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My secret weapons to staying clean in the kitchen #BleachitAway


Sometimes……. no make that often, working in the kitchen can be messy!  Especially when you have to use your hands and food coloring!

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookie Batter TidyMom

Earlier this week I shared Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies.  Look at how fabulous that bright red batter looks!

That bright red batter doesn’t looks so fabulous on my hands, clothes, counters or floors though! 

Whether I’m rolling cookie dough for Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies, chocolate chip cookies or cake truffles I have a few secret weapons that keeps me sane in the kitchen…………….

  Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

Gloves! I have the very thin food grade gloves (kind of like surgical gloves) to protect my hands. They keep my hands free off all the gooey batter and red dye!  No pink hands!!

disposable gloves

They come in many sizes and can be found latex- and powder-free. (I get the vinyl that’s lightly powdered)   I don’t use them in the kitchen all the time, but for handling sticky food that you have to roll, or raw meat, they are GREAT!  They fit snugly and don’t seem to inhibit me in any way.

cookies from the oven

baking cookies in my Whirlpool range

Since I’m not good about wearing an apron, besides aprons don’t protect your arms and such……I seem to go thru a few outfits a day when I bake lol not to mention all the kitchen linens I use (dish cloths, towels, pot holders etc)

Baking is messy!  Sometimes it becomes a sport in my house.

What gets me thru all the mess?  Clorox Bleach!

When I’m finished…….I mop up the floors, wipe down the counters and toss in a few loads of laundry! and I’m ready to go again the next day!

How about YOU?  Are you messy in the kitchen?

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. oh I make a mess too, I just wear old cloths then change. I have cheap plastic gloves too, but they are not the nice ones, they are really big but they do the trick.

  2. I am the messiest of the messy. I use clorox all the time on my kitchen towels. I also use them to wipe the slobber off of my 250 lb dog every five minutes. That is a lot of towels and a lot of laundary…

  3. I need to buy gloves for myself too, but I didn’t know where I could get them. And then you posted a link–Amazon. DUH! Of course! Amazon has everything. 🙂

  4. You are SO smart for using gloves! Great tip. I’ll have to remember that for whenever I use food coloring because I somehow always make a mess.

  5. I always wear an apron just because I know that I will spill or splatter something. How can you not be messy in the kitchen when you are cooking? Isn’t that half the fun?

  6. I wear my cooking sweats and sweatshirt, and just wipe my hands on those.
    I have to mention how Clean your mixer is….I need to clean mine up

  7. You are so smart with the surgical gloves! Brilliant!

  8. LOVE the recipe…making these this weekend. Surgical gloves,..yes! My husband is a dairy farmer and I use the milker’s gloves from our barn for EVERYTHING!


  9. I’m a bit of a neat freak and my apartment has the biggest frustration of having tiled countertops. That said keeping clean is a constant struggle!

  10. Gloves is a great idea! I’m sort of mesmerized by your red velvet dough:)

  11. I have had many messy moments in my kitchen. I used to do wedding cakes, plus, for many years. Yes…I usually found myself in black pants covered with powdered suger when I got through…lol! I tried using disposable gloves and “new” regular cleaning gloves when I had a big project, especially when it involved red food coloring. But I have very small hands and never could find a pair of gloves that didn’t have extra room at the tips of my fingers that often made doing my task more difficult so I just put up with the colored hands. When I was through with my project I always hoped for a few days between the project and being invited out, so I had time to get the coloring to disappear! : ) Which brings me to Clorox. I don’t recommend doing this regularly, but in a pinch…like your going out the evening after making 200 red frosting roses…I would use a little Clorox in some water to wash my hands in. It worked wonderfully for taking away the color but I had to rinse, rinse, rinse to get the Clorox smell to go away. Don’t get me wrong, I love Clorox and use it for almost all cleaning jobs and it never fails me but even the new fragrances are not suitable for your hands at a special event! I’m certainly going to check into the gloves you recommend because even though I don’t do that many wedding cakes anymore, I still enjoy baking and decorating smaller projects that still call for “color”. If these gloves work for “tiny” hands I’ll let you know because I will be HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!

  12. As an aside, if you don’t want to wear gloves while doing messy cooking jobs, at least leave a grocery produce bag nearby, so when the phone rings, all you have to do is slip your hand into the bag to answer it and keep the phone clean.

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