Sometimes baking soda and table salt are much more effective. Here are 6 things you should never clean with dishwashing soap.
1. Cast iron cookware
The cast-iron frying pan is durable, easy to use, and highly versatile. Fry meat, scrambled eggs, potatoes, or pancakes on it – the dishes will turn out excellent. But between preparations, the pan needs to be cleaned to get rid of the odors that cast iron absorbs very well. And, of course, it’s important not to ruin the dishes.
Cast iron kitchen utensils are not recommended to be washed with ordinary dish detergent. This is not a strict ban, but some ways are much more effective.
How to clean cast iron cookware
Place used dishes under hot water. Wear gloves to avoid scalding. Use a sponge or hard brush to remove food debris from the surface.
Use a thick mixture of water and salt to get rid of stuck-on food pieces. Wipe the surface with this “scrub” with a sponge or paper towel. Remove any remaining salt.
Dry the dishes thoroughly. You can dry it on the stove with low power of the burner, or wipe it dry with a towel. This will protect the cast iron from rusting.
Using a paper towel, apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to the inside of the crockery. Spread over the entire area and remove excess. This will create a protective, non-stick layer. Place the dishes in a dry place until next use.
Clean cast iron cookware by hand immediately after use. Do not soak it; rust may appear. You can remove rust from cast iron cookware using salt and potato tubers.
2. Geyser coffee maker
The popular coffee maker does not need any dish detergent. Manufacturers claim that a light coffee deposit accumulates overtime at the bottom of the bowl and gives the drink a richer taste. And the dishwashing detergent removes it.
How to clean a geyser coffee maker
Disassemble the coffee maker into its parts.
Shake the remaining coffee out of the coffee maker’s bowl. Rinse each element under warm water until the fine coffee particles are completely gone.
Wipe dry or leave to dry naturally.
When all items are dry, reassemble the coffee maker. Done, you can brew coffee.
Silver cutlery and crockery fade and darken over time. And dishwashing detergent will not help to restore their original appearance in any way.
How to clean silverware
- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and salt in a container.
- Add half a glass of vinegar.
- Pour one glass of boiling water over.
- Place the cutlery or utensils in the container to be completely covered with water and do not touch each other.
- Leave it on for half an hour (if the dirt is heavy, it may take longer).
- Remove cutlery or crockery and dry with a clean towel.
Store your silverware separately in a dry place; wrap each cutlery in the special paper (such as parchment) or put it in a separate compartment.
4. Vegetables and fruits
Many people use detergent to remove pesticides from vegetables and fruits. However, food safety experts do not recommend washing fruits and berries with dishwashing detergent. According to research, it is no more efficient than running water.
How to wash vegetables and fruits
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
- Remove or trim unwanted leaves and stems.
- Remove additional dirt (e.g., soil) with a brush.
- Brush thick-skinned fruits with a brush before removing them.
- Rinse fruits and vegetables under running water.
- Rewash your hands with soap and water.
Wash fruits and vegetables immediately before eating or preparing.
Even a gentle and mild dishwashing detergent is not suitable for regular use as hand soap. It can dry out the skin. It is best to wear rubber gloves when washing dishes. Your skin will remain intact, and you will reduce the risk of scalding if the water is too hot. Moreover, you should not use a cleanser to cleanse the delicate skin of the face. It even sounds painful.
This idea may seem a little strange to some, but it also has followers. With prolonged use of unsuitable products, the paintwork condition is disrupted, and the car body fades. If you like to clean your car with your own hands, then go to the self-service car wash, where they will give out everything you need for this.
Each thing has its own purpose. Sometimes, it turns out to find unexpected use for a completely ordinary tool or object, but you need to act carefully. If the label says “for dishes,” then it is for dishes. And even not for everyone.
Adapted and translated by Wiki Avenue Staff
Sources: Life hacker