How to Deep Clean the Kitchen With Flour

This may come as a surprise to you, but you can deep clean just about anything with flour, and I am about to show you how! It’s very quick to set up and there are a lot of benefits to the method. One of the wonderful things about this method, is that it is done with help! Help, did I say? Yes! You will have help with this! Isn’t that wonderful to hear?

How to clean with flour

 

The effectiveness of deep cleaning with flour is your on-the-spot quick allocating of time for this project. This tutorial is for tile or strong hardwood floor kitchens, but it can work for laminate floors and linoleum, too. This is NOT something you plan for day-of, but you can plan prior-to with the following items…

  • Broom and deep dust pan
  • Mr Clean (lemon fresh is my favorite)
  • Large hard bristle broom or brush
  • Large bowl
  • Warm water
  • Trash bag
  • Lots…. and lots… AND LOTS…. of flour
  • Kids (any amount can achieve a desirable effect)

I wasn’t able to take a during picture for this tutorial, because when I started on the project I KNEW I needed 5 mommy minutes to meditate- eyes closed- and pray…. fervently, as well as guzzle a good, strong cup of coffee. Caffeine really helps. You have to embed yourself fullheartedly into the mindset when your DKFC (Deep Kitchen Flour Cleaning) is arranged. If you meditate and pray, beforehand, you will find yourself prepared fully to commit or otherwise, be committed (to a hospital that is. Yes it is that serious, for some people).

The first thing you need to do is finish washing the floor and counters and cupboards, preferably the night before but any time within the past 24 hours is sufficient.  Know that deep cleaning with flour is the best way to make sure you have reached every missed nook and cranny you ever washed.

Then, make sure you fed the kids and that they are ready for the next project. Get them started on that, and go do something that has to get done. Following is a list of examples:

  • Running out to the car to grab some trash or items you left in there you needed
  • Starting a load of laundry and transferring the wet clothes over to the dryer and a clean load onto a couch or other folding area
  • Checking the news on your laptop
  • Going to the bathroom and wiping the counters briefly down afterwards

Mind you, these are just examples. There are thousands of ways you can jump start, but I’m sure this will be the easiest part.

Next walk into the kitchen. If you are a large family as we are, you probably already know how to deep clean with flour as you have probably already done it at least once. If you are a newer large family and have not yet done this method- don’t worry. You will. It happens to us all.

As you enter into the kitchen you will first notice the music in the air. It’s sounds of giggling. Yes! Your helpers have already started and are almost completely done setting everything up for you! Isn’t this wonderful? They have made sure that every nook and cranny of the kitchen floor, lower cabinets and sometimes the windowsills and counters have been prepared for the deep clean.

Think of flour as a highlighting pen. It shows you all the sticky areas on your floor you didn’t know where there. It gets into all the little spaces you didn’t know existed and forces you to concentrate on those areas. How cool is that?

Pre-deep cleaning

Don’t forget to meditate at this point. Yes- the mountain looks too high to climb and your emotions are at an all time high, but prayer helps. So does throwing your arms in the air and yelling, “OH WELL!” Give into it.

At this point I wash my ‘helpers’ and lock  secure them in a room with suitable toys to distract them. They may have already attempted to start the rest of the project without you with a broom however the rest of the project is done without them, otherwise the quality of the deep clean may be jeopardized.

Whatever you do, do not use a vacuum.

I repeat… DO NOT USE A VACUUM.

You may use the vacuum towards the end of sweeping but it’s undesirable to vacuum large amounts of flour unless you want to gum up the vacuum filters. The same goes for deep cleaning with down feathers (but that will be another article).

Flour

Get out your stiff push broom and pan and start to gently encourage the mounds of flour into a central heap in the middle of the kitchen. Throw away the flour in a garbage bag as well as the sack of flour used for this project. In my case, we only used 1/2 a 25lb bag of flour since I had used the rest already.

Cleaning items

After a majority of it has been swept and thrown in the garbage, you may finish up more of the minute flour with a softer broom. Be sure to get up as much as possible.

Next, fill a large bowl with warm water and Mr Clean. Rinse off the bristle brush (mine is detached from it’s stick) and have some towels ready. Pour some of the cleaner water onto the floor and start scrubbing with both hands. Be sure to run with the grout lines with long scrubbing motions to scrub all the flour from the grout as well as the edges of the moldings and baseboards.

Start at one side of the room and work yourself backward, pushing the dirty water towards you into a pile. As it gets cloudy and dirty mop it up with the towel and finish off drying the areas you just scrubbed.

Flour chair

In situations such as this, where flour has efficiently reached those hard-to-clean areas, you may use a vacuum and then finish off with the brush.

