Do you have a Mt. Dishes at your house?
It’s an unfortunate hazard of the real food household, but it has to be conquered. Often.
Anything to make it an easier process is welcome, like my One Quick Tip to make dishes more tolerable for my husband.
This quick tip is about what’s under the sink (besides my triple threat natural cleaning supplies):
If you’ve read Kitchen Stewardship for very long at all, you know I’m famous for uber long posts.
This One Quick Tip series is an attempt to write a super short, quickly helpful post that you can pin and share and use right away in your kitchen (or sometimes the rest of the house).
You can follow the One Quick Tip pin board so you don’t have to read the longest posts in the world but still keep up on the tips, things that speed your day along, increase nutrition in the kitchen, or make life more manageable in some way.
One Quick Tip: Free Dishwashing Tools to get in the Nooks and Crannies
Don’t you hate it when you can’t get that last bit of dried on egg salad out of the crevices in a lid or the nuts stuck in your chopper because nothing reaches that far? Bottle brushes are too big, your fingernail isn’t long enough…
Here’s what you need in your dishwashing tool tub (mine is my old community bathroom caddy from college dorm life!) alongside the plastic scraper and green scrubby for cast iron, steel wool for stainless steel, bottle brushes and veggie scrubbers:
That’s a toothbrush and a wooden skewer stick.
When you are ready to toss an old toothbrush, run it through the dishwasher instead. I have one in every bathroom for getting the gunk out from around the bottom of the faucets and the caulk around the sink, and in the kitchen it also helps me get places like this:
And when this has stuck-on parsley from making chicken stock:
And even making sure the hilt of the knife doesn’t start a petting zoo:
They’re awesome for cleaning out bathroom sink drains, too.
The other item is the skewer stick, which is an even more inspired idea, for the truly impossible places, like this one:
That chopper is great for chopping small batches of nuts and cranberries for homemade muffins, but those ground nuts sometimes get so jammed in there that even the strongest spray of water doesn’t dislodge them. Skewer stick. Awesomeness.
It’s also good for poking dried up cheese out of graters, and this job:
Lovely mildew in my water bottle lid. I’m sure I’ll probably die a horrible death because I won’t use bleach on that stuff, but I did soak it in some antibacterial essential oil and water mixture after I took this picture, and hydrogen peroxide is next. It feels good to scrape it out with the skewer first though!
The last item in my dishwashing tub, that remains easily accessible under my sink, is that repurposed Parmesan cheese bottle full of baking soda, great for shining up the sink, countertop stains, cleaning the stovetop, and soaking really burnt-on pans of gunk.
Now you can make a pin board for tips and share this greatness with the world.
What are your best (cheap and free) dishwashing sanity savers?
Other Quick Tip Posts:
- How to Get Your Husband to do More Dishes (& Like It)
- How to Keep Winter Hats and Mittens Dry
- The Perfect Bottle to Serve Real Maple Syrup
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