1 I hosted the special LIVE Facebook cleaning and organizing chat from the kitchen at my Bedford, New York farm. I love these casual, informative shows - they are so much fun to do. And I get to answer your questions LIVE.
2 One of the first things I talked about was cleaning the drains, which I do on a monthly basis.
3 Pour half a box of baking soda down the drain and rinse it through until it dissolves. Baking soda is great to have around the home for small cleaning jobs. http://www.armandhammer.com/
4 One of the first questions we got was about cleaning glass doorknobs - I recommended they be wiped often with a damp rag. I often walk around my home with a moistened rag to wipe and dust various surfaces.
5 Even if you have a dishwasher at home, drain boards are very useful for cleaning. Whenever possible, I wash items by hand - it saves water and energy.
6 If you have to wash a carafe, simply wash it in the sink and then slip a twisted piece of paper towel inside to absorb all the moisture you cannot reach.
7 Bar towels come in handy for wiping down the counters, or any spills. They come in various sizes, and can easily be washed time after time.
8 These dish towels can be folded in thirds and kept near the sink.
9 Old rags can even be used to clean the floor. My daughter, Alexis, does this at her home. Just place an old, damp towel on the floor, and using your foot, just drag it around to wipe off any grit. It is very handy when you have five dogs, like I do. In fact, I also keep larger towels nearby in case I need them for the doggies.
10 You can also soak a towel in half a cup of baking soda and warm water and place the towel around the head of a mop or floor brush to wipe down the floors.
11 This technique is also very helpful for quick cleanups - easy and inexpensive.
12 Another good question was about cleaning stainless steel appliances. I always clean my stainless steel with Windex and paper towels - never use anything abrasive.
13 When it comes to cutting boards, I designate separate ones for meat, fish and vegetables. I also keep a rubberized mat underneath each one to keep it from moving on the counter. To clean them - just use soap and water, and then let them dry in place.
14 This is the Martha Stewart orchid. Some time ago, the growers at Kalapana Tropicals in Hawaii asked me if they could name an orchid after me, and I was honored. This one is so colorful and so pretty. http://www.kalapanatropicals.com/index.php
15 Try to keep the area around your sink free of clutter. I like to use small decanter bottles for liquid hand and dish soaps.
16 These containers can easily be labeled, so everyone can know exactly what it is - much more space saving than big bulky store bottles.
17 If you don't already use a label maker, it is a great tool to have for organizing your home.
19 I also like to keep two trash bins inside my kitchen that are specifically for chicken scraps and for the compost. This one contains egg shells, carrot scraps and herbs, while the other one may have coffee grounds, etc.
20 Again, they are clearly labeled, so everyone knows which bin is which.
21 I find these commercial kitchen carts so useful. I placed a piece of marble on the top shelf to match the rest of my kitchen. It is great for storing appliances or water jugs, etc.
22 This cart, on the other side of my stove, is for tools and often used items, spices etc.
23 Another tip is to line drawers containing knives or other heavy duty tools with sheets of stainless steel to protect them. Knives can damage the wood in your drawers.
24 These shelves are also lined with sheets of stainless steel. Small floor fans keep air moving around the kitchen, and are especially useful when I am cooking.
25 Once in a while, I also clean out my various crocks. I just dump all the tools out, wipe the inside of the crock, and then wash the tools in the dishwasher.
26 Web video producer, Sam Schutz, captured the entire hour on the iPhone while digital marketing director, Marci Greenfield, read me your questions - they were all very good inquiries.
27 I am often asked about my chickens - I just love them. All these eggs are from the last two days - my chickens are very productive. I adore all these beautiful colors.
28 This bowl includes some of the pullet eggs - eggs from chickens that are just getting the hang of laying. They are smaller, so I save them for my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, who love them.
29 My oil and vinegar pantry is also lined with stainless steel sheets to protect the shelves. And, occasionally, I will decant large and often used bottles of vinegar into smaller ones.
30 Doing this can save so much space, especially if you use a lot oils and vinegars. It's also a good idea to invest in a collection of funnels - in different sizes - they come in so handy in the kitchen.
31 This huge bottle is only for old wine. I keep it to make my own Cantitoe Corners vinegar.
32 It was so much fun to share all my tips and ideas for keeping the home clean and organized.
34 And, here is a sneak peak at my darling and wonderful new puppies - Bete Noire and Creme Brûlée. If you missed any of this chat, you can still catch it at the following link. On Monday... more on my new puppies! https://www.facebook.com/marthastewart