How to Wash Beautiful Dishes Without Breaking Them
The holidays are coming soon, and for some it means cooking “good” meals. “Good” dishes are different in every home, but one thing remains the same: you don’t want to break “good” dishes because this will cause a lot of screams and discontent, and it is better to limit this during the holidays.
In order not to break the dishes, you need to protect them from hard surfaces, mainly from the sink and the floor, but you should also pay attention to what you rub and with what you rub.
To make the sink a little safer, use a rubber mat, a basin, or simply place a thick towel on the bottom of the sink. A thick towel is by far the roughest choice, but it will keep the dishes from breaking if dropped, and that’s the whole point.
Soak before gentle cleaning
Instead of washing the dishes aggressively, let them soak a little so that all tough food crumbles before gently wiping them off with a soft sponge (not a dishwashing sponge or anything remotely resembling steel wool). This is where the crockery bath makes a big difference as you can lift it out of the sink, allowing you to attack the tougher and less special crockery (as well as pots and pans) while the “good” crockery is soaked. Do not stack dishes while they are soaking, as stacking can lead to falls and falling can be discouraging.
Make a floor pillow
In a perfect world, no one would ever drop a dish, good or otherwise, but since we find ourselves in a dark timeline – I think it’s safe to say that the world is not perfect – you may well drop a dish.
If you have a hard floor, like most kitchen floors, your plate is likely to crack, so it might be a good idea to make the floor a little softer. You can buy a rubber kitchen mat from a home improvement store, or use – again – a thick towel and stand on it while you wash the “good” dishes.
No Bleach & Citrus Free
Finally, if your “good” crockery is porcelain, choose a mild, bleach-free, citrus-free cleaning agent. I love the smell of citrus-based cleaners, but they contain acid, and acid can damage porcelain. After submerging in some warm, soapy water, rinse the crockery completely, then air dry, being careful not to put anything too close to the edge. For extra protection, place a thick towel on the floor next to the dryer; The universe is chaotic and careless, and you can never be too careful.