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Cleancast: Why The Hell Is My Kitchen A Sticky Mess?

My guest this week on the official Ask a Clean Person podcast is Kristin Appenbrink, a contributing editor at The Kitchn, who joined me to talk about, well, kitchens. Kristin, who is a fellow member of the Order of Clean Peoples, helps me tackle two kitchen-related cleaning questions that very frequently land in my inbox.

In the first segment, we talk about the vexing sticky film that tends to cover kitchen surfaces like glue, working through why it happens and what you can do about it. In the second segment, we offer help to people looking to remove staining from the interior of enameled cast-iron cookware like Le Creuset.


We also talk about commenter culture, both here in our Deadspin universe (I sang your praises, don’t you worry!) and over at Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, sibling sites that have absolutely BERSERK commenters who produced my all-time favorite comment thread on the entire internet, on the subject of cleaning a washing machine. Yes. Really. You cannot imagine how vicious these people are! Fortunately, you don’t need to imagine it—you can read the post and ensuing comments for yourself.

Anyway, listen to this episode if you’d like to learn a few things about keeping your kitchen clean, and maybe you’ll learn a few weird things about me, too. You can listen here, or over at iTunes, where you can also subscribe.

Programming Note: This is the final episode of my inaugural season! The podcast will return in mid-September; I’m also taking a brief hiatus from Ask a Clean Person, which will pick back up in the first week of September.

Do you have something you’d like to hear discussed on Ask a Clean Person: The Podcast Season 2? Email me at with the subject line CLEANCAST. Do you like what you heard in Season 1? Please consider leaving a rating in the iTunes store and head over there to subscribe to get an alert when the show returns in mid-September!


Jolie Kerr is Deadspin’s resident cleaning expert and the author of the book My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha (Plume). Follow her on Twitter, or contact her via email at


Illustration by Sam Woolley.

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