Al Freeman wrote:What to do with a stinky dish rag or sponge: NUKE it in the microwave for about 10 seconds on high and then toss it in the wash. Microwaves kill all the "wee-beasties" that make it smell bad.
I live on a small farm with NO dishwasher and septic (although I use a composting toilet). I put a few drops of detergent into a sink filled with a couple inches of HOT water, soak my dirty dishes there until it cools down to where it doesn't hurt my hands to dip them in and then, I use a plastic scrub brush on a handle to give them each a good 'once-over'. Next, they go into another sink a couple inches full of HOT water. I grab them out of the HOT rinse water with baby-bottle tongs ($1 at the Dollar Store) and let them air dry in a wire basket thingy on the counter top next to my kitchen sink.
I rarely use a dishrag for dishes, but I do use one for wiping counters, cleaning up spills and so on. When they start smelling "ripe" I pop them into Mr. Microwave, then into my cloths washer and that's that.
Hope this helps someone.
r ranson wrote:I love chain mail scrubbers. Real chainmail works even better than what most people sell, but it's hard to come by. The stuff with the round wire rings works pretty good too. Much better than a scrub bud and lasts longer too.
I caution against using it on steel pots as it will scratch the pot.
Most people don't realise that stainless steel pots can be more non-stick than teflon pots (rivalled, perhaps, only by cast iron). When a stainless steel pot comes from the manufacturer, it's been polished smooth. You can keep that smooth polish by treating your pot with care. My technique is to never use metal inside the pot, never add salt to cold water (it pits the bottom), and never clean with something harder than wood. Do this and you'll never need to scrub your pots because they will stay non-stick. Even burnt on stuff comes off easily. If you do get a scratch (like a guest using a metal spoon to stir your best pot - girr!) then some baking soda, a damp rag and a lot of elbow grease (preferably that of the offending person who made the scratch) will repolish the pan.
Now chain mail on cast iron - love it!
Never tried it on ceramic.
What about scratching on glassware or ceramics - does it happen?
I have heard that one doesnt need soap with chainmail scrubbers. Your experience?
r ranson wrote:They've been using the chainmail scrubbers for about 30 years it shows no sign of wear. But theirs are made of real chainmail - with flat links - which is different than the modern round ring mail.
They made them in the SCA.