Spoons and forks become covered with dirt, grease, and food residue over time. Most of the dirt accumulates between the prongs of the forks and on the patterns. To get rid of plaque on cutlery and give them a new look, different methods are used depending on the material of the instruments.
How to clean spoons and forks with a baking soda solution – an all-purpose method
This method of cleaning is suitable for spoons and forks made of stainless steel, Melchior, and aluminum. Devices are immersed in a solution that softens the dirt, after which it can be easily removed with a sponge.
Boil 2 liters of water and add 2 tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of citric acid. Stir the ingredients until dissolved and immerse the utensils in the solution for 30 minutes. Then wipe the spoons and forks with a sponge.
If the utensils are heavily soiled, add an additional 2 tablespoons of mustard powder to the water. Increase the soaking time to 50 minutes.
How to clean spoons and forks by boiling
This method is not suitable for silverware, porcelain, or wooden instruments.
Take a tall dish and cover its bottom and sides with foil. Fill the crockpot with water and place the utensils in the water on the foil. Bring to a boil. Add 50 grams of salt and 50 grams of baking soda per 1 liter of water. Reduce the heat to low and boil the spoons and forks for 20 minutes. Leave the utensils in the water until it has cooled.
After that, you can easily wipe the utensils with a sponge or toothbrush. With forks, the dirt between the tines can be easily cleaned after boiling.
How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Spoons and Forks
Toothpaste quickly removes dirt from utensils. But to clean, you should use toothpaste without bleach to avoid damaging the spoons and forks.
Apply the toothpaste to a damp cloth and wipe each utensil in a circular motion. Rub the forks between the tines as well. After a few minutes, rinse off the paste and wipe with a sponge.
How to lighten spoons and forks with vinegar and lemon
An acidic solution is used to lighten time-darkened utensils. To do this, put the instruments in a mixture of 1 liter of water, 100 ml of vinegar, and a few drops of lemon juice. Bring this mixture to a boil and immediately turn it off. Leave the forks and spoons in the solution for 1 hour and then wipe them with a sponge.