A Sweet Fix For Preventing Cloudy Glasses From The Dishwasher

My friend and Don’t Look Under The Rug® team member, Jenna Schario, is sharing her struggles with cloudy dishes today on the blog. It was too good to pass up, so enjoy:

I didn’t grow up with a dishwasher. I spent my childhood on a farm washing dishes in an old, double sink that sat below two windows looking out at the garden. When your cracked the windows just right a cool breeze would come through the screens, giving the washer relief from the soapy hot water that was constantly spilling everywhere. 

How To Clean Your Cast Iron Skillet Without Using Soap

I really enjoy cooking with a good cast iron skillet. I love being able to take the skillet from stove top to oven in a snap. Plus, the heavy skillet speeds up cook time of roasting chicken, without drying it out, and leaves it with a delicious golden color. 

Bare cast iron vessels have been used for cooking for over two thousand years, and date back as early as the Han Dynasty. In many cases, you will see cast iron skillets, dutch ovens, or other containers passed down from generation to generation -- from grandmother, to mother, to daughter, and so on. These skillets have experienced A LOT of cooking hours, and no doubt many people will have put a lot of care in maintaining the skillet's "seasoning". This seasoning is what keeps your skillet from rusting and creates a non-stick surface, so it is definitely worth protecting. Whether you are the recipient of a generational skillet, or you bought one brand new, you definitely want to take care of it!

Cast iron skillets are different than other cooking tools, so the way you clean them needs to be different, too! The key...DO NOT WANT TO USE SOAP when cleaning your cast iron skillet (I repeat: DO NOT USE SOAP WHEN CLEANING YOUR CAST IRON SKILLET)! Why? Because using soap will take away the seasoning!

Here's my cleaning tip for cleaning your cast iron one minute:

I shared this cleaning tip with my friends at the NewsOn6 - The key to protecting your cast iron is to NOT use soap on it!

I shared this cleaning tip with my friends at the NewsOn6 - The key to protecting your cast iron is to NOT use soap on it!

How To Fix A Slow Draining, Poorly Rinsing Dishwasher

Around the holidays, I find myself double checking my dishes for dried on food before I hand them to guests. If you wonder why your dishwasher is leaving your dishes less than spotless or you have standing water in the bottom of the tub, try this tip before calling the repairman. It may save you a few dollars... and the embarrassment of stuck on food!

I hope you enjoyed this quick cleaning tip for the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays! #happycleaning - Amy Bates

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News on 6: Reseal Countertops To Keep Them Looking Great

Over time wear and tear takes a toll on your countertops. If you notice water is soaking into your countertops (instead of beading up) then you need to definitely reseal them. Generally, you need to reseal countertops every six to twelve months to keep them in good shape. It's not a complicated process but some may find it intimidating. As the holidays are coming up you want to make sure your countertops look great, so I checked in with my friends at News On 5 (KOTV) to show you how!

#happycleaning - Amy Bates

News on 6: Cleaning Dirty Coffee Pots in a Jiffy

As I write this, I am finishing up a glorious cup of french press coffee. I admit, I make multiple batches of coffee throughout the day. With all that use, my coffee carafe can get stained and dirty from the coffee ground overload. However, if your coffee carafe is insulated, you can't simply put it in the dishwasher to get it clean. However, there is a natural way to get it clean safely! So I checked-in with my friends at News on 6 in Tulsa this week with a quick tip to help keep those overworked coffee pots ready for the next brew!

What yoU need:

  • Fresh lemon
  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • Water
  • Crushed ice 

How To Clean A Stained Coffee Pot (without vinegar)

Are you a coffee lover?
Do you hate having a dirty coffee or tea pot but don't want to wash the carafe in the dishwasher (who can part without it for so long!)? 

Try this quick and easy tip and say goodbye to using a coffee-stained pot... without using vinegar!

#happycleaning, Amy Bates

Cleaning Tips For Selling Your Home: Kitchen

Jillian Ihloff from Ihloff Homes-McGraw Realtors in Tulsa, OK shared a quick checklist me for keeping your kitchen neat and clean when trying to sell your home! From decluttering to quick staging tips, this is your task list for last minute home showings:

#happycleaning, Amy Bates