10 Simple Kitchen Cleaning Tips & Trick

Kitchens are often the heart of the home and the place where everyone congregates. However, the kitchen can house some big messes. Crumbs, spills, grease, and various smells all accumulate in the kitchen. You do not have to accept these messes as a permanent presence because the following tricks are easy ways to keep your kitchen sparkling. The best part? You only need two ingredients, baking soda and lemons. 

1. Stainless Steel Sink

Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the sink and around the drain or garbage disposal. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. With warm water, use a scrubbie or old toothbrush to scrub in circular motions. Rinse and reveal your brand new sink.

2. Garbage Disposal Disasters 

Cut a lemon in half and coat both sides with baking soda. Put the lemon halves down the garbage disposal one at a time and follow each one with a cup of vinegar. Turn on the garbage disposal until the first lemon half is disintegrated and follow with the second. This combination will help eradicate many unwelcome smells lingering in the drain. For an extra deep clean, you can follow up the draining of the lemons and vinegar with putting some ice cubes sprinkled with sea salt down the drain.

3. Microwave Messes 

Boom! Pop! Fizz! The food you put in the microwave is now attacking the walls of the appliance. However, this mess is easily matched with water and lemons. Combine half of a lemon with two cups of water in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave the concoction until it begins to boil. This typically takes about 2 to 3 minutes. The steam from the boiling bowl will do most of the heavy cleaning, just leaving you with the task of simply wiping away of debris.

4. Cooked Cooking Pot 

If the bottom of your pot has turned black with food and burns, mix together a cup of warm water, a cup of vinegar, and three tablespoons of baking soda. After letting the mixture soak, a minimal amount of scrubbing will be enough to reveal a clean pot.

5. Crude Cutting Board 

Wooden cutting boards look great in a kitchen. However, these porous surfaces can absorb and grow bacteria. In order to make sure your cutting board is safe and ready to use, sprinkle half a lemon with coarse sea salt. Use the salt coated lemon half to scrub and disinfect the cutting board. This gentle method will get rid of any debris hiding beneath the surface without damaging the wooden board.

6. Overcooked Oven

Cleaning the inside of your oven may seem like an impossible task. By using a simple paste made from baking soda, water, and dish soap, the impossible task can be done in under thirty minutes. To prepare, pour one cup of baking soda and one tablespoon of dish soap into a bowl. Stir the two ingredients together and then slowly add water until it makes a paste. Coat the inside of the oven with your paste, letting it sit for fifteen minutes. After the time is up, use a wet scrub or scour pad (depending on the condition of your appliance) in circular motions to start cleaning the oven. Once finished, wet a rag to remove the paste and dry the oven with a cloth rag. The oven should now look clean, and you shouldn’t be too tired.

7. Cloudy Coffee Pots

Perhaps your ever essential coffee pot is looking a little worse for the wear. To get rid of the unavoidable brown tint, fill the carafe two-thirds full with ice cubes. Cut a lemon into quarters squeezing and dropping the lemon slices into the carafe with the ice. Add a dash of salt on top. Swirl the mixture around for a few minutes, dump it out, and rinse with warm water to reveal a clear pot. 

8. Contaminated Cabinets

Cabinets have a tendency to get a little tacky after being opened with sticky fingers and in an environment filled with fumes. In order to clean your cabinets without damage, mix together two parts lemon and one part vegetable oil. This homemade paste can be worked into cabinets with your hands to minimize abrasiveness. The paste can also be used in conjunction with a scrub or toothbrush for extra dirty spots. Wipe away the paste with a damp rag for clean, shiny cabinets.

9. Foul Fruit Flies

A swarm of fruit flies is always a disheartening sight, but it is not an unfixable problem. Cut a lemon in half and put it in your oven for ten to twelve hours, usually overnight. In the morning, broil the lemon halves for five minutes. This will leave you with a fresh smelling kitchen that is free of fruit flies.

10. Rancid Refrigerator 

A stale smell pervading the inside of your refrigerator can be quickly prevented by putting a box of baking soda on a shelf. You can use a box of baking soda that is past its expiration or fill a cup halfway with fresh baking soda. Both methods will be effective and keep the fridge odor-free.

So for the next time everyone begins to congregate in the kitchen, you can relax and revel in, both, the company and the sparkling cabinets. And while it’s not guaranteed your kitchen will always stay clean, we can help you rest easy knowing it will just take a box of baking soda and a bag of lemons to restore it. 

Product Review: Cove 24” Dishwasher with Water Softener – Panel Ready

Are your dishes starting to stack up? The cleanup doesn’t have to be hard when you have the Cove 24” Dishwasher with Water Softener. Built with premium-grade materials, the Cove dishwasher is designed to last a minimum of 20 years. This high performance dishwasher is perfect for cleaning up even the biggest messes and operates in near silence that never interrupts what you’re doing.

