Move over Rachel Ray, I'm a 29 minute or less cooking mama. After work its a race against the clock to get dinner started, eat, clean up and play with the kids before the bedtime routines kick in. Clean up comes with cooking. Its a chore but its easier for me to do it as I'm faster and more efficient. Clean up is my least favorite part of meal time but oh so necessary. While I have a dishwasher, I tend to wash my dishes the old fashion way (using a little elbow grease). This is especially required for big dishes such as my wok that would otherwise fill up my dishwasher quickly. I love a good stir fry and these dishes fit well within my 29 minute or less meal making but clean up can be cumbersome.
Anytime I can shave off some minutes here or there during clean up is a good thing as that means I can spend a few more minutes with my ever growing beautiful kids. Dawn has come out with their new Power Clean Dishwashing Soap product that can give you the amazing power of an overnight soak in just five minutes. After dinner tonight we put the Dawn product to the test. I simply filled the sink with some water and Dawn Power Clean. Then, I added the dirty dishes and wok and let it sit for 5 minutes. During this 5 minutes I helped my son with his homework. The grease was minimal and the food just came off easily with one fell swoop of the sponge and we were good to go!
Dawn has already come to my rescue before! I'm a new Mom to baseball this Spring and I was worried when the coach asked for white pants. My son loves to slide on grass and mud anyway let alone be encouraged to do so fancifully in baseball. So I asked my readers on facebook their best solution to clean up mud and grass stained pants. I must say I was surprised to hear Dawn was a popular answer! Lo and behold a 5 minute pretreatment with Dawn and a little elbow grease and the baseball pants were as good as new! Thank you Dawn!
Other tips that help me be more efficient to save time on my daily kitchen routine include:
1. Have a menu for the week so there's no having to run to the store during the week which will eat into my week night time.
2. Keep the kitchen clean - this allows no distraction from the task at hand i.e. cooking
3. I put out the cereal bowls and cereal on the kitchen table the night before so everything is ready to go in the morning.
4. I make lunches the night before to prevent a morning scramble
5. Make large meals so we can have leftovers for lunch the next day and freeze for another meal.
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