If you’ve ever hosted a meal for a crowd and used your good china, you probably felt the temptation to just load it all in your dishwasher. After all, a lot of dishwashers have a “china” setting, right? If you ever run your china or crystalware through the dishwasher — especially if it’s old, metal-rimmed, or hand-painted — you’re living dangerously. Here’s how to get your china clean without using the dishwasher, and without spending hours scrubbing away.
1. Warm Water
Fill your sink with enough warm water to cover your plates, but don’t make it too hot. If it’s hot enough to burn your hands, it’s likely hot enough to harm your delicate dishes. In fact, sudden and drastic temperature changes can cause your china or crystal to crack. Just use nice, warm water, and the take a dish towel and spread it in the bottom of the sink as a cushion.