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The Cove Dishwasher is perfect for any home because it adapts easily to differently shaped dishes and glasses with its height-adjustable middle rack and fold-down tines, so you don’t ever have to worry about not being able to fit certain items. It adjusts the amount of salt used per wash according to the hardness level of your water for the most accurate wash. The Cove removes food and grease with three powerful spray arms and has custom wash and dry options for different soil levels. It filters food efficiently through fine mesh for cleaner water throughout every cycle, so you’re dishes will always emerge spotlessly clean.

Hate drying your dishes before putting them away? With the Cove, every type of dish, utensil and pan will be thoroughly dried with a hot rinse and fan assist feature. You can monitor the cycle process and even start a new cycle remotely. You’ll also receive alerts when the rinse aid is low and needs to be refilled.

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This dishwasher is easily adaptable and designed to blend into the existing look of your kitchen, or it can be customized as needed so it can stylistically integrate into any kitchen design–even interior configurations can be altered. Opting for a stainless steel exterior gives you durability, as well as a timeless, sophisticated look. It maintains clean lines with a sleek control panel and a floor status light. The interior is also made of stainless steel that will provide you with decades of use and has LED lights that provides great visibility. 

Stop by H&H Appliance Center in East Windsor to make all of your kitchen appliance dreams come true or browse available appliances on our website: hhappliance.com

Product Review: Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill

Step up your grilling game with the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill! From family cookouts to summer holiday parties, you’ll want this grill in your backyard!

This spacious grill has three stainless steel burners and a total of 529 square inches of cooking area. Additionally, it has convenient side tables for placing trays and spices and six tool hooks for hanging your tongs and spatula. 

The Spirit II features a stainless steel work surface and porcelain-enameled cooking grates, Flavorizer bars, grease tray with catch pan, and lid with a center-mounted thermometer and painted aluminum end caps. The Electronic Crossover ignition system is ensured to ignite every time so you can be confident it will light the first time, every time. From the first light out of the box to the 1,000th, the igniter won’t let you down!

This grill is also compatible with Weber’s iGrill, an intuitive app that was designed by grillers, for grillers. The app’s features include preset or customizable food doneness settings, temperature monitoring, and wireless alerts so all that’s left for you to do is sit back and relax. With a powerful GS4 and iGrill capability, you’re set up for BBQ success every time.

The Weber Spirit II E-310 is the perfect size to grill up a couple of burgers for everyone in the family, or switch it up with chicken and steak. This grill adds convenience and simplicity to everyday life, and nobody is left hungry. Visit H&H Appliance Center or browse our website for more information.

Favorite Cocktails for Poolside Entertaining

Looking for the perfect summer cocktail? Keep it cool with these delicious, refreshing, and easy to make cocktails that are perfect for any party, BBQ, or casual poolside hangout! Our amazing variety of beverage centers promise to keep the drinks cold and the good times going!

Southern Bourbon Peach Tea 

The Southern Bourbon Peach Tea is perfect for anyone who loves dark liquors! With just four simple ingredients, it’s the perfect DIY cocktail. All it takes is iced tea, peach Schnapps, and your favorite bourbon. Don’t forget to garnish it with fresh peach slices after pouring it over ice. Whether you’re enjoying a glass with a loved one or whipping up a large pitcher for your next party, this peach tea will be your new favorite drink!

Limoncello Colada

Feel cool in no time with this Limoncello Colada recipe! A twist on the classic favorite piña colada, this drink sweetens things up with Crema di Limoncello, lime juice, and fresh pineapple. Simply combine all of the ingredients into a blender with lots of ice to make the perfect cocktail for any frozen backyard fiesta. Our huge selection of ice makers are guaranteed to keep the party going! Don’t forget to add a lime slice and pineapple wedge as garnish to impress all of your guests!

Sangria Season 

Summer and sangria go hand in hand. The freshness of summer berries make for a perfect drink, which is why the Rosé Berry Summer Sangria is one of our must-haves! Sangria is traditionally made with red, pink, or white wine, fresh fruit, juice, and either rum or brandy. One of the best things about sangria is that you can make it the day before so it’s ready to go the next day!

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Cucumber Vodka Gimlet 

Thinking about trying something a little different? Then the Cucumber Vodka Gimlet is for you! A gimlet is a cocktail traditionally made with lime juice and gin, but you can also use vodka to switch it up. This recipe calls for a combination of fresh cucumbers, lime juice, and cucumber vodka. Pro Tip: We also like to add a splash of soda to make it slightly fizzy. It’s refreshing, clean and slightly sweet taste will keep you coming back for more!

