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 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.