The Ultimate Kitchen Cleaning Quiz

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About This Quiz

There's something about cleaning the kitchen that sends us into a panic. We walk by the pile of dishes and sigh. We see the tomato sauce on the wall as a sure sign of our doom. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Take our quiz to learn some great tips for keeping your kitchen clean and fresh.

To reduce the amount of time you spend on the dishes, you should do which of these?

Rather than let your dishes sit, let them soak. As they do, the grease and dirt will soften, and the dishes will be easier to clean when you get around to them.

Besides dish soap, which of these will help cut through the grease that develops on dishes?

Add a bit of vinegar -- 3 to 4 teaspoons -- to really attack the grease as your dishes soak.

How should you remove water spots from stemware?

Water spots are ugly and annoying. Soak your stemware in a basin of water and white vinegar to remove pesky spots. After all, what's a good wine if you can't enjoy its color?

The biggest problem with storing tomato sauce in plastic containers is what?

Plastic containers keep air out, but they are somewhat porous. If you keep storing tomato-based sauces in plastic, you will see a light red stain begin to take over the inside surface of the container.

If you want to prevent tomato sauce from staining your plastic containers, what should you do?

You can produce a protective barrier on the inside of your plastic containers with a thin coat of vegetable oil or spray.

The problem with wiping down ceramic tiles with a soapy sponge is that you will not be able to remove what?

Wiping ceramic with a soapy sponge might remove the top layer of a spill, but it will not remove the germs that have built up on the ceramic.

To clean and disinfect ceramic properly, what should you use?

The best way to clean ceramic tiles is with rubbing alcohol. This will remove the grease, the dirt, and the germs.

Which of these ingredients is the key to cleaning and deodorizing wood surfaces?

Wood absorbs dirt, oil, and bacteria. The best way to attack the problem is to add baking soda to warm water, and use that solution to clean the wood.

After you've cleaned wood, what should you use to restore its natural finish?

Gently rub boiled linseed oil -- vegetable oil also works -- into the wood with a pad of fine steel wool.

How long after applying the first coat of linseed oil should you apply the second coat?

Applying one coat of linseed oil might not do the trick. Apply a second coat 24 hours later to really bring out the wood's beauty.

If you want to remove stains from woodenware, you must use which of these?

The best way to remove stains from wood is with bleach. Use 1 quart of water and 1/4 cup of bleach.

The easiest and least expensive way to prevent china from getting chipped is what?

China chips vey easily. Pad the sink with a towel, and cover the faucet with one as well.

The safest way to wash china is how?

If you put your china in the dishwasher, the china is likely to get chipped or even cracked. Always wash china by hand.

Which of these can you use to remove calcium deposits?

Take the rind of a lemon, rub it on a calcium deposit, and watch what happens.

If lemon rind alone is not removing a tough calcium deposit, what should you add?

A mild abrasive, such as salt or baking soda, will help remove especially tough calcium deposits.

To clean a vase that has a narrow neck, what should you use?

One really clever solution is to pour a little bit of white vinegar into the vase as a cleaning agent, and some uncooked rice as an abrasive. Swish the rice and vinegar around for a while to remove stains inside the vase.

The moment something spills in your oven, what should you do?

When you hear the familiar splash and sizzle of an oven spill, you should immediately cover the spill with salt to absorb the spill. The salt will soak up the stain and make the oven much easier to clean.

What should you use to pour salt over a hard-to-reach spill?

If the spill occurred in the back of the oven, use a long-handled spoon to pour salt on the spill -- safety first.

Once the oven has cooled, and you're ready to remove the salt-covered spill, what should you use?

Not only is salt going to soak up much of the spill, it will function as an abrasive when you wipe the spill away. All you need is a sponge or rag.

In certain cases you can use which of these to unclog a drain?

Sometimes all you need to unclog a drain is a little added pressure. Plug up the drain, let the water fill up, and quickly remove the drain. It just might work.

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