10 Easy Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Greasy Dishes

What's a mom's never-ending complaint? Don't leave your dishes in the sink; put them in the dishwater. But kids -- and spouses -- never learn. There are always a tower's worth of plates, pots and bowls threatening to topple over before you can ever find the time to wash them.

Washing them may be easier than you think, though. Attack extra-greasy dishes, pots and pans by filling a sink full of hot water and adding 3 to 4 tablespoons of white vinegar, along with a squirt of your usual dishwashing liquid. Vinegar's natural acidity will cut through that stubborn grease like a knife through butter, leaving you more time to try out the next 9 kitchen tricks.

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