Healthy Kitchen Hacks #12 – Spring Cleaning Edition

Healthy Kitchen Hacks is a bi-weekly series on Teaspoon of Spice. We share fellow bloggers’ and our own favorite cooking shortcuts, kitchen tricks and “aha” ideas for making healthy meals and healthy living a snap.

#HealthyKitchenHacks: Clean Your Grill with an Onion, 3 Easy Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal, DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash, Use Tea Bags to Clean Dishes, Clean That Pot On Your Stove. @tspbasil

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If you are like me, you’ll find any excuse not to clean.

Don’t get me wrong – I like things to be clean, neat and orderly but I selfishly don’t want to spend more than 10 minutes hours doing it. (I guess some people feel the same way about cooking while I could spend hours in the kitchen.)

But I can’t complain too much as one of my top marriage perks is that the husband does all the dishes and vacuums regularly.

Still, these spring cleaning tricks are right up my alley – simple cleaning hacks to keeping a healthy kitchen (though you wouldn’t find me doing all of these in the same day – ha.)

1) 3 Easy Ways To Naturally Clean Your Garbage Disposal
via Jill @ThePrairieHomestead

I like this post from Jill because I routinely use all three ways she shows how to naturally clean your garbage disposal. I use the citrus trick just about any time I’m cutting lemons (though I have to psyche myself up to stick my hand down the disposal to retrieve the pulverized rind. Anyone else have that irrational fear that the disposal will somehow turn on with your hand in it?? GAH.)

#HealthyKitchenHacks: 3 Easy Ways To Clean Your Garbage Disposal

2) How To Clean Your Grill With An Onion
via Holley @HolleyGrainger

Talk about an all-natural cleaning. Onion + vinegar or lemon juice + tongs + a little elbow grease is all you need get that grill cleaned up. Holley explains how easily it’s done in her Use Onions To Clean Your Grill post.

(Bonus: Turns out that that onion also makes your grill nonstick according to Cindy @ Skip To My Lou. Score!)

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How to Clean Your Grill with an Onion

3) DIY Fruit & Vegetable Wash
Jo-Anna @APrettyLife

Admittedly, I have never bought any of those produce wash products but I was intrigued by Jo-Anna’s Homemade Fruit & Veggie Wash hack, especially because in general, these washes can help prevent browning and keep more delicate fruit – like berries – fresher longer.

#HealthyKitchenHacks: DIY Fruit & Vegetable Wash

4) Clean Your Pan BEFORE Taking It Off The Stove
via Faith @TheKitchn

The least favorite part of cooking: cleaning up that pan with burnt food stuck to it. But to avoid the steel wool and extra elbow grease, Faith shares how to make this type of clean up a snap by putting the pan back on the stove to clean it (after you removed your meal from the pan first, of course.)

#HealthyKitchenHacks: Clean Your Pot BEFORE You Take It Off The Stove @tspbasil

5) Use Tea Bags To Clean Your Dishes
via @SuperHealthyKids & @TheSavingsExperiment

Ok, so, you didn’t have the time to degrease your pan on the stove via the above tip in your rush to get dinner on the table. So, now you have a sink full of gunky pots and dirty dishes.

Tea bags to the rescue! This video from The Savings Experiment shows how tea bags can help clean up those dishes. (Bonus: watch the entire 2 minute video for more practical uses for tea bags in your home.)

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How To Clean Dishes with Tea Bags

Would you try any of these hacks? Any healthy kitchen or healthy living shortcuts to share? Shoot us an email ( or or share below and we’ll try them out.


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