10 Easy Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Family Heirlooms

When it's time to wash your treasured family heirlooms, avoid accidental chips and breakage by padding the bottom of the sink with a thick towel and wrapping a second towel or washcloth around the faucet.

Never use strong chemicals, abrasive cleansers or steel-wool pads. Warm water -- with a small amount of mild dish soap (not the antibacterial variety) if absolutely necessary -- and gentle wiping with a soft cloth, sponge or just your fingertips will typically do the trick with the least risk to your valuables. Do not wash delicate pieces in the dishwasher or in a sink filled with other dishes; wash them by hand, one by one.

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