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Washing-up Trays

by Julie Finch-Scally

We have a washing-up tray on our draining board. It is used regularly and obviously when the washed up dishes and glasses are placed on the rack the excess water on the cleaned articles flows over the tray and runs down the draining board into the sink.

Because water is regularly rinsing over the tray one would think it would remain clean, but this is not the case. The other morning as I was washing up I looked at the areas on the washing up tray where the struts and rungs crossed. Each of the cross-over points were covered with dirt. Time to clean the washing-up tray.

It so happens my washing-up tray is metal coated with plastic, there are moulded plastic trays and some are made with stainless steel. It really doesn’t matter what the washing up tray is made out of the corners and areas where the supports/struts cross and join are the main areas to which the dirt clings. So, how did I clean the washing up tray?

Firstly I ran hot water over the tray under the kitchen tap. I dampened a sponge/scourer and dipped the scourer side in a small 6 cents size drop of cream cleanser. With the sponge I rubbed the cream cleanser over the washing-up tray. As I cleaned I rubbed each strut by folding the scourer and holding the rung between my thumb and forefinger wiping backwards and forwards along each support.

This process worked well on each rung but not where the struts joined. This required a bit more dexterity. I found an old toothbrush and put a drop of cream cleanser on the brush. Rubbing the brush in and out of the corners and joins I was able to remove the build-up of dirt. It did take a bit of effort but the results were worthwhile.

When I had finished cleaning the tray I placed it back under the kitchen tap and rinsed off the cream cleanser residue.

It is our usual practice to leave the washing-up in the tray allowing it to dry in the air, but I am now wondering whether it would be a good idea when I remove the crockery and cutlery to wipe over the tray with a tea towel and make sure all the corners and joins are dry. I feel sure the dust sticks in those places because although the plates and cups are dry the tray itself is still damp.

Since cleaning the washing-up tray I have been wiping over the tray with a tea towel once I have emptied out the clean dishes. Has it improved? Not sure but when I check again in six months’ time, if it is dirty again then I will know it really hasn’t made any difference.


Stainless steel pegs

by Julie Finch-Scally

Where I live the UV light is very strong. So strong in fact we regularly go through plastic pegs. The promotion on these pegs says they are suitable for UV light, but obviously where they are made the UV rays are not as strong.

I guess the problem wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t leave the pegs sitting on the washing line outside in the sun. Many people have peg baskets or bags which keeps the pegs away from the sun when not in use. I personally don’t like peg bags, and find it easier to have the pegs sitting on the line. But as I have said it means we go through lots and lots of plastic pegs.

The wooden pegs last, but if it has been raining a stain from the wood can leave marks on the washing, so although we have wooden pegs, I still prefer the plastic ones.

A couple of months ago, hubby received a catalogue in his email from a company where he has purchased odds bits and pieces. In the catalogue there was a display of stainless steel pegs. He asked me if I was interested in purchasing some.   “YES, please,” was my enthusiastic reply.

The pegs finally arrived. Looking at the structure they were interestingly made. From one piece of stainless steel was wound the spring, the pincers and the pegging section. A very clever piece of engineering. But did they work?

I must admit I thought the section that held the washing to the line was slightly small but when it came to pegging things on the line the little pegs were quite strong. I was suitably impressed.

I was a little concerned when it came to hanging heavy articles out in the sun, but remarkably these new pegs did the job. Whereas the plastic and wooden pegs clipped down over the washing, the stainless steel peg’s clipping area holds the items at the line itself. Because the spring is so strong even on windy days the little pegs sit there and hold the items to the line.

It remains to be seen how long these pegs last. Being stainless steel they will not become rusty, but over time maybe the spring will give out and the pegs will no longer work. But until that day, I am happy with my new purchase.


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