Dirty dishes don't have to monopolize your time.
With holiday feasts come the inevitable dirty pots and pans marred with baked-on remnants of your favorite preparations. While they do ultimately need to come off, you don't have to spend your precious holiday minutes (or hours!) forcing them to do so-if you have the following five tips for easy cleaning.
Soak Before You Wash
Before you break out the elbow grease, start by soaking your dirtiest pots and pans in very hot, soapy water. By the time the water cools enough for you to do the dishes, it may have done most of the work for you.
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Boil Your Cares Away
Cast-iron pots or pans with baked-on mess become easy to clean if you fill the pot with water while it's still warm, heat the water to boiling, then let the water cool down enough so that you can dump it out and wash the pan.
Break out the Baking Soda
This multipurpose cupboard essential can be a godsend for the evening's dish washer. To