The Simple Trick to Wash and Dry Bottles
Here's a common wash-and-dry conundrum: The insides of glass decanters, bottles, and jars can be a challenge to dry out. You can't air-dry them; the water only condenses and becomes trapped, eventually discoloring the glass. And only a genie could fit through their narrow openings to dry them with a towel.
So here's what to do: Enlist the help of a fizzy mix of vinegar and baking soda, and a twisted paper towel. The bubbles will do the work as they seep into angles and crevices, and the twisted paper towel will absorb the lingering moisture.
1. FROTH UP
Working over a sink, fill the vessel with 2 inches of white vinegar. Add baking soda until it foams. When the foam subsides, scrub off stubborn grime with a narrow bottle brush.
2. DO THE TWIST
To absorb moisture (and prevent residue), tightly roll a paper towel and insert it three-fourths of the way into the bottle; the paper towel will absorb the moisture. Leave a bit of towel sticking out at the top so you can pull it out when the bottle is dry.
And voilà! It works like magic. What other cleaning conundrums would you like us to solve? Ask us in the comments below or on Facebook at facebook.com/marthastewart.