Submitted by Gwen Bailey
It may sound strange but although you think you know how to take care of the household dishes, there are some useful tips which you might not know about and which will help you to become even a better housewife. Usually, we learn how to do the dishes as children, and this activity is probably the first that our parents entrust to us, and just because it requires basic skills, we continue to perform it the same way for years. Your experience grows in the course of the years, but why don’t you try to make the dish washing more effective and easy than the style you got used to?
Let’s start with the most common problem – breakage. A successful way to deal with it is to place the safe glasses of the dishwasher not on the spokes of the racks but between them. This step will also secure you a spotless result. More fragile utensils, such as the wine glasses, require the most delicate washing program, and by lowering the top rack, you are securing safer environment for the long-stemmed glasses. To complete the gentle cares for your favorite set of wineglasses and to make them perfectly shining, wipe them out with paper towel – this way, not even a single remnant of a drop will spoil the beauty of their surface, and your guests would definitely be impressed. Don’t underestimate the choice of а rinse agent; some of the detergents available on the market leave undissolved spots on the surface, and you have to rinse them again additionally.
If you usually hand wash the dishes and glasses, you know that you have to secure a good air drying – there are special soft mats which protect the edges of your glassware from eventual damages. If you warm up а couple of cups of white vinegar in the microwave oven, you will have a universal detergent to eliminate the hard-water specks on your glassware. Dip the glasses in the warm vinegar for three minutes and rinse them afterward. When you dry them up, you will gladly welcome your returned to life impeccably sparkling glasses.
Baking soda deservedly falls into the most useful and yet harmless substances that are capable of restoring the brilliance of your utensils. Baking soda conquers the unpleasant coffee stains from your white china and has the almost magical ability to eliminate the little scratches that forks and knives leave on the surface of the dishes. And to make it even more useful, add to the magic set one more trick – baking soda can chase away the dislikable smell out the plastic utensils; you are pretty aware of the fact what an unachievable task this is – just immerse the vessels into a mix of five tablespoons of baking soda and a cup of warm water.
Storing of utensils also needs to be discussed – placing paper on the cabinets’ shelves prevents your dishes from accidental coloring which the wood surface may cause. Avoid to build towers of cups; instead, hook the cups with handles on special hooks on the back side of the cabinet’s door. When arranging your drinkware and dishes, put the heaviest items on the lower shelves and the lighter and most delicate on the top in order to reduce the pressure on the shelves.
Grace Bailey is a desperate housewife , dreamer and writer. She enjoys writing about Cleaning and Organizing home. You can visit her and read more tips and ideas at http://endoftenancycleaning.com/.