Summer Heat

Imagine the joy of fresh, sweet pineapple paired with spicy jalapeno! The Pineapple Jalapeno Smash is basically like pineapple salsa in cocktail form and everything you need to cool off on a hot summer night! This vodka-based beverage calls for pineapple, lime, and jalapeno. You can even turn it into a margarita by adding your favorite tequila!

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No matter what your palate prefers, these cocktails are guaranteed to keep you cool and refreshed all summer long! Be sure to check out all of our refrigeration appliances in-store or browse our website: hhappliance.com. Happy sipping!

Product Review: MHP WNK 4 Grill

Nothing says summer like a sizzling barbecue! From burgers and hot dogs to grilled corn on the cob and pizza, make sure you’re prepared this summer with one of this season’s favorite grills: the Modern Home Products’ (MHP) WNK 4. This high performance grill is perfect for hosting outdoor parties for your family and friends.

MHP’s most popular grill has 642 square inches of total cooking area and a stainless steel swing-away warming rack, so even the most advanced cook will have plenty of space for creating delicious eats. Heavy weight 5/16-inch, two-piece stainless steel rod cooking grids are extremely durable and easy to clean (premium grids are also available as an upgrade). Additionally, the high profile lid can handle all rotisserie functions, including accommodating large cuts of meat and big Tom turkeys.

For an easy cleanup, the WNK 4 grill has self-cleaning FlavorMaster long lasting porcelain briquettes that provide food with a cleaner, fresher, and better barbecue flavor. Unlike metal flavor plates or bars, the FlavorMaster briquettes will not rust. An exclusive “H” type stainless steel burner guarantees a longer life. The Sta-Kool stainless steel handle, built-in heat indicator, and electronic ignition are just a few more features that come standard.

Swing by H&H Appliance Center inEast Windsor to make all of your outdoor and indoor appliance dreams come true, or browse available appliances on our website: hhappliance.com

5 Easy & Affordable Ways to Make Your Backyard an Outdoor Oasis

Are you in need of a backyard makeover this summer? There are a number of easy and inexpensive things you can do to create a backyard your neighbors will be in awe of!

1. Build an Outdoor Kitchen with the Perfect Grill

Entertain family and guests alike with an outdoor kitchen! There are plenty of ways to build an outdoor kitchen that will fit within your budget. If you’re looking to go big you can install a kitchen unit on your patio or under a pergola. Include a grill, island, refrigerator, and plenty of storage space in the kitchen. If you’re looking for something less expensive, try adding a charcoal grill on your deck or patio. For a simple look, you can also add a rustic outdoor table and a patterned outdoor rug. Whether you go big or small with your budget and grill, H&H Appliance is here for you.

2. Cozy Outdoor Lighting

No matter the size of your backyard, it doesn’t take much to make it feel magical. To help achieve your fairytale backyard dream, consider investing in great outdoor lighting. Draping string lights can give your yard or small patio a romantic, starry night feel. Another fun idea is to line the yard, patio, or garden path with tiki torches and lanterns to give your outdoor space some cozy and playful soft lighting.

3. Grow a Garden

Incorporating flowers and plants can really transform your outdoor space. Gardens are easily customizable and can fit any design style. Whether you’re looking to expand your garden, or trying to  liven up your yard with a burst of color, gardens are the way to go. Opting for fruit and vegetable plants is also a fantastic way to add personality and creativity to your space all while still staying on budget. 

4. Make or Buy a Fire Pit

Who doesn’t love a backyard with a fire pit? Fire pits are adaptable to any size space and add a cozy element to your outdoor space. For a smaller patio, consider a table-top fire pit that’s sure to fit and add some flare. No matter the space, you can always how off your DIY skills by building your own, or buying one that is budget-friendly. 

5. Backyard Theater

Have a drive-in movie experience in your own backyard! It’s actually much easier than you may think – all you need is a projector, screen, and speakers. Add some blankets, pillows, and popcorn and it’s lights, camera, action! For the ultimate backyard viewing party try this affordable and simple DIY screen

Product Review: Weber GENESIS II S-335

It’s the season of backyard entertaining once again, and neighbors near and far are sparking up their barbecues to take part in summer’s tastiest tradition: grilling. Topping the list of our latest outdoor appliance obsessions is Weber’s revamped Genesis II S-335 series gas grill. This high-performance grill is raising the standard of the backyard barbecue with a newly redesigned, sleeker Genesis model that is more streamlined from its previous version and offers features that would make any grill master giddy.

