Household tips

3 Aug

Restore the shine to a roasting pan
Cold weather means comfort food and a call to duty for your roasting pan. Although shiny when new, stainless steel can look dull and mottled over time and develop rust-coloured stains, usually caused by caramelised pan juices stubbornly adhering to the surface. A metal sourer is not the answer, as it will cause unsightly scratches. Dishwashing powder is also terribly unkind to stainless steel, so hand washing in hot soapy water after use is the only safe route to take.

Restore the shine to a roasting pan
When it comes to removing rust-coloured stains, mix bicarb soda and distilled white vinegar into a thick paste. Apply to the stain with a kitchen cloth and scrub in a circular motion, adding more vinegar if the paste becomes too dry. It does take time, but the results are more than rewarding. Follow with a rinse in warm water and towel dry.

Clean stained coffee cups

Coffee and tea can leave stubborn marks on cups and mugs.

Shifting them is surprisingly easy using natural materials.

Squeeze a wedge of lemon into the mug then add the wedge and fill with boiling water. Leave to soak overnight, then empty.

Wrap a damp cloth around your finger, dip it into some bi-carb soda and rub the stains in a circular motion.

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