Clean

When you are done, make sure you went over wet spots with a towel and your kitchen should look like this. Be sure to go back over it and check for any flour you might have missed. Chances are, you got most of the flour up… as well as dried-on cheerios, any dust or dirt you didn’t know was in that nook or cranny, sticky spots, and your sliding door tracks are clean as new!

After all this is done, you might just check the refrigerator to see if that needs to be deep cleaned, too, like mine did.

Milk

Now you are ready for the next deep cleaning project your helpers have probably been working on while you finished the kitchen!

*DISCLAIMER*

For those who haven’t caught on- one does not intentionally set out to clean anything with flour, however kids love to play in it and eventually we all walk into a flour disaster at one time or another! This post was meant to make light of the cleanup that occurs afterward because, I will tell you- when you first happen upon the scene one of two things happens:

1.) You fall into a heaped mass of noodly flesh and sob

2.) You reach for the camera and make sure to document

Before pictures did not happen because I was not about my right mind at the time and sent them to someone who was to deal with the 4 and 2 yr old ‘helpers’ so that I could concentrate on the job to come. The cleanup took about an hour to finish and now I have half a gallon of flour milk to make something out of.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

Healthy Eating

Hey everyone! This summer has been so busy, I haven’t had time to blog- not to mention my camera battery charger mysteriously disappeared. Pictures are lacking… but I vow to find the charger! I have so much to catch up on!
But I digress- today we’re going to discuss…. diets. Diets and eating healthy and families and what can I make that will taste good for me, too?
My daughter and I decided to go on a diet. I was procrastinating on losing the 25lbs I needed to drop, and my daughter only needed to lose a few she has been gaining with my yummy meals consisting of sausage, cream, and sugar.

I’ve done the South Beach Diet a few times already… actually, it’s the only diet I’ve ever chosen to do. It works, it’s healthy, I love it. We’re entering the end of our first week in Phase I of the South Beach Diet with another week to go but I have already lost 10 lbs.
So, with tonight’s meal so deliciously waiting for me on the stove- I must share! My daughter does not like zucchini. The only way she will eat it is if it’s in bread… which we cannot have. I really was craving a lasagna, but most of the low carb, low fat recipes that do not involve starches have zucchini for the noodles. I saw a recipe where they used spaghetti squash, but we didn’t have that and I wasn’t sure she would like that either since it’s squash.

I looked and looked and looked for a recipe with mock noodles that didnt have any grains or starches which is a no-no on phase I, but I was at a loss. I decided to make my own mock noodles with eggs and kale. I do have to forewarn you- I dont measure things. I dont even know the last time I touched a measuring spoon. I kind of wing it, so I have to make this again and figure out the exact measurements.

Here is my recipe:

Low Carb, Low Fat Mock Noodle Lasagna

Healthy lasagna

Low Carb, Low Fat Mock Noodle Lasagna

Ingredients:

MOCK NOODLES:
Eggs
Chopped Kale
1 tbsp Olive Oil

SAUCE:
Cooked low fat Ground Turkey
Oregano
Basil
Onion Powder
Chopped Canned Tomatoes (no sugar added)
Fennel Seed
Tomato paste (no sugar added)
Garlic Salt
Splenda

FILLING

Eggs
Lowfat ricotta
Lowfat cottage cheese
Low fat cheddar cheese
nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS:

First I make the ‘noodles’. Preheat the oven on broil (this is how I get my oven really hot to start baking). Then, I take a baking sheet and cover it with tinfoil, and pour a little olive oil in it  coating the bottom completely. I take about 6 eggs, beat them, and poured the beaten eggs into the pan completely covering the bottom. Take the chopped kale and sprinkle it, in a line, about how wide and long a noodle would be. You will be cutting this into strips after it cooks.

Mock Egg Noodles

Turn the oven down to 425 and cook for about 5 minutes or until it looks done, checking now and then.
In the meantime, start sauteing some ground turkey in a pan adding the spices to it as it cooks. Then add the chopped tomatoes from the can and the tomato paste until it comes to a rolling boil. Add about 1-2 tbsp of splenda to give it a sweeter kick.

Take the pan out of the oven and pull the tinfoil off setting the whole lot to the side, then replacing a new tinfoil sheet on the pan.  Cut the egg into long strips. Then, gently, slide a knife underneath as to loosen them from the foil and place each strip, upside down, back on the cookie sheet. You are going to rebake this for another few minutes to firm it up.

Mock lasagna strips

Dont you love blurry pictures? Me too. This is what happens when you have children running around you and you are starving.

