05 February 2014 @ 02:37 pm
Food Gunk  
People at my house keep leaving out the tall, narrow glasses we use for fruit smoothies until the dried smoothie is glued to the glass.  There's lot of tiny bits of fruit residue that the dishwasher can't touch.  The shape of the glass makes scrubbing difficult and just soaking in dish soap and re-running in the washer isn't doing anything.

Any tips on getting this stuff off?  My Googling is just bringing up stuff about dishwashers.
 
 
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just me: pic#106445897leatherfemme on February 5th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
Soak in soapy water with a bit of vinegar, then scrub out with a bottle brush.
Ian1_2_suckerpunch on February 6th, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
This. I use a baby bottle brush for my funky glasses and it's great.
Procrastinator Extraordinaire: Gargoyle Eyenightmer on February 6th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
The vinegar made a big difference! Thanks!
just me: pic#106445897leatherfemme on February 7th, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Vinegar is awesome.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE: michael party hatbatman on February 5th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe soak in hot water + vinegar?
Pat Bpbrim on February 5th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
I would second the soak and scrub with a bottle brush (or one of those sponge on a stick things, whichever fits best). If that fails, I would suggest fill to the top with water and plop in some denture cleaning tablets. I have used those to clean bottles with narrow necks, and they work wonders.
Sandisandi1743 on February 6th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
I second the denture cleaning tabs they are awesome
lapenn: book teaselapenn on February 5th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
My main thing is just making sure I rinse out smoothie glasses immediately. Honestly, the folks in your house have to figure it out. I'd let them just have to deal with their gunky glasses until they remember. We don't have a dishwasher, so we can't always get to dishes right away, but I've conditioned my husband to at least rinse glasses before putting them in the sink.
Procrastinator Extraordinaire: Gargoyle Eyenightmer on February 6th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
I'm trying, but unfortunately I'm the only one who notices that my "clean" dishes still have food on them. One of my housemates never even washed his own dishes or cooked his own meals until he moved in here, so it's going to be a long journey, haha.
lapennlapenn on February 6th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
Blegh :-(
...and you don't stop: cali poppiespolkadotrose on February 6th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
You are not alone, I married a guy like this.
Coilette: goatstr8_edge_4ever on February 7th, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
My boyfriend lived with his best friend's family for a few months, and got out of paying them rent because he was the only one even -willing- to wash dishes. One day it came down to every dish & glass in the house was dirty, and every surface in the kitchen & dining room was piled with dirty dishes & glasses. So my boyfriend and his friend brought all the dishes & glasses to the bathroom and washed them in the tub.

Don't let that happen to you.
m0rbidm00n: school1m0rbidm00n on February 5th, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
Bottle brush!
chasing_breezes: tattoochasing_breezes on February 5th, 2014 11:24 pm (UTC)
Vinegar and bi-carb?
Wizard of Changes  -- ©cdozo 2004 to 2014cdozo on February 6th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
If you don't have a bottle brush, just fill the glass with warm water and let it soak for at least an hour or two. Pour out the soak water and put a bit more soap and warm water in. Then push your normal dish washing scrubbie in with a spoon and twist and turn it until the glass it clean. It won't take but a few seconds.
Merrow: academic translationslondonbard on February 6th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
I had a very old, narrow-necked decanter that looked as though fruit was dried inside, so I used a tip from "How Clean Is Your House". Made a paper funnel and put in a spoonful of rice, poured in vinegar to cover it, blocked the neck and shook it. Wait and repeat if necessary - and it ended up looking mint new.

Edited at 2014-02-06 12:31 am (UTC)
piperki: noonoopiperki on February 6th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
OMG I love How Clean Is Your House. I feel less bad about my house after I watch it.
Ennazus Mirandaennazusmiranda on February 10th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
OMG, I had to google it! I came up with a video for the "worst flat ever" and watched the first couple of minutes. Ugh, BAD IDEA! *twitch*
AzButt3rfly: pic#84379333azbutt3rfly on February 6th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
ditto the vinegar... I use a mixture of dish soap and vinegar (1:1 ratio) on my glasses. they have never been so clean! it helps if you can heat it up, but you don't have to. I put mine in one of those washing wands with the sponge at one end and the filler cap at the other end. but even if you just soak your glasses in hot/warm water with a few cups of vinegar it's going to help a lot. and vinegar is so cheap... under $2 for a gallon in the grocery store.
(rhyme writer): Shadowsrymrytr on February 6th, 2014 07:39 am (UTC)


You may not want to get this tough, but I had to tell the 16 and 17 year old teens in my house, that if they didn't put the glasses in the sink, full of water to soak, ASAP, I'd shove their fingers in the blender!

Of course, they just rolled their eyes at me and grin, but they have been doing better. :o)

Elizabethfrogs_n_turtles on February 6th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
A soak in really, really hot water should do the trick.
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