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We all have those dishes that after you make them you dread having to clean up the pans. Those are the "have to soak over night" kind. I know I have a few of those.
But boy do I have some fun stuff to share with you today.
I recently discovered this new product - Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths. I personally also have a love hate relationship with my sponge and always think it is easier to wash things with my dish rag, but they just don't clean quite like a sponge does. Until now people!. This has all the ability of a sponge yet it is a cloth. BRILLIANT! Let me tell you this cloth takes cleaning to an entirely new level.
The Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth is not like a sponge though .One side of the cloth is a high quality fiber dish cloth and the other side has Scotch-Brite® scrubbing dots that give you scrubbing power and make it quicker and easier to clean.
This scrubbing power makes cleaning easy.
To test out this amazing cloth, I used it a few times in the kitchen. I made my dish that I usually dread to clean - Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas. Then I also cleaned the counters with my new home made cleaning solution.
So let me share a little with you.
Last night we had the enchiladas and let me just tell you that clean up was a breeze. It really was that easy.
Within minutes of scrubbing all the baked on cheese and mess this pan was sparkling clean.
To get this kind of clean I usually have to use my wire scrubber and that leaves scratches, but I have never had a choice before in order to get it this clean. Those Scotch-Brite® scrubbing dots are like magic dots I tell ya.
When cleaning the dishes like this with a sponge I really have to put in a lot of hard elbow grease and can never get deep into the nooks and crannies with the sponges, but with the Scotch-Brite Dish Cloth I can really get in there and with the extra help from the scrubbing dots get it clean.
Well I am going to share this recipe with you so that you can test out the Scotch-Brite dish cloth yourself.
WHAT YOU NEED :
2.5 LBS of boneless skinless chicken breast
2 large cans of green chili enchilada sauce (just use your favorite brand)
1 small can of cream of chicken soup
about 5 cups of shredded cheese
Now really enchiladas are rolled up, but I do it the lazy way, and layer them the same way you do a lasagna.
* So first start by boiling the chicken until it is cooked all the way through.
* Drain and then shred all the chicken up.
**HERE IS A LITTLE FUN TIP **
~If you place your warm chicken in your stand mixer and turn it on low it will shred the chicken for you. No more burning your fingers or taking forever to shred the hot chicken with forks.
This truly saves me so much time and frustration from having to shred it by hand.
* Once the chicken is all shredded I poured it back into my pot I cook it in and season with salt and pepper and a little garlic salt. Mix it well.
* Open the can of cream of chicken soup and add that to the chicken mixture. This just gives it a little bit of a creamy smooth texture and it is so good!
* Open the cans of green chili enchilada sauce. Pour a tiny bit from one can into the bottom of the pan you will be cooking the enchiladas in. Just enough to coat the bottom of it. Pour the rest of that can into the chicken mixture. Mix that up.
* After that is all mixed up, add a little sprinkling of the shredded cheese to the mixture and mix that up.
Now it is time to get the enchilada layers put together.
* Right on top of the sauce in the pan, lay down your corn tortillas to cover the bottom, and yes it is fine if they overlap. We laid down 8 in each layer.
* On top of that scoop out 1/4 of the chicken and sauce mixture.
* Spread that out and top with some cheese.
* Now take the unused can of enchilada sauce and just pour a little over the top.
* Repeat the same steps 3 more times. The last layer we just pour the rest of the can of sauce over the top.
*Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until heated all the way through.
* Serve with a dollop of sour cream (if you like sour cream) and spanish rice and refried beans.
I like it heated up the day for left overs too.
One of my favorite things to do as well when I make this for us for dinner is make extras in foil trays and freeze them for easy make ahead meals. I follow all the same steps, cover in foil, mark the outside with marker telling me what it is and when I made it and toss it in the freezer. Then in a few weeks we can have it again without all the prep work.
Cleaning up dinner had never been so easy though, I cannot even tell you how nice it was to have it all cleaned up in no time, versus having to stand there and scrape it with my nails, or scrub and give up to let it soak until the next morning. I even got crazy cleaning everything in the sink by hand just to use my dish cloths.
Now the next way I tried out my new favorite Scoth-Brite dish cloths were to wipe down the counters after I did all the dishes. I wiped down my counters and stove with my new home-made cleaner. Let me tell you how incredibly easy this was to make too!. It takes a few days to set, but it is nice to know there are no harsh chemicals and makes cleaning with my new Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths a breeze to clean the kitchen.
When I clean with sponges on the counters I feel like it really just leaves behind a mess of what is inside the sponge, so it really doesn't get it that clean. But with the cloths I know they are clean.
There is no exact measuring or set amounts for this exactly.
I took a mason jar I had in the cabinet and used that for my soaking.
I took a mason jar I had in the cabinet and used that for my soaking.
You will need a jar, vinegar and some citrus peels. ( you can use lemons, oranges hey even grapefruit if you wanted)
*Peel your oranges and stick them right in the jar.
* Pour vinegar in the jar to cover the peels.
* Now the key is to let it soak. I have seen this recipe online and they tell you to let it soak anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks. So I usually let mine sit for no less than 5 days, but if I don't get to it right then that is fine too.
*Once the set time is done, just simply take a funnel and pour just the liquid into your spray bottle.
* Toss the peel after that and then you have a home-made citrus smelling cleaner that is not full of unheard of chemicals and cleans nicely.
Both of my kitchen tests uses for my Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths really passed the test. They have made my cleaning issues no longer issues. This is so nice to have. Who wants to waste time cleaning dishes and counters, not me.
I picked my Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths at Walmart in the sponge aisle.
What I love too is that for this affordable $4.98 price you get 2 cloths. I picked the dark blue color to match our kitchen but there a few color choices you can pick from. You can get tan, coral, and navy.
Now if you want to get more recipes and inspiration? Check it out HERE. Look for $1 off instant redeemable coupon available on the product, redeemable when you checkout. Which makes the deal even sweeter with a coupon, and we all know how much I love coupons!
So I would love to hear what your messy clean up dish is. Share with me in the comments section. Remember not to worry because the Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths will make cleaning easy.