For those who wash dishes by hand ~ A tip from my Mom

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  1. largentdepoche

    largentdepoche Well-Known Member

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    You know that powder stuff they are selling called Greasebullet or something, Mom gave me a much more easy frugal idea.

    Just use dishwasher detergent! A cheapo storebrand bag is cheap and does wonders!

    I had baked on grease and dried cake stuck to a glass pan. I took about half a scoop of powder and added some warm water. I let it sit for about 10 minutes. The grease and dried stuff came right off! I rewashed the pan and it was fine!

    Just a tip if you have stubborn stains and do dishes by hand.

    Kat
     
  2. Spotted Crow

    Spotted Crow Well-Known Member

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    Great tip! Thanks to mom...
     

  3. MorrisonCorner

    MorrisonCorner Mansfield, VT for 200 yrs

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    Do you wear gloves? I'd think that would be really harsh on your hands...
     
  4. largentdepoche

    largentdepoche Well-Known Member

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    Oh it didn't really mess up my hands at all, I just dumped the stuff out and then rewashed the dish with dishsoap like Palmolive. Due to the winter I cake my hands in lotion all the time lol.

    Kat
     
  5. largentdepoche

    largentdepoche Well-Known Member

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    :D I'll be sure to tell her :D

    Kat
     
  6. sancraft

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    Wow, thanks for the tip.
     
  7. hoofinitnorth

    hoofinitnorth Well-Known Member

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    How is the phosphate content on the stuff you're using? We have a septic system...
     
  8. caroline00

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    if it is a glass pan, I fill my roaster with water and boil the dish a bit and it comes right up!

    If it is plastic, I use either bleach or comet/ajax/bon ami whatever is cheapest...

    occasionally on glass, I will spritz oven cleaner on a spot...

    Its nice to know something else to try though :)
     
  9. hoofinitnorth

    hoofinitnorth Well-Known Member

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    caroline00 has a great idea that chefs use for pots that are NOT no-stick - deglaze them.
     
  10. wyld thang

    wyld thang God Smacked Jesus Freak Supporter

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    I just put hot water in it and let it sit till it just comes off(or the deglaze trick). If I need to scrape I use a spoon(cast iron or stainless steel). I noticed I dont' get dishpan hands with my well water, I did with town water.
     
  11. js2743

    js2743 Well-Known Member

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    DAWN works really well for this kinda stuff
     
  12. desertrat - 1

    desertrat - 1 Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm ..... maybe you touched on to something wyld thang . I 've noticed my hands are so sore , they are cracking and bleeding from doing dishes ....they are really hurting . I'm a mechanic so my hands are pretty tough . Also noticed my clothes are worse for wear and tear from laundry too . I mean like they are falling apart already . We have communal well water here where I live in the sticks and its real alkaline . I was thinking it was just the dryness here in AZ . Maybe its the water ??? I didnt notice it in CA where I lived last year and I did a whole lot more dishes and laundry over there . :shrug: .

    Interesting


    DR-1
     
  13. okgoatgal2

    okgoatgal2 Well-Known Member

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    i put water in the pan and set it on the stove until it starts steaming-loosens everything right up and it lets go.
     
  14. Lisa in WA

    Lisa in WA Formerly LisainN.Idaho Supporter

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    Arizona dryness is really tough on skin. I spent 10 years there and I even had the skin between my toes crack once. Ow. Use lots of lotion.
     
  15. Lisa in WA

    Lisa in WA Formerly LisainN.Idaho Supporter

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    We live off the grid so a dishwasher is pretty much out of the question. I've washing dishes by hand for 5 years now. (patting myself on the back for my fortitude :angel: ) One trick I found is to take a dryer sheet and put it in the pan with the cooked on residue and let hot water sit in it. It all comes right off after a few minutes.
     
  16. Trixie

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    Has anyone used the Magic Bullets. I have been wondering if it could be used on aluminum?

    From what they show, it isn't cooked on food, but burned on grease they are cleaning - or purporting to clean.

    So anyone use it? I don't order stuff like that - since I am not ever sure if it really works. I like to find out if someone has actually tried it.

    For grease on glass cookware, I use a SOS or Comet, etc. If it is really bad, I spray on oven cleaner and put it in a pastic bag overnight. The same with something stainless steel - not for aluminum.

    My trick for handwashing is to use a little vinegar or citrus juice. WE bought some lime juice at the 'bargain' (surplus) store. I knew it was out of 'sell by' date, but thought it would be good for as long as it would last around here. When I poured some in a glass first, it was very brown and had a lot of icky sediment in it. I was going to throw it out, but decided to just put a capful in each pan of dishes. Since I am in a travel trailer, my sinks aren't large. It cuts the grease a lot better and also, the hands feel better.