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Oven gloves

by Julie Finch-Scally

I am always disappointed with oven gloves.  They look so lovely when new but once washed they never quite look the same; they lose their shape and get that bedraggled look. 

We have two pairs of oven gloves in our house.  One set is material; the others have a rubber exterior.  The rubber pair is a longer glove and over the years I have found these to be safer; mainly because when I wear the wrist length gloves I somehow manager to hit my arm on the shelving when taking things out of the oven and burn myself.  The longer gloves eliminate this.

But washing the gloves has always been a problem.  Is it a hand wash job or will they wash in a machine cycle?  Is it better to turn the gloves inside out when washing?  All these questions are upper most in my mind when I look at the dirty gloves sitting by the stove.

Over the years I have discovered with material gloves it doesn’t matter whether they are turned inside out to wash and I usually put them into the washing machine with my towels.  I do prefer the gloves to be the right way round when washing because I feel the lining inside gets battered around too much during the wash if inside out.  But I always turn the gloves inside out to dry.  This way the thick lining will get the sun and dry out properly.

With the rubber gloves, I find regularly taking a damp cloth and wiping over the outside of the gloves removes any debris that has ended up drying on the surface.  This actually works and allows a longer cycle between washes. 

The lining in the rubber gloves is quilted fibre whereas the lining of the material gloves is fibrous padding.  This means the rubber gloves if washed in the machine can be turned inside out, but I find they are easier to wash by hand.  I turn them inside out and wash them in a bucket of hot soapy water.  After that I place them in a bra bag and put them through one rinse cycle in the washing machine.  This way most of the moisture is removed.

Rubber gloves must be turned inside out to dry in the sun.  The rubber gets soft in the sun so the lining inside protects the rubber, and is the only part of the glove that has to dry.  Once the lining is dry and the gloves turned the right way out, because the rubber is stiff and stays in shape the rubber oven gloves still look reasonable. 

Unfortunately this is not the case with the material gloves.  Once washed material gloves become quite shapeless.  But it is horses for courses.  I find the wristlet gloves better for removing hot pots and pans from the stove whereas the long rubber gloves are just perfect for taking casseroles and cakes out of the oven.  But keeping them clean is the art.


Cleaning behind doors

by Julie Finch-Scally

Why is it that people forget to clean behind doors?  Is it because as the doors are open one doesn’t see the rear or is it laziness?  I am of the opinion that it is a little of both.  But on those days when you do close the door and see the dust and dirt that has collected on the indentations or cut outs in the wood one realises the rear of all doors need cleaning regularly.

The worst doors to leave uncleaned are in the bathrooms and kitchens.  Because of the humidity and dampness in both these areas the doors get damp and sticky and hold on to any dust floating in the air.  Even plain solid doors in these rooms hold the dust.

The worst part in the bathroom is that bathrooms doors get closed regularly.  It is a different matter in bedrooms because they are quite often left open, but it’s those moments when one closes the door that the dirt and dust behind is seen.  Of course if you had a cloth in your hand you would give it a wipe over, but generally that is not the case, so the cleaning of the back of the door is left until the next clean of that room.  Hopefully the door is remembered at that time and the job gets done.

I have found with bathrooms that as I go around with a micro-fibre cloth and glass cleanser, cleaning the tiles, when I close the door to reach tiles behind it I clean the front and then the back of the door.  Not only does this remove the dust on the rear of the door, it helps remove the black marks that seem to appear around the handle on the front of the door. 

Many people do not clean the tiles in the bathroom, but the tiles, because of the dampness and the dust from the towels, get a fine dusty coating which after a while builds up to cause a dullness over the tiles.  Giving the tiles a buff on a regular basis is a good opportunity to get behind that bathroom door and clean it. 

Doors in the remainder of the home, don’t need to be damp dusted, they can be rubbed over with a duster-on-a-pole while walking around the room and dusting the woodwork and furniture.  If you are running the duster along the skirting board the door has to be closed to get right into the corner. That is the time when you rub over the back of the door dusting across the patterns.

As I said, maybe it is laziness or the fact that doors remain open that stops us from cleaning the rear of doors, but as all the collected dust on the back comes into view when the door is closed, a regular wipe over and dust is necessary.  Check the rear of your doors and see what I mean.

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