Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Kitchen Cleaning and other Cleaning topics.
Cleaning the good china can turn washing the dishes from a routine kitchen cleaning chore, to one that's more time consuming as we gingerly handle plates and teacups for fear of breakage. There's good news though. Most modern china can be washed in the dishwasher using a mild detergent that does not contain lemon or bleach. To prevent breakage, place pieces so that they do not touch each other. Turn your dishwasher on to the "china" or "gentle" setting. Once it's clean and dry, allow the china to cool completely before removing from the dishwasher. Certain types of china can become even more fragile when heated, so it's imperative the china cools before storing. For this reason, only warm soapy water should be used when handy washing fine china.Use a mild dishwashing liquid. Hand painted, metal trimmed, or antique china should always be hand washed. To protect china when washing the dishes, place a dishtowel or protective mat on the bottom of the sink before beginning to clean. If cups have stubborn coffee or tea stains,dip your sponge in some baking soda and rub gently to remove the stain. To protect china during storage, place a coffee filter or paper plate between each bowl or dish before stacking. China should be stored in temperature and humidity controlled areas to protect the glaze. Take your china out of storage at least once a year and wash the pieces to keep impurities from impregnating the glaze and keep the glaze strong.
I think a good way to keep stuff from breaking, is to pack the China in automotive rear-end grease, like the Army does with their rifles. You don't see too many busted rifles lyin' around, do ya? And, then just take some pictures of your China, and hang the pictures in your buffet. Also, you can just take one picture, then go to Kinko's and make 10 copies. Saves on film. When your creepy relatives come over for a visit and ask you where your good China is, just mumble something about The Hydrogen Man borrowing it for an intergalactic picnic on planet Zockerhaus, and the dishes will transport back to the buffet at the assigned vector impact. And Baba Booey to y'all.
Gee. Thanks for that!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|