Your bartender has more than just delicious cocktail recipes up his sleeve, he’s got some pretty great cleaning tips as well. Have you ever wondered how your local bar keeps things so clean? We’ll let you in on their secrets that you can apply to your own kitchen.
7. Polish wine glasses with coffee filters
Los Angeles bartender, Dayna Lobosco, told the Cheat Sheet that one of her go-to cleaning tips is to polish wine glasses with a coffee filter. “If you want a surefire way to rid your wine glasses of lipstick and keep them sparkling clean, this is the way to go,” said Lobosco.
Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, keep some filters handy for keeping your wine glasses spot-free.
6. Soap and water does the trick
If you ask your local bartender how they clean their countertops and everything behind the bar, chances are, they won’t give you a long list of expensive cleaning supplies. Most bartenders rely on good old soap and water to do the trick. If it’s good enough to clean the glasses patrons drink out of, it’s good enough to clean the countertops.
5. Dunk and drip-dry
If you have a lot of glasses to clean (perhaps you hosted a dinner party), the most efficient way to clean them is to dunk the glasses is warm, soapy water (scrubbing as needed), dunk them in room-temperature water with a couple disinfectant tablets, and let them drip-dry on a drying rack. This is how bartenders clean their glasses, and, it’s safe to say, they’re the experts in cleaning mass amounts of glassware in a safe and efficient manner.
4. A DIY fruit fly trap
Have a fruit fly problem? You probably have everything you need in your kitchen. Lobosco says pouring a little bit of red wine into a small bowl makes for a great fruit fly trap. The flies are drawn to the fermented fruit and can’t get out of the bowl once they’re submerged in the wine.
3. Sometimes an old fashioned broom is best
As previously stated, you probably won’t see your neighborhood bar using the newest, flashiest cleaning supplies on the market. Most bars don’t use Swiffers or Roombas, they use an old fashioned, sturdy broom and dust pan to sweep up around the bar. Sometimes, sticking to the basics is the best way to keep a place clean.
2. Don’t put beer bottles in ice you’re going to put in drinks later
You’ll never see a bartender chilling a room-temperature bottle of beer in the ice he serves to patrons. Beer bottles are surprisingly dirty. If you’re hosting a BBQ, or throwing a cooler together for the beach, keep the ice you use to chill your bottles and the ice you put in your drinks separate.
1. Rice and soda water
The Kitchn recently revealed an especially handy bartender secret for cleaning out dirty bottles. All you need is a handful of rice and a little bit of soda water. Shake the mixture up and your bottle will come out looking sparkling clean.
“It was effective at getting the gummy residue and spots out of the inside of the bottle and it was fun to play bartender and shake, shake, shake,” says writer Dana McMahan.
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