It’s officially feeling like spring. The flowers and trees are in bloom, baseball season has started, and I have done some spring cleaning in the apartment. I’m a big fan of spring cleaning. Honestly, I’m not lying. I really enjoying getting rid of old junk and organizing what I do keep. As a result, I was pretty excited to try out some spring cleaning tools from Oxo including their 10-Piece POP Container Set, a Microfiber Under Appliance Duster, and a Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set. Let me tell you all about it!
I started with the 10-piece POP container set. That felt the most exciting and easy to use. I wasn’t ready yet to use the brushes and confront the dirt and grime that hide in the hidden crevices of my kitchen. Anyway, the containers are stackable and very space-efficient. I already had a few storage containers in my pantry, but their lids can take up a lot of space and make stacking hard. As well, with different brands of containers things don’t fit neatly side by side. In short, I couldn’t wait to put this set to use.
I took everything out my pantry and cleaned the shelves. I threw away the old and reorganized what made the cut. I also loving looked at everything that could go into the POP containers and decided what should go where.
I really enjoy the POP containers. They are modular so can be organized in different height combinations to fit the size of my pantry. I like the push button mechanism on top, it makes the seal airtight. Also, it’s so easy to use, and not at all cumbersome like some snaps can be. I do worry about how easy it will be to clean, but so far I’m just happy with how great my cabinet looks.
The one feature I haven’t tried yet is the rounded edges. It’s meant to make it easy to pour whatever is stored inside. So far, I’ve been using measuring cups or spoons to scoop. That’s been working well for me because the mouths of the container are pretty big. I took some blackboard tape and labeled the containers. Now I’m considering another set and then my pantry will be 100% Pinterest worthy. And that’s what we’re all going for right?
After that, I went for the brushes. They’re two double-ended brushes that snap together into a clip for storage. While it’s called the Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set, the brushes are compact and versatile so can be used on any tiny crevices found in your kitchen fixtures and appliances’. There are two nylon brushes and two ends that are scrapers of various sizes. Loved the scrapers especially because I could get rid of the gross or “unsightly” build up that sometimes, embarrassingly, gets overlooked when I clean the kitchen.
While I didn’t really want to look in all the nooks and crannies of my kitchen, I was glad to have tools to make cleaning tasks easier. I used the rounded brush on the coffee grinder. I don’t know why, but I hate cleaning it. Probably because it’s so full of scum. But the brush easily wiped away everything and once I rinsed it, the plastic was spotless. Definitely better than what I could do with a sponge. I used the flat brush to scrub the joint of my faucet. How things build up there, I don’t know. I liked that the sponge could get a good lather going.
The pointy scraper I used on my beloved Kitchen-Aid mixer. Flour gets caught in all the creases and this tool easily pushed it out. Not my mixer looks shiny and lovely. The rounded scraper I’ve been using on my pots and pans more than appliances. Because it’s plastic it doesn’t scratch anything. I’ve used it on gunk in my cast-iron skillet and on the cooked on rice at the bottom of my stainless steel pot. I liked the rounded edge a lot because it fits the curve of the pan so well and got everything off easily.
So, with the standard part of the kitchen clean, it was time for me to tackle the unseen. Yes, it was time for the microfiber brush. It was time, to see under the dishwasher, oven, and fridge. This duster is slim, long, and flat. It’s also flexible so it easily gets underneath appliances and cabinets. I was worried I’d have to be laying flat on the floor to use it, but not the case. The microfibers are long and will get into any spaces, no matter how
And this brush does what it says! The microfibers are long and will get into any spaces, no matter how uneven, to capture dust. I was a little astounded, and grossed out, by how much dust was under everything! How does it get there?! I also liked that it fit between my cabinets and fridge. That crack was formerly a black hole of lost food. With the brush, I was able to clean up three pieces of tortilla chips, a few grains of rice, and one strand of dry spaghetti. Unpleasant, but totally satisfying.
Once you’ve got it all gunked up, it’s easy to clean. Simply unsnap the fiber cover and wash it in cold water, then hang to dry. I look forward to using this more, especially around bookshelves and other pieces of furniture that create hard to reach areas.
In then end my kitchen was totally fresh from top to bottom. Ready for spring and a fresh start to cooking in the kitchen. I’m in love with the POP containers. Opening my pantry and having everything neat makes me happy. As well, I no longer feel food-related avalanches. The brushes and scrapers are cool too and will definitely get me doing a little more. What spring cleaning tips and trick do you have? Please share!