How to load a dishwasher

MOST people just throw the dishes in the dishwasher wherever they may fit — that’s the luxury of having a washer in the first place right? Wrong. Experts say you’re not loading this handy appliance properly. Carolyn Forte, director of home appliances for the Good Housekeeping Institute, told the Independent that the chore causes a …

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Dirty tea towels

Spontaneous combustion to blame for hundreds of fires KENT BLECHYNDEN A fire caused by newly dried tea towels gutted the Backbencher pub in Wellington in June 2012, and damaged several of its political puppets. Nearly 200 fires a year are thought to have been caused by spontaneous combustion, usually involving oily rags, recently dried laundry, …

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“When you’re working … wear gloves and have hand sanitizer on the line. We change the cutting board every two hours.” Juan Santamaria, Momma’s Kitchen, Montvale

Cleaning with beer

“In days of yore, the last bit of beer from spent kegs was collected and used to polish the copper vats in breweries. Gregg Smith, general manager of the Idaho Brewing Company, is keeping the tradition alive by using beer to put a shine on the copper-top tables in his Idaho Falls establishment. “Because of …

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Soy sauce is an excellent degreaser. Try using it to clean stove grease off your range hood, tea kettle, and backsplash. Adam Dachis

Germs everywhere!

HAMILTON, OH — Restaurant menus may harbor more germs and bacteria than any other surface in foodservice locations. According to studies, menus can have bacteria counts as high as 185,000 per square centimeter-far more than a toilet seat. The reason: Scores of people touch restaurant menus and yet they are rarely cleaned. Of course, people …

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Keep your dishwasher clean

Over time, dishwashers stop cleaning as well as they used to and need to be cleaned. The Kitchn points to two parts of your dishwasher, the trap and the seals, that might be in need of care. It might sound counterintuitive to clean a machine that’s made for cleaning, but your dishwasher catches all kinds …

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Clean a cast iron skillet

To clean a cast iron skillet, toss about 1/2 cup coarse salt into the pan and rub with a soft sponge. The salt removes excess oils and takes off  bits of food without messing with the seasoning of the pan. Noreen  

Avoid water spots

To get the water spots off chrome faucets, after cleaning rub them with a piece of wax paper- it will keep the water spots and finger prints from sticking to the clean metal. Noreen