Grab a bowl and combine the cheeses and 1 egg along with the nutmeg and mix it until well combined.
Ricotta cheese mixture
I take a smallish glass casserole dish to make this in, because this was just for 2 people and there will be leftovers. I then put tinfoil on that (we hate dishes) and lay down a thin layer of the sauce.
Now lay the mock noodles down, and then a layer of the cheese mixture. I didnt make my eggs thick enough so the edge tore on one of my noodles. oh well it all goes to the same place!

LAsagna Assembling

Put more cheese mixture and then another layer of noodles and sauce and then sprinkle a little fat free cheese on top.
I then take the tinfoil I used to rebake the strips and cover the whole thing. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes or until boiling.
Take out and enjoy!

Lagasna

Baby Wearing

With the nice weather on our heels, more people are wondering how to tote baby along easier! For newborns, ‘babywearing’ as the term is coined, is the way to go! You don’t have to haul a stroller around! Not only that, but baby wearing is really great for new little ones- as they feel safer swaddled close to you, hearing your voice and feeling your breath and heartbeat. It is also recommended for colicky babies and helps you keep an eye on them!

One of my favorite ways to carry baby is through the Moby Wrap! I own one, as well as many others I have made, and I made a how-to video a bit ago for those of you confused how to actually use one!

Cupboard Deadspace DIY

Cupboard DIY

If you are anything like me, you have a house with vaulted ceilings and a kitchen with cupboard DEAD SPACE. This is that area above your cupboards that you always wished you could do something with. Most people toss a silk ivy plant or two up there to just break the monotony of emptiness. Others do things like… fill it with a million penguin figurine/stuffed animals… but please, let me highly discourage you from that for many obvious reasons.

dirtycupboardbeforeWhen you first climb up there, oooeeee. You can see where I took a wipe up there and what was left. This is one greasy project, and one for a heavy duty decreasing cleaner. My favorite is Simple Green® and it does a great job, safely. If you had not been up there before and your home was not cleaned from top to bottom recently, you will see exactly what cooking does. The greases from butter, oils, and smoke rise with the heat and settle all over the ceiling, walls, cupboards including the top of your cupboards. That gunk can gather dust as well as dead bugs and SKIN! All this can, over time, rain down onto your food. Yuck!

But I do have some tips for managing that grime!

cupboardmop
1. Clean The Grease. Even standing on my counters, my cupboards are very tall. Everything is hard to reach because I’m not very tall, myself. So I grabbed my handy-dandy extension pole and attached it to my mophead. I sprayed some degreaser on the walls and on top of the cupboards as well as dunked the mophead in a solution and went to town.

silverliningcupboard2. Give It a Silver Lining. The best way to manage the upper grease on the cupboards and prevent it from settling is to line it with aluminum foil. You could use wax paper, but I prefer foil and I’m about to show you why!

foilglow3. Admire Your New Light. Now you can see what the foil is doing. It is actually filling those dark corners above the cupboards reflecting the kitchen light onto them. Not only that, but when you do your next deep cleaning all you have to do is replace the greasy linty foil with new foil. The foil is also going to protect the cupboards from what we are going to do next.

cupboardlights

4. Add Mood Lighting. Purchase some mini Christmas lights (I got some from Lowe’s for $2.50) and put them up on top of the foil, dropping the plug down inbetween the cupboards. The foil will protect the cupboards, and LED lights will be cooler and cheaper, however the lighting will not be as warm. There are special rope lights you can purchase which is great for this too (mine burned out so I used what I had). I also put a stuffed coffee bag in the corner as a start for my rustic coffee house feel, which I will update you on next! Stay tuned.

Hope this helps you deal with your own empty space!

 

Tips for Pesky Fruit Flies

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Fruit Fly Jar

 

 

One thing we always seem to have laying around is a piece of fruit. We buy tons of fruit as quick snacks for the kids and with them comes the dreaded fruit flies. Along side our fruity kids we have a fruity parrot, ‘Kitty’ (he meows) who is a nectar eater and breeds fruit flies in his cage for a living. So as the swarms get thicker, out comes the home remedies for dealing with them!

All you need is:
Jar
-Plastic Baggie
– small piece of fruit
– Apple cider vinegar
– Rubber band or string

Put the small piece of preferably ripe fruit inside the jar with tbsp of Apple cider vinegar.
Invert a corner of the plastic baggie and poke a smallish hole through the middle. Fit that tightly over the jar with the inside out cone centralized in the middle but not touching the bottom and put the rubber band around the outside edge.
If you have a round ring for canning you can put this on too. The flies will crawl in but they can’t figure out how to get out!

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