How to clean a dishwasher in an hour

Dishwasher CleaningDishwashers just like all kitchen appliances require cleaning in order to function more properly and efficiently. Sadly most people clean rarely their dishwashers because they wrongly assume that the cleaning routine is too complicated and time consuming. With this article we are going to show that the cleaning of a dishwasher is a simply task that can be done in an hour.

Begin by filling your sink with water. Then add two cups of vinegar into the water. You must do this because your sink will be the place where you will soak all the dishwasher’s removal components. Now remove the racks and holders from your dishwasher and check them for food particles before your dip into your sink.

Next check the holes of your dishwasher for any food bits and other types of debris. Make sure that all the holes are open so that the water can flow freely through them. By unblocking the holes of your dishwasher will start to function more efficiently and will wash your dirty dishes more quickly and by using less energy and water which will automatically save you money.

Now get a cloth and damp into your sink. With the aid of the cloth wipe the edges of the door and around the gasket. Make sure that you don’t forget to wipe the bottom of the door as well. If there are any hard to reach areas such as corners or underneath the gasket you can use an old toothbrush to clean these areas.

Dishwasher CleaningCheck for signs of mold or mildew. If you notice any mold or mildew use bleach to remove it. Keep in mind that bleach is a very strong chemical for both you and your dishwasher so use it in small quantities and only when it is absolutely necessary. Take into notice that bleach and stainless steel don’t get along, so if your dishwasher has stainless steel components head to your local supermarket and get a mildew and mold remover that is compatible with stainless steel and don’t use bleach. It is very important that you take care of the mold or mildew because they can cause severe health complications and contaminate your glassware and china.

The last thing that you must do before you call it a day is to check the interior of your dishwasher for rust stains. If you notice such stains use dishwasher-safe rust remover to remove them. When done rearrange the racks and holders and voila you have cleaned your dishwasher. 

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How to Remove Ink Stains

Ink Stains CleaningInk stains and spots are a normal part of life, sometimes it is a pen that’s the culprit, other times it is the printer ink cartridge that’s in violation. No matter what the source of the ink stain, quick and adequate reaction is essential for complete removal. Certain types of ink contain organic or chemical dyes which are very strong, this also makes them nearly impossible to remove, so keep in mind that in some cases ink staining is permanent. Having said this, here are some effective ways to deal with non-specific ink stains on surfaces and fabrics:

  • Corn starch

If there are ink stains on your carpet, either natural fibre or synthetic, you should be able to get rid of those quite easily by treating the stained area with a pasty mixture of corn starch and milk; apply the paste generously over the affected spot and let it air dry for as long as necessary; when dry you have to brush off the concoction using a hard bristle brush; vacuum the rest of the mess and check if you need to repeat again;

  • Milk

Milk is also quite effective in removing ink stains on its own particularly from fabrics and clothing; soak the stained piece of clothing or fabric as soon as possible in milk; leave the item to soak overnight and the ink should be diluted in about twenty four hour tops; afterwards wash the item as per laundry instructions on the tag.

  • Table salt

Ink Stains CleaningTable salt is quite effective in lifting fresh ink stains from certain surfaces like laminate for instance; pour a generous amount of table salt over the still wet ink stain; gently dab at the stain using a paper towel; eventually brush off the leftover salt using a soft bristled brush; repeat the process if necessary.

  • Tartar

Tartar sauce is quite effective in removing pen ink from fabrics; if a pen has burst in your shirt pocket treat the stain as soon as possible with a mixture of cream of tartar and lemon juice; apply the cream generously over the affected area and leave it there for about four hours; eventually wash the item as you normally would.

  • Hair spray

Hair spray will work well when you want to remove pen ink from fabrics and garments; for best results treat the stain while still wet if possible; spray a generous amount of any old hairspray over the stain and the ink should come off quite easily.

Cleaning Chopping Boards

Cleaning  Chopping BoardsIn most cases, the kitchen chopping board is one of the most heavily used and dirty items in the average kitchen. The chopping board is not dirty in the same way as the carpet of floor, but dirty in terms of bacteria and pathogens. The fact that you prepare food and dishes using the chopping board every day means you need to keep it clean and disinfected as much as possible. This is quite essential if you use wood chopping boards as well as butcher blocks. Here are some easy ways to make it happen:

  • Vinegar

Good old vinegar is once again the solution; for disinfecting wooden chopping boards clean them with a generous amount of white vinegar on all sides; scrub the surface with vinegar using a sponge; if you need to deodorise as well as disinfect the chopping board treat with vinegar and sprinkle generously with baking soda; let the solution foam up for five to ten minutes and rinse the board.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

This versatile chemical is not only used for bleaching hair and sterilising wounds; use the peroxide to disinfect chopping boards and other food prep surfaces in the kitchen with great results; hydrogen peroxide will kill bacteria, germs and many pathogens; peroxide cleaning is quintessential for chopping boards used for meat only.

  • Lemons

Lemons are not too good at killing bacteria and germs, but they do give the surface a lovely smell after cleaning; clean your chopping boards with the cut side of a lemon; spread the lemon on all sides and let it air dry; this method also works with a spray bottle of undiluted lemon juice.

  • Baking soda

Cleaning  Chopping BoardsAs always the natural sanitising and abrasive properties of bicarb soda will help you in the battle against germs and bacteria; baking soda works exceptionally well on both plastic and wooden chopping boards; for best results scrub the board with a generous amount of bicarb soda on a regular basis; you can also use a baking soda, salt and water paste instead of powdered soda only; rinse the board under hot water after cleaning.

  • Table salt

Table salt is mainly a preservative, but it also does have certain (mild) bleaching properties; use table salt to freshen up and brighten the colours of chopping boards and butcher blocks after sanitising them. Rub salt directly with a rag or heavy duty sponge; a paste of salt and lemon juice is also an option you like to consider.