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Save time — clean your coffee maker and cutting board the right way

by Erica Brosnan / / Source: TODAY

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Who doesn't want to save some time in the kitchen? We recently discovered two smart hacks that will keep your most-used items in optimal shape, while helping cut down on time spent cleaning.

Any coffee lover knows the struggle of a stained coffee carafe. No matter how many times you wash your coffee pot, it's never quite as bright and shiny as when you first bought it. However, just a little bit of vinegar and water could be all you need for a sparkling pot.

Easy steps to a clean coffee maker:

  • To execute this easy hack, you'll need to fill the reservoir with half distilled white vinegar and half water. Turn the coffee maker on and let it brew.
  • Let the coffee pot fill to a few cups then turn it off and let it sit for 45 minutes. Turn it on again to let it finish brewing, then pour the vinegar mix out.
  • Finally, just run water through the maker until the vinegar odor has disappeared.

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Cleaning up after cooking is nobody's favorite chore, especially when it comes to cleaning cutting boards. Scrubbing with soap and water on a sponge can be frustrating, so why not resort to kitchen chemistry to get the best clean?

Easy steps to clean your cutting board:

  • First sprinkle course salt onto the cutting board.
  • Then cut a lemon in half and rub it across the entire surface to scrub off any grime.
  • Let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinse with water and let it dry. Next time you go to use it, it'll be good as new!

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