restaurant Supplies That Will Make Your Kitchen Safer and Healthier — Shopping

In a world that offers seemingly infinite choices in kitchen gear, the streamlined aisles of restaurant supply stores are a haven. I love walking my restaurant supply outlet, with its rows of plain and functional sheet pans, carbon steel skillets, and ladles. This unadorned equipment is designed to be long-lasting and hard-working — and often very cheap!

But a restaurant supply store can also provide another benefit to your kitchen: increased health and safety. Here are three restaurant staples that make my kitchen a safer, healthier place to cook.

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Probiotic Cleaners Are a Thing — Here’s What They Are and How They Work — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

I recently heard about probiotic cleaners and thought, "Come again?" I was obviously familiar with probiotics when it comes to gut health (cue that "activi-ahhhhh" song!) but never in terms of cleaning. Upon further investigation, I learned that these products are marketed as being allergy-free, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and non-GMO — basically all the things you'd want in a cleaner you're using around kids, pets, or yourself.

Naturally, I was curious. So I got on the phone with Robert Meirovich, the CEO of Airbiotics, a company that makes probiotic all-purpose cleaners, to learn more.

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12 Things You Can Do with Bar Keepers Friend — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

Have you ever used Bar Keepers Friend? This hard-surface cleaner has a cult following in cleaning circles. It's made by a family-owned company that manufactures in Indianapolis, Indiana. The active ingredient is oxalic acid, which you can also find in rhubarb, spinach, and other veggies. Bar Keepers Friend is biodegradable and safe for septic systems, too. And it's got a cute back story: It was discovered by accident when a chemist, who was boiling rhubarb, found that the pot he was using got clean as he cooked.

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I Cleaned My Cast Iron Skillet with One of Those Wacky Chain-Mail Scrubbers — I Tried It

My deep, abiding love for cooking in and cleaning my cast iron skillet is no secret. I'm a bit old-fashioned when it comes to maintaining a super-slick, no-stick finish on my pan: I clean it with oil and salt, rinse with water, heat it to dry, and slick it with a little oil before storing. Sure, it sounds like a lot of steps, but the whole process takes about three minutes and I enjoy every second of it. So I was incredibly skeptical of a product that promised to make this task easier and faster. When Sir Scrubbington arrived in the mail, I set out to test it against my favorite method for speed and reliability.

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Get Your Cleaning Tools in Order with This Hanging Rack — Amazon Deal of the Day

Most likely you have an assortment of brooms, mops, and Swiffers, all purchased with the intention of keeping your place clean and tidy.

But let's take a minute to acknowledge that there's really no good place to store these tools — especially when they're not exactly compact. If you're lucky enough to have a large living space, you probably relegate them to a pantry or the garage. But if you're an apartment dweller, we're willing to bet they're all currently shoved into that space between the wall and the fridge (which is the worst place to put them, given the fact you always have difficulty fishing them whenever it's time to clean).

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The Totally Free Super Cleaner You’re Not Using — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

There is something in your kitchen that's a super-cleaning agent, and you're probably not using it often enough. And that's silly — because it's free (or almost free). That super cleaner is boiling water, and it costs about $0.0005 a gallon here in New York City, where everything is expensive!

I think we all know that hot water cleans better than cold water, but boiling-hot water does things that plain ol' hot water can't. Few stains or debris stand a chance against boiling water, and boiling water disinfects surfaces, too. And as long as you wear gloves and make sure you don't pour the stuff on a material that will melt at high temperatures, you're golden. Here are a few ways to use boiling water to clean.

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