Because everyone demands that our appliances be smart, the Genesis II is iGrill 3 compatible (though it’s sold separately) which means it can sync up with your smart phone to let you know when the meat is at optimal temperature. The infinity ignition, stainless steel Flavorizer bars, and tuck-away warming rack are just a few of the features that come standard.  Clean up is also simple with a convenient grease management system and storage space is aplenty with its closed-door two shelf cart design.

For space saving, the left-side shelf folds down and the placement of the propane tank under the right shelf keeps it hidden from view. In addition, if your yard isn’t completely level—have no fear! Two heavy-duty locking casters and two large wheels allow for easy and secure placement. The BBQ grilling tools are always within reach thanks to six-side shelf tool hooks. All in all, the Weber Genesis II S-335 is an impressive grilling machine that would not only look just right in anyone’s backyard—it will produce evenly cook barbecue fare for any occasion.

A Guide to Memorial Day Entertaining

Though it may have felt more like fall a mere couple weeks ago, Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. To help usher in the warm weather and season of backyard barbecues and beach days, tips for entertaining this holiday weekend can be carried over throughout the entire summer. From chic tablescapes and elevated bbq recipes to patriotic lawn décor and boozy beverages, these party ideas are sure to please.

Don’t Desert Dessert

Let’s get right down to business. The people demand dessert. And nothing says party like cute, creative and tasty dessert options that will leave your friends and family hungry for more—and posting to Instagram. Patriotic cupcakes in a jar are a brilliant way to celebrate the reason for the season while enjoying a delectable treat. These can be used for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or really anytime your crowd is looking to infuse some Americana into the party. For those looking to tone down the red, white, and blue, but still looking for a crowd-pleaser on a hot day, serve honey lemonade popsicles. Naturally sweetened by the honey, edible flowers or pieces of fruit (think blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries) can be added in for a pop of culture and texture.

Party-Perfect Decor

Dining and entertaining al fresco are the ways to go for any spring or summertime party—no matter the occasion. If breaking out the American flag décor is your go-to for Memorial Day, is there anything more festive for an outdoor affair than red and white checked gingham tablecloth? Amp up the star spangled theme with blue glassware and red glass vases. Miniature American flags make for the perfect finishing touch in any centerpiece or flower pot.

For a refined tablescape, using pops of white along with gold cutlery and small lanterns provide a chic twist on an outdoor holiday party. Bring in a rustic feel by serving appetizers on wooden serving dishes and cutting boards. If you still want splashes of color, but with a less literal interpretation of the holiday, mixing blues and orange will provide a less traditional burst of brightness. Try a chevron pattern for napkins next to solid color plates to make for an appealing visual contrast without overwhelming the senses.

Serve Up Some Flavor

Burgers and dogs are always a win at backyard barbecues—and are perhaps necessary staples to throw on the grill. But to elevate your food offerings this Memorial Day, serve your guests dishes they won’t stop talking about. The mosaic tomato and watermelon salad is so delicious and easy to assemble, yet looks deceivingly difficult to master. Go a step further than throwing come corn on the grill by preparing a grilled corn salad with cilantro, lime juice, and crumbled queso fresco.  

Impress your friends by breaking out the cedar plant to grill sweet and smoky cedar plant salmon, with hints of smoked paprika and brown sugar. No outdoor fiesta can go wrong with sliders. Offer a DIY pulled pork slider bar, complete with fixings like slaw, jalapenos, and pickles. When we think of grilling, we don’t normally think bread—but this grilled bread and whipped ricotta recipe will have us rethinking barbecues from now on.

Spiked Sips

Summertime cocktails are more fun to sip outside, so if you’re serving adult beverages, there’s no better time to create a fun, fruity spiked concoction. Campari sangria gives the taste of citrusy summertime with the kick of Campari and rosé. Ginger peach soda can be made non-alcoholic by holding the rum, but either way, provides a refreshing, bubbly beverage partygoers are sure to enjoy. Brunchtime or not, adding a mimosa to the mix can’t be a bad thing. Kick yours up a notch by presenting pineapple mimosas with candied orange to your champagne-loving friends.

Product Review: Electrolux EI24ID81SS Dishwasher

Anyone who has owned a dishwasher before knows: it’s pretty difficult to live without them once you’ve had one in your home. Though it may not have been a staple in our mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, today nearly every kitchen remodel includes a sleek, state-of-the-art dishwasher. Electrolux is a fairly recent entrant into the dishwasher market, offering a modern, minimalist design and a substantial array of contemporary features.

