3 ways to make your dinnerware sparkle

As the festive season is upon us a lot of our time will be filled with eating, drinking and merriment. If you’ve spent hours creating a delicious festive feast, don’t let the wow factor be taken away from your glorious spread with stained, dreary dinnerware.
Here are 3 easy tips to get your crockery in tip-top condition before the big day. 
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18.12.2018

As the festive season is upon us a lot of our time will be filled with eating, drinking and merriment. If you’ve spent hours creating a delicious festive feast, don’t let the wow factor be taken away from your glorious spread with stained, dreary dinnerware.

Here are 3 easy tips to get your crockery in tip-top condition before the big day. 

1. Food Stains

If you enjoy cooking with spices or deep-coloured foods such as tomatoes and beetroot, it’s common to find pesky orange stains on your plates, especially if they’re white or lightly coloured. However, whether you have vintage dinnerware or day-to-day dishes, we have a trick or two to remove those unwanted blemishes. 

  • For lighter stains combine a tablespoon of baking soda and enough water to create a sticky paste. Apply the solution directly to the stain and use a scouring pad or dish cloth to scrub vigorously, then rinse. 
  • Deeper stains may require a stronger solvent mixture and time to soak. Using enough hot water to completely submerge the dish add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar per cup of water, and allow to soak for 1-2 hours, don’t forget to rinse clean!

 2. Scratches

If you’ve had your dinnerware for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed a gradual accumulation of stubborn cutlery scratches, making it less than party-ready. If the regular after dinner scrub or repeat cycle isn’t doing the trick, it’s time to bring in the baking soda and cream of tartar. 

  • Choose your abrasive cleaner of choice (baking soda or cream of tartar) and sprinkle generously over the surface of the affected item. Similar, to when removing lighter food stains, add a few drops of water to create a paste then rub with a dish cloth, scrubbing the scuffs until they’re gone – be warned heavy scuffs may take some elbow grease. Finally wash the paste away and rinse the dishes like normal. 

3. Coffee Stains

Coffee and tea stains can be stubborn to remove and are unsightly for guests who want to enjoy a warm festive beverage. If your favourite mugs are beginning to sport some unsightly brown rings, think about investing in some lemons. 

  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon onto the stained area and use a damp cloth to scrub at the stain, the acidity of the lemon juice should work its magic through those annoying stains in no time.
  • Once again for more stubborn stains submerge your mugs in a mixture of 1 cup of hot water to 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar and leave to soak overnight.


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