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Clean your can opener

There are several methods for disinfecting and cleaning can openers. Here are a few:

1. Vinegar and a toothbrush
Take an old toothbrush and dip it in white vinegar; use it to scrub well the can opener.
Then dip and swish the can opener in hot soapy water, rinse it and let it dry.

2. Electric can openers
In order to clean an electric can opener, a simple option is to run a paper towel through the mechanism, which will most likely absorb most of the grease and food particles.

3. Wax paper
Run a sheet of wax paper through the mechanism of an old and dirty manual can opener and it will both clean it and smooth it, making your next can openings much easier

4. Remove rust
In order to remove severe rust from a can opener, let the tool sit in a bowl filled with white vinegar for a few hours, up to a full night. Then with an old toothbrush scrub the rust away. Rinse with water and soap the gears and dry them, letting them run through a cloth to make sure they are fully dry.

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Dishwasher does not clean tea stains from teacups- we have tried a variety of soaps and have used sani-clean. Machine is only one month old- new fully integrated model.


Method #1

  • Wet a cloth then rub the inside of the mug with baking soda. If the stains are stubborn, soak overnight in hot water and baking soda.

Method #2

  • Soak the mug in bleach OR vinegar for several hours or overnight.

Method #3

  • Fill mug with boiling water, add two spoonfuls of dishwasher detergent then soak overnight.

Method #4

  • Try a paste of corn starch and vinegar, apply and let sit for a few minutes then scrub away.

Method #5

  • Drop two denture tablets in the mug, pour hot water over top then soak overnight.

After soaking mugs and removing the stains, rinse and wash very well before using-especially when using the bleach method.

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How do I clean my iron?


I am assuming that you have scale or lime build up on your iron. Make a solution of half white vinegar and half distilled water. Pour it in the water container on your iron. Turn your iron on its highest setting and set for steam. Wait about 15 minutes and turn off the iron. When water cools pour off the remaining water/vinegar solution. Fill the iron with distilled water and turn on. Let it heat and then cool then pour off that solution. Do this till the poured off water runs clear. If you have scale on the bottom of the iron you can clean that with an old toothbrush dipped into warm white vinegar. There may be easier ways to do this but this is eco friendly and it works the best of anything I have tried.

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our ten year old kitchenaid dishwasher doesn't get the dishes clean. there is food particles left on dishes if we don't completely rinse our dishes. is there a cleanout filter that needs to be emptied?


Locate your dishwasher's filter. It is typically on the floor of the dishwasher. Pull out the bottom rack and look along the bottom of the dishwasher until you find it.

Use a paper towel or sponge to remove any residue or debris that has accumulated on the outside of the filter once you locate it. On some dishwashers, the filter area does not detach or open, so your hand cleaning will stop here. On other models, you can unscrew the filter housing to access the inside and clean any debris from the filter area. Simply wash out the filter using soap and water, then reassemble once cleaning is complete.

Further clean the filter area by pouring a quart of white vinegar into the bottom of the empty dishwasher. Turn to a wash cycle and allow the dishwasher to run with the vinegar cleaning the mechanisms, including the filter.

To deep-clean your dishwasher and the filter periodically, mix the following ingredients together in a bowl, then pour into the bottom of the dishwasher: 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup bleach. Let the mixture sit in the bottom of the empty dishwasher overnight. The next morning run a wash cycle, letting the bleach mixture clean and disinfect the dishwasher thoroughly.

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watch needs cleaning.


Find a good jewelry cleaner where you can soak jewelry (rings, earings) and let only the band soak. Use a soft or medium toothbrush to finish with the band, then dip the toothbrush in the cleaner to clean the rest.

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I would recomend calling the 800 number to answer that question. I have this unit too and the instructions do NOT say to soak in Amonia and Vinegar! Good luck with that!

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