Appearance

The EI24ID81SS model follows Electrolux’s Scandinavian aesthetic with its unadorned stainless steel front (there’s no branding) and slim bar handle. The status indicator light is located on the bottom of the dishwasher, using LED colored lights to illuminate your kitchen floor when a cycle completes. Icons and cycle names run along the top panel of the machine in easy to read knocked out white on black font. While the front of the dishwasher sure is streamlined and simplistic, it is not magnetic—so people with young children or those who like to use the dirty/clean status magnet will be out of luck.

The interior has a stainless steel tub where a serving utensil tray resides along the very top, an adjustable upper rack, and lower rack that comes with foldable tines and a removeable cutlery basket. The customization of this model is a selling point, with custom Sure-2-Fit Racks that can completely adjust based on the height of dishes and glasses. After a night of wine pairings or mimosa brunch, the Perfect Stemware™ gently grips glasses in place while it runs on a cycle designed solely for delicate glassware.

Features

What the EI24ID81SS model lacks in name creativity, it makes up for in features. Users can delay the start of the dishwasher up to 24 hours and the machine features a soil sensor that will automatically adjust the wash cycle based on how dirty your dishes are. For those looking to limit their carbon footprint, the EcoWash cycle uses less electricity and takes just 30 minutes for an entire wash. In general, the Electrolux’s energy consumption and noise level are comparable to most dishwashers in its class, and is Energy Star qualified, which means 41% less energy is used.

While it comes with its fair share of features, they’re not overly complicated to use. The eight washing cycles include: auto, sanitize (which is certified to remove 99.9% of common household bacteria), normal, eco, rinse, fast, upper, and stemware. The LuxCare™ Wash Arm gets your dirtiest dishes sparkling clean with an innovative rotating arm that makes for a more effective clean, while the Target Wash Zones use a special nozzle to deliver a target wash to clean all sizes and shapes of dishes.

Our Takeaway

If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher  and ascribe to minimalist Scandinavian design with an impressive array of features, the Electrolux EI24ID81SS is waiting for you at H&H Appliance Center today!

Home DIY Projects for Spring

Spring is in full bloom (finally!) and while we’re busy outside getting our fill of fresh air, warm weather, and sunshine, inside deserves to get into the spirit of the season, too. It’s time to pull our homes out of their winter rut with these colorful, fresh, and budget-friendly DIY decor projects that will inspire a springtime mood—even when you’re stuck indoors.

Mini Shelf Indoor Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are a must when it comes to that pop of springtime flavor in our cooking. Instead of maintaining an outdoor garden that’s twice the work or using store-bought herbs that wilt in a matter of days, planting our own mini indoor herb garden is the way to go. Start by buying Ikea’s socker plant pot. This comes with a cute little stand. They come in white, but to kick up the spring flair, we recommend spray painting the pots in your favorite pastels. You’ll need spray shellac to waterproof it, as well as herbs and potting soil. For a nice variety, we recommend mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, and chives. After the paint and shellac dries, plant the herbs and assemble the pot stand in a sunny spot in your kitchen. Fresh herbs will be on the menu in no time!

Picture Frame Terrarium

Create a miniature indoor greenhouse by removing the glass and backing to eight frames and sanding them lightly. Assemble the frames into the shape of a house and drill and screw to fasten (any excuse to get out power tools, really). Use wood filler to fill gaps and sand again before painting white. Replace the glass in the frames from the bottom up and use a hot glue gun to secure them in place. Now add your favorite potted plants inside and place or hang in a sunny spot!

Spring Berry Wreath

Wreaths can be used both inside your home as wall decor on perched on your front door. This DIY wreath adds the perfect pop of color and takes minimal time and all supplies can be found at your local crafts store. You’ll need: grapevine wreath form, berry floral stems, burlap ribbon, wire cutters, and pliers. The first step is to cut individual berry stems with the wire cutters and arrange them around the wreath by sticking them through, bending the stems around the form using pliers. Tie the burlap ribbon into a bow and adhere to the bottom of the wreath for a rustic look, and you’re done. So spring, so cute.

Speckled Robin’s Egg Mason Jar

These DIY repurposed flower jars come out looking to professional, your friends will think you bought them in a store. You’ll need mason jars, Krylon Colormaster primer in white, DecoArt Chalky Finish paint, an old toothbrush, twine, and hot glue (and a hot glue gun). After priming the jar and letting it dry, apply a coat of paint (try the color “Serene”). Next, mix another color of the chalky finish paint (“Rustic” gives it a nice look) with some black paint and with the toothbrush, flick specs of paint onto the jar using your fingers. After that dries, add hot glue to the rim of the jar and wrap the twine around until the entire rim area is covered. Once complete, add your favorite fresh or dried flowers to the jar and enjoy the essence of spring in any room of your house.