Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Getting your dishes clean

KSL had a story this morning about clean dishes. It pointed to this page of the USU Extension service web site. Near the end of the article it gives some good tips:

In the meantime, homeowners don’t need to drive across state lines to stock up on their favorite detergents from states that haven’t yet adopted the phosphate-free regulations, Riggs said. There are other temporary solutions that can be considered.
Dishes can be washed and dried by hand. Or for light soil, add one-half to 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the detergent holding area. Also add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the liquid spot removal compartment and run through the cycle. Riggs said another option for heavy jobs is to put 1 tablespoon of baking soda plus 1 tablespoon of borax into the reservoir. The dishwasher will do the mixing. Also add distilled white vinegar to the rinse dispenser. To use the dry mixture for future loads, mix up a container to keep on hand near the dishwasher and add 2 tablespoons of the mixture to each load

Speaking of vinegar, we FINALLY found a good brass polisher because we have tried a myriad of commercial brass polishers on our dinner bell and fireplace front that really don't do the job. Mix a tablespoon each of vinegar, salt, and flour to make a polishing paste and it worked better than "Brasso" or any other brass cleaner we've tried.

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