Clean Dishes Naturally

Clean Dishes Naturally

  • Make your own dishwasher soap with borax and baking soda .
  • Mix equal amounts in a container with a lid. Add 2 tablespoons to a load. For hard water, use twice as much baking soda. Add vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  • Do not put silver or silverplate in the dishwasher.
  • Do not use a plastic sink mat when washing silver or silverplate, either large items and silverware, as it will discolor them.
  • Knives with wooden handles will last longer if they are not put in the dishwashwer.
  • The dishwasher is not gentle enough for good crystal.
  • The diswasher can be used to quickly clean many household items at once – including the stove fan filters, burner liners, burner grills, and jello molds that decorate the walls.
  • Clean a stained teacup with sugar. Wet the inside of the cup, sprinkle in about 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and rub with a paper towel. Rinse.
  • A stained teacup or coffee mug can be cleaned using baking soda as a cleanser with some water. Rinse.
  • Get greasy dishes cleaner faster by adding a little salt to the water.
  • Cooked-on food in a casserole dish can be cleaned with baking soda or salt. Fill the dish with water and mix in either baking soda or salt. Let it set. Wash and rinse.
  • Crystal glasses will come out free of spots if you add a little vinegar to the rinse water.
    Clean and polish stainless flatware with vinegar. Dry but don’t rinse.
  • Remove stains from plastic containers with vinegar. Soak containers with hot soapy water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Let set for several hours. Rinse with hot water.
  • Prevent food stains (like tomato sauce) in Tupperware by spraying the inside with PAM before use.
  • Clean scummy kitchen sponges in the dishwasher, on the top shelf.

Clean and Polish Silver

  • Clean silver of tarnish with baking soda and salt. Put aluminum foil in the bottom of a large enough pan and add 2 or 3 inches of water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir. Bring the mixture to a boil. Add silver and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Don’t use this method for pieces that you want to look antique, as it will also clean in crevices. Rinse and dry.
  • Polish silver with baking soda . Add enough water to baking soda to make a paste. Polish with a soft cloth.

Cleaning Pots and PansCleaning Pots and Pans

  • Remove stains and spots from aluminum cookware with cream of tartar. Fill the pan with hot water and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar per quart. Bring the mixture to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes, wash and rinse.
  • Dark stains can be removed from aluminum cookware and utensils with vinegar. Boil a cup of water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the pot. Utensils may also be boiled in the solution, doubling the mixture if necessary.
  • Brass will go longer between polishings if you rub it with olive oil after you polish.
  • Brass can be cleaned with lemon juice and salt. Polish with a soft cloth dipped in the solution. Rinse and dry.
  • Clean brass with a slice of lemon with baking soda on it. Rinse and dry.
  • Copper pans can be cleaned with cream of tartar and lemon. Add enough lemon juice to cream of tartar to make a paste. Polish the copper and let set for 5 minutes. Wash, rinse and dry.
  • Copper pans can be cleaned of just enough tarnish to still look aged by using lemon and salt. Polish, rinse and dry.
  • Aluminum pans can be cleaned with borax. Sprinkle it on the pan like a cleanser and rub with a damp towel. Rinse and dry.
  • Clean brass, pewter or copper with salt and vinegar. Mix equal parts of vinegar and salt, thicken with flour, and polish. Rinse and dry.
  • Chrome can be cleaned with a towel dipped in vinegar. Dry but don’t rinse.
  • Rust can be removed with vegetable oil. Scrub with the oil using steel wool, the finer the better.
  • Remove water deposits from a kettle with vinegar. Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water, add to the kettle, and boil for 15 minutes. Rinse, and boil plain water in kettle for 15 minutes.
  • A burnt pan can be cleaned with baking soda . Fill the pan halfway with water and add 1/4 cup of baking soda. Bring to a boil. Boil until the scorch pieces float up to the surface.