There's nothing like finding out that your mother is coming over for an impromptu visit to get you scrubbing the shower tiles like there is no tomorrow!
We all have those episodes of sheer panic when we know we have guests coming over to our homes. Suddenly, the tables all look extra dusty, the floor looks stained and murky, the bathroom looks like it needs a makeover, and the kitchen cabinets are nothing close to as tidy as you would want them to be if a guest ended up opening it up to inspect its interior.
Okay, we all go a little overboard, and that's fine! According to Ayn-Monique Klahre of thekitchn.com, the one thing that we all seem to forget to clean and clean again: our glassware!
It's ironic how expecting dinner guests over can make us compulsively reorganize our closets, clean out the water pipes, and finally pick up our clutter from under the bed, but many of us forget to check the one thing that our guests will surely inspect as they sip on their glass of wine.
You may be thinking: but I put them in the dishwasher the last time they were used, why would I need to double check?
Well, more often than not, the dishwasher cycle does not reach the nooks and corners of wine glasses and Tupperware, leaving everything from lipstick marks to bits of food stuck inside.
The trick to ensuring you have sparkly clean glassware before your big dinner party is simple: skip the soap.
We know, this sounds a little dodgy. But according to wine experts, wine glasses are very porous, which means they absorb the smell and hold onto it. This, in turn, can make the drinking experience less than perfect due to the funky mixture of wine and citrusy soap scents.
What you can do instead is use a clean sponge and warm water to wipe down your glassware and dishes. Next, rinse the glass and use a combination of 1 teaspoon of bleach to every 8 glasses of hot water and use the combination to sterilize everything from wine glasses to forks, knives, and plates.
After you've finished, set each glass or utensil down separately on a drying rack, or wipe them dry with a lint-free towel, ready for your guests to be impressed by their sparkliness!
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