I used to be a server/waitress at a restaurant a few years back and I learned a thing or two to get things clean that I would have never thought of otherwise. Restaurants want their places clean and they want it done efficiently and quickly. Not to mention, the servers want to get it done so they can go home. I learned a few tricks that gets things cleaned fabulously and quickly. It saves my time so that I can do other things.
It is the simplest things that really make such a difference. Just a few household items around your house like salt, vinegar, ketchup, water and little salt can go a long way and also helps to save me money.
Be sure to check out all five cleaning secrets.
Clean Your Stained Coffee Pot
To remove coffee stains from the inside of a glass coffee pot, add 4 teaspoons salt, 1 cup ice. Crushed ice works the best. And 1 tablespoon water. Gently swirl until clean, then rinse. Coffee pot should be at room temperature before cleaning. Do not use if pot is cracked or chipped. If your coffee pot is really stained, try adding a couple of squeezes of fresh lemon and swirl away. You might have to repeat a couple of times, but it will eventually come clean.
*Do not use cleaner.
*Make sure the water you rinse with is cold or it will cause the glass pot to crack.
|Clean and looks like new!|
Ketchup To Clean Brass
This tip was a big surprise to me, but works like a charm. This also will work on cleaning gold too. Squirt a spoonful of ketchup onto a clean dry cloth. Work it onto the brass or gold surface. Let a thin layer of ketchup dry on the surface. Wet your cloth and wipe the surface clean. Use another dry cloth to buff the brass or gold until polished to a shine.
Coffee Filters for Streak-Free, Sparkling Glass
We would only use coffee filters to clean glass. They are fantastic for removing fingerprints and water stains. They do not leave fibers or streaks like cloths or paper towels can. If you have a mark that is stubborn, try boiling a pot of water and use the steam from the water vapors to help the coffee filter clean to an awesome shine. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Remove Grid From Flower Vases
After your flowers have been sitting in your vase for a couple of days, it can create a ring or leave a grity residue at the bottom of the vase. Just mix 1/3 cup of salt and 2 tablespoons vinegar to form a paste. Apply to inside of vase. Let stand 20 minutes, scrub, and discard paste. Rinse vase and dry. For a large vase, double or triple the quantity of paste.
Salt for Wine Stains
It happens, sometimes a little wine will fall onto your shirt, or a guest might spill a little red wine onto a white cotton linen. Immediately pour enough salt directly on the stain to soak up the liquid. Immerse the fabric for 1/2 hour in cold water. Wash as usual in your washing machine.
thanks for he tips , they will save me from a lot of scrubbing
Dr. Reginia; The Social Mistress says
I used to work in a restaurant too and learned a few tips. I didn’t know about the coffee pot though. I am an avid coffee drinker and this will come in handy. You always have great information that’s why I love your blog.
My Thirty Spot says
Thanks @anonymous and thank you so much Reginia for your kind words. Your comment made my day!
We use to use a little bit of vinegar & a penny. Swirl it around a few times & your pot should come clean. ( I put enough vinegar to cover the bottom of the pot.)
I worked in a bar, and we wiuld use soda water to clean the table tops…then wipe with a damp wet cloth. Worked great!
Wow!! I never knew ketchup could be used to clean gold, thanks for the tips!