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How to Cut Holiday Cleanup Time in Half

Save time tackling even the toughest holiday messes!


Greasy dishes

Add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar to the rinse water to reduce oil buildup and make dishes sparkle.


Fine china or glassware

Place a soft towel on the bottom of the sink as a cushion when washing.


Egg, milk, and cheese residue

Rinse dishes with cold water first; then wash with hot water. Hot water can “cook” foods onto surfaces, making them harder to scrub.


Plastic containers

Wash with a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water to remove oil stains. Rinse and dry.

Nick Ferrari for Reader's Digest


Fill it one-third full with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Run it for ten seconds. Rinse and dry.


Box grater

Rub a raw potato over the openings; rinse and dry.

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