Forget TV suppers and dinners on the go; when someone has taken the time to prepare a meal, it’s only right that you take the time to sit down and enjoy it. Sharing meal times with friends and family is one of life’s greatest pleasures and with a few simple measures you can elevate your everyday eating experiences to Michelin star standard.
Any house-proud host will know the importance of knowing how to wash utensils, in the dishwasher or by hand – 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 tips for cleaning and sanitizing utensils, and your cooking and housekeeping will both attract rave reviews!
How to Wash Utensils by Hand
- First clean your utensils in hot water and a reliable washing up liquid, like Vim. It’s important to remove excess food as quickly as possible after eating as the salt and acids will cause gradual damage.
- Hand-dry with a clean non-abrasive cloth to remove any water spots. The quicker you dry your clean utensils, the better as the open air will cause unwanted natural drying marks.
- Natural cleaning solutions such as vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and soda water all work well on stains on stainless steel. To polish with vinegar, simply buff your utensils in a circular motion with a soft damp cloth lightly dampened with undiluted white vinegar. If using soda water, rinse the utensils in the liquid and dry immediately with a dry non-abrasive cloth. Lemon juice and olive oil can both be applied with a soft dry cloth, gently rubbing away at the stain.
Important! Always test any cleaning solution on a small part of your utensils before cleaning the whole thing. This is to check there is no discolouration or damage.
Cleaning Utensils Made of Silver
Cleaning silver utensils might seem old fashioned, but it’s just as important now as it ever was. Silver damages easily and you’ll need to clean your silver carefully. Dishwashing utensils might save us time, but when it comes to silver, a dishwasher is not your friend. Always clean your silver by hand and dry immediately to prevent water stains. You can use the directions above to learn more about the cleaning process.
Always use a soft non-abrasive cloth to dry off the silver utensils, removing any light tarnish with specialist silver metal polishing cloths or anti-tarnish strips. To protect your utensils and keep them clean for longer, store your silver in cotton bags or wraps.
Cleaning utensils is critical for hygiene and for presentation — equally important when we take so much pride in our homes. To keep everyone healthy and eating well, use these simple directions to make sure your cutlery is shining and ready for another meal!