Time Saving Cleaning Hacks for the Busy Travel Nurse: The Kitchen

July 9 / Posted by Christi Hintz

You’re in a new space for 13 weeks, and one of the things you’ve got to figure out is how to keep it clean without spending all of your time cleaning it. After all, you want to spend some time experiencing this new place that you’re visiting during your travel assignment, right? So skip all the scrubbing and stressing and try out a few of these cleaning tips for the kitchen that will help free up time for the things you really want to do.


Steam The Microwave


No one enjoys scrubbing the microwave. But you don’t have to work so hard at cleaning this appliance if you know this trick.


The Tasty Bite Blog recommends loosening caked on food from your microwave by microwaving a damp paper towel. They suggest a few paper towels, dampened with water and a bit of vinegar or lemon juice, microwaved for about a minute. Afterwards, go ahead and wipe down the inside of the microwave- you shouldn’t have to scrub to get it clean now! Just don’t forget to let the paper towels cool down a bit before using them.


Thanks to The Tasty Bite Blog for providing this great tip that will change the way we clean our microwaves. They have even more kitchen cleaning tips in their article here.


Save a Scorched Pan


If you’ve ever scorched a pan, you may know the pain of soaking, scrubbing, and sweating over the pan trying to revive it from it’s sorry state. Well, not anymore- this tip from Apartment Therapy promises to help you get that grime off your pan without all the hard work.


You can find the instructions (in recipe form!) on the Apartment Therapy Blog here, but here’s a quick rundown: Place the burnt pan on your stove and fill it with enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, along with a cup of white vinegar. Boil this concoction and then take it off the stove, add two tablespoons of baking soda, and let if fizz. Empty the pan and scrub with a scouring pan- it should be much easier to get the burnt bits off now.


For more home tips, you can check out Apartment Therapy’s website.


Pre-empt the Refrigerator Mess


Mommy Savers knows that a little preparation can save you a lot of time in the long run, and that is the philosophy behind this tip.


Mommy Savers suggests lining your refrigerator shelves with Glad Press and Seal. This way, the spills that inevitably happen throughout your stay will be as easy to clean as peeling the Press and Seal off and placing a new layer.


Start with a Clean Slate


The Kitchn has lots of tips for keeping your kitchen clean without breaking a sweat. One of their suggestions? Make sure your sink and dishwasher are clean and ready to go when you start cooking. This way, it’s much easier to clean as you go and load your dishwasher while you’re waiting on your food.


What are your best tips for getting and keeping your housing clean while on assignment? Provide your own advice in the comments below, and help out your fellow travel nurses.  .

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