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Catching Up With The Coach
May 2022

Original Release: 5/1/2022

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For this month I'd like to highlight the following tips.

A huge thanks to Melanie Mama Peach for sharing.

1) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes
Dishwasher Film
* Fill dishwasher with all your glasses and porcelain China. Never put any silver, aluminum or brass in the washer when this method is used or you will have a mess. Put a bowl in the bottom of the dishwasher. Pour 1 cup of household bleach into the bowl. Run through washing cycle but do not dry. This is important. Fill bowl again with 1 cup white vinegar and let the dishwasher go through the entire cycle. This will remove all film, not only from your glasses but from your dishwasher too.

2) About Clogged Drains

Drains
* When a drain is clogged with grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda in the drain followed by a kettle of boiling water. The grease will usually dissolve immediately and open the drain.

3) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes:
Electric Frying Pan
* To rid the brown grease spots that form on the bottom of electric frying pan, place the pan in a large plastic bag containing a cloth saturated with ammonia. Close the bag with a rubber band, leaving the handle containing the electric element outside of the bag. In a few hours, remove the pan and you'll be able to wipe the spots off with ease.

4) Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes

Garbage Disposals
* Grind a half lemon into the disposal to remove any unpleasant odor.

5) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes
Glassware
* Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to the dishwasher to make glasses sparkle.
* Hot vinegar will help remove paint spots from glass.
* To take off stubborn stains from the inside of glass vases, dampen the interior and sprinkle with any toilet bowl cleaner. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes and the stains or film will disappear.

6) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes
Graters
* Use a pastry brush to brush lemon rind, cheese, onion or whatever out of the grater before washing it.

7) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes
Meat Grinder
* Before washing, run a piece of bread through it.

8) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes:
Ovens
* Following a spill, sprinkle with salt immediately. When oven is cool, brush off burnt food and wipe with damp sponge.
* Sprinkle bottom of oven with automatic-dishwasher soap and cover with wet paper towels. Let stand for a few hours.
* A quick way to clean oven parts is to place a bath towel in the bathtub and pile all removable parts from the oven onto it. Draw enough hot water to just cover the racks, etc. and sprinkle a cup of dishwasher soap over it. When you are cleaning the inside of the oven, the rest will be cleaning itself.
* Try cleaning the glass on your oven door by dipping a washcloth in baking soda. Use as you would scouring powder.

9) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes
Plastic Cups
* Coffee or tea stains can be scoured out with baking soda.

10) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes
Aluminum Utensils
* Minerals in foods and water may cause dark stains inside aluminum utensils. To remove stains, boil water to which you have added some white vinegar.

11) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes
Refrigerators
* A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the refrigerator will eliminiate odors.
* To prevent mildew from forming, wipe with vinegar. The acid effectively kills the mildew fungus.
* Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water. Wash inside and out.
* Use a glycerin-soaked cloth to wipe sides and shelves. Future spills wipe up easier. And after the freezer has been defrosted, coat the inside and coils with glycerin. The next time you defrost, the ice will loosen quickly and drop off in sheets.
* An open box of baking soda will absorb food odors for at least a month or two.

12) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes
Sinks
* For a sparkling white sink, place paper towels across the bottom of your sink and saturate with household bleach. Let sit for 30 minutes or so.
* Stains on porcelain can be easily removed with a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and cream of tartar.
* Rub stainless steel sinks with lighter fluid if rust marks appear. After the rust disappears, wipe with your regular kitchen cleaner.
* To remove streaks from stainless steel, rub with baby oil or olive oil.
* Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to remove water spots from stainless steel.
* Spots on stainless steel can also be removed with white vinegar.
* Carbonated water will shine up stainless steel in a jiffy.

13) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Cleanups/For The Drops And Disasters, Plus Some Of The Ordinary Dreary Messes:
Sponges
* To renew and freshen, soak overnight in salt water or baking soda.
* Wash in dishwasher.


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