Any proud host will know the importance of sparkling clean utensils, whether cleaned by hand or in the dishwasher. Guests can be particular and no matter how good your cooking is, if you are serving it with a grubby knife and fork there’s bound to be complaints. Follow these simple steps for cleaning and sanitising your kitchen utensils, and your cooking and housekeeping will both attract rave reviews!
Ingredients to Keep Handy:
a) Dishwashing liquid
b) A sink full of hot water
e) Baking soda
g) Detergent powder
How to Wash Wooden Utensils
Wooden utensils are more prone to staining than your stainless steel cutlery. Follow the steps given below to keep your wooden utensils stain and odour free.
Step 1: Scrub with Soapy Solution
Soak the wooden utensil in a hot soapy solution. Mix 2-3 tsp. of dishwashing liquid in 1 large bowl of hot water. Scrub off the utensil using a sponge. Rinse with tap water. You can try using Vim Dishwash Gel for this as it is easily available in the market.
Step 2: Rub Salt and Lemon
Lemon’s acidic properties helps remove any odours and when combined with salt, helps lift grime and stains easily. Cut a lemon in two halves. Take one half and cover it with a layer of salt. Now, rub the salt-covered lemon on the stained area of your wooden utensil. Keep at it
until the salt dissolves completely. Rinse with cold water.
Step 3: Treat with Baking Soda
Baking soda acts as a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali and can dissolve dirt and grime easily in water. It helps clean stains thoroughly. If the stain persists, mix 1 cup of lemon juice with ½ cup of baking soda. Scrub this paste on the stain. It will come right off.
Rinse with cold water to remove the lime juice residue and baking soda.
Step 4: Dry In Sun
Keep your wooden utensil under the sun to dry naturally. The sunlight will lighten any old stain and help you keep your wooden utensils odour free.
How to Sanitise Your Kitchen Utensils
Step 1: Boil Water
Pour some water in a deep bottom pan and turn on the gas. Wait for the water to start boiling.
Step 2: Place Your Utensils in Boiling Water
Immerse your kitchen items in boiling water and cover the pan with a lid for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Remove the Items
Turn off the gas and remove your kitchen items from boiling water using a clean pair of tongs. Place these items on a drying rack and let them dry naturally. Avoid direct contact with your sanitised items as they will be extremely hot. Wiping the utensils with a kitchen towel can transfer germs so drying naturally is a better alternative.
Once you are done cleaning the utensils, clean the countertops thoroughly. You can use a kitchen cleaner like Cif Kitchen Cleaner. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions.
How to Save Water While Washing Utensils
Remember to keep the tap turned off whenever you are scrubbing any utensil. It will help save water to a great extent. Always scrape food residue off utensils before washing. This helps save water. Also, wash your utensils before the food dries on them. Immediate washing consumes lesser water as compared to washing when the utensils are dry. For stubborn
stains on your cookware, it is best to pre-soak them by filling in water and 3-4 drops of dishwashing liquid in each utensil. This helps lift stubborn food deposits and consumes lesser time when scrubbing.
Using the Right Scrubbing Pads for Your Utensils
Using the right kind of scrub pad is important for specific type of utensils and helps maintain them in good condition for longer. To scrub your stainless-steel utensils, you may use your
regular scrub pad or a specific stainless-steel scrub pad. For expensive ceramics, it is best to use sponge-based scrub pads to avoid scratches. For glass cookware, you may use a foam scrub pad which gives gentle exfoliation. For aluminum cookware, a steel wool scrub pad works best.
Keeping your utensils clean and shiny is extremely important if you like to host dinner parties and get-togethers. But while you are at it, don’t forget that your kitchen towels, washing sponges etc. need cleaning too. Replace your scrub brushes regularly.
Do not use a dishwashing liquid to wash your cast-iron pans. Rinsing them with warm water is enough. However, if you want to give them a thorough cleaning, sprinkle some salt over your cast-iron pans. Scrub off the salt with a sponge and rinse to remove the residual salt. Ensure that the pan is dried properly before you put it away. Dampness will cause your
pans to rust.