The Secret to Removing Metal Marks from Your Dishes

A 2-ingredient, natural solution

The Secret to Removing Metal Marks from Your Dishes

Depending on the type of dishes you have, marks like those in the image above are, over time, inevitable.

But thankfully, there is a way to restore your dishes, mugs, plates, and bowls back to their good-as-new state, and all it takes is two ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

Before I tell you how to do it, let me tell you why these marks happen and how you can help to avoid them.

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What causes metal marks in dishes?

Metal marks happen when metal rubs against the surface of the dish. Simple as that. Metal utensils are the main culprit - forks, spoons and knives but it can happen with any metal object. The marks in the bowl above? Those happened while I was whisking a flax egg with a metal whisk for something I was about to bake.

Dishes have a smooth, shiny coating to protect them (and make them look nice!). Depending on the type of coating the manufacturer used, some are more resilient than others. For example, I have a set of dishes that are about 13 years old and they don't have a mark on them. The bowls in this post are about five years-old and have been prone to metal marks from the beginning. So quality, the manufacturing process the dishes went though, and wear and tear all play a role in if scuffing will happen and how bad they will be.

Tips to avoid metal marks in your dishes:

  • When eating, try to avoid scraping your utensils on the dish (bowl, plate, mug...whatever you may be using)
  • Metal marks can happen in the dishwasher. When loading, be sure to not place metal utensils next to or on top of your dishes.
  • When dishes are piled or soaking in the sink, avoid rubbing the dishes against other metal utensils or against the side of the sink.
  • Avoid contact between your dishes and serrated knives as they can cause marks.
  • If you have a stainless steel dish drying rack, try to avoid rubbing your dishes on the rack tines.

How to get rid of metal marks in your dishes:

There are cleaners you can buy in stores to clean the metal scuffs but they contain ingredients that are not so eco-friendly or healthy for you. If you want a greener alternative, then this is the method for you.

What you need:

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap (any type will work, but to keep it green, I use my favourite eco-friendly dish soap)
  • A non-metal scouring pad

Tips before you start

  1. As mentioned above, all manufacturers apply different coatings to their dishes. To be sure this process is safe for your dishes, do a spot test on the bottom of the piece by scrubbing a paste made with baking soda and water for a minute. If after rinsing it looks the same and none of the colour or design has been removed, then you are good to go.
  2. If your scuffs are pretty bad, you will be scrubbing a while. Wear rubber gloves. Scrubbing with baking soda can dry out your hands and nails.


  1. Mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon on water to make a paste.
  2. Add a couple drops of dish soap to the scouring pad.
  3. Apply the baking soda paste to the problem spots, scrub.
  4. Rinse with water and repeat as necessary. Depending on how bad the marks are, it's may take you a while (read: you are going to need a lot of elbow grease!). The bowl in this post took me about 5 minutes (it was marked up pretty badly!) to scrub until it was perfect.
  5. Once you are happy with how the piece looks, wash, rinse and place to dry.




Why the Chevrolet Volt is One of the Greenest Cars Around

Brains Wrapped in Beauty

Why the Chevrolet Volt is One of the Greenest Cars Around

The 2016 Chevy Volt: One of the Greenest Cars You Can Buy

Each day when I pick my kids up from school, there is a car I walk by in the parking lot. At the beginning of the school year, it took me a few days to stop gawking and finally check to see what the make and model of that car was.

It was a Chevrolet Volt.

*Drool* (This picture is of the current 2015 Chevy Volt)

Being that it's called a "Volt" I figured it may be an electric car and I was right. The Volt is an electric vehicle but what makes it special is that it can also run on gasoline. Your choice. Having that choice makes it possible to travel long distances, something typical hybrid cars cannot do.

Chevrolet recently unveiled the 2016 version of the Volt at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit last month:

Again, *Drool*

I'm still on the hunt for my next car and the clock is ticking. My current car is getting up there in years and mileage so before I totally run it into the ground, I'm being proactive by doing my research. Like when I had the chance to drive the 2015 Chevy Malibu for a few days. That was quite the experience and I learned a lot about the innovative things GM and Chevrolet are doing for the environment.

So let me tell you about the 2016 Volt (available in the second half of 2015) and what makes it special. Because believe me when I tell you, this car has so much more than just a pretty exterior. Chevy's tagline for the Volt is "Brains wrapped in Beauty" and I really can't think of a better way to describe this car. As you read above, I was initially drawn to it by its exterior but when I learned how it worked and how it is an excellent choice if you are looking to buy a car that is more eco-friendly that a regular car, the exterior paled in comparison. (But I still like the exterior a lot!)

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Truth be told, I did not know too much about how electric cars really worked before the Volt. If you aren't quite sure, take a look at this short video to learn what makes the Volt it tick and what makes it one of the greenest vehicles around:

Still have questions on how this car works? Click here to check out GM's FAQ page about the Volt.

Here are some highlights of the 2016 Volt:

  • With a fully charged battery, the Volt can take you up to 80 kilometres gas-free and tailpipe-emissions-free (this is dependent on driving conditions and driving habits)
  • New two-motor drive unit is up to 12 percent more efficient and 45 kg (100 pounds ) lighter than the first-generation drive unit
  • Two-motor design enables 19 percent stronger zero-to-48 km/h acceleration
  • Battery capacity has increased to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (96 fewer than current generation) with weight reduced by more than 9 kg (20 pounds)
  • New 1.5L range extender, designed to use regular unleaded fuel, offers a GM estimated combined fuel consumption rating of 5.7 L/100km.
  • Stronger body structure and quieter ride
  • Location-based charging capability

But is it safe? This is of course one of the biggest questions we have when buying a new car and yes, GM has put a lot of thought and effort into making the Volt one of the safest vehicles around. The Volt has received a 5-Star overall New Car Assessment Program rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the current model.

The 2016 Volt's safety features work with an all-new body structure to provide crash-avoidance and passenger protection capability. Some highlights include:

  • Standard rear-vision camera
  • Ten standard air bags, including driver and front-passenger knee air bags
  • Available active safety features offering lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert with following distance indicator, front automatic braking, and advanced park assist with front and rear park assist (semi-automatic parallel parking)
  • Expanded use of high-strength steel throughout the body structure improves strength and reduces weight
  • More effective structural load paths in the frame, along with reinforced rocker panel structures and side structure reinforcements

So there you have it. The latest car to be added to my "to consider" list. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt goes on sale in the second half of 2015. If you are going to make a new car purchase soon too, would you consider purchasing an electric car like the Volt?

All images © GM


25 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil Around Your Home

Use it in the kitchen, bathroom, and beyond

25 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil Around Your Home

25 Uses for Coconut Oil You May Not Have Heard of

Coconut oil - one of my favourite things - is such an amazing and versatile product. It has so many uses—from cooking and baking to cleaning to skin care.

One thing to note, you will come across different types of coconut oil in the store. I prefer to use coconut oil that is unrefined and non-deodorized so the coconut flavour and smell remains. If coconut flavour and smell is not your preference, then look for a deodorized version.

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Two brands I use and that fit all of my criteria for coconut oil are Nutiva and Carrington Farms.

Once you have bought your coconut oil, here are 25 things you can do with it:

1. Cook with it

This is the most obvious one - of course cooking with coconut oil is a great idea! Coconut oil has a high smoking point so it is a smart choice for high heat cooking. Try it when making sautés, stir fry's, pancakes, and even popcorn, to name a few things.

2. Use it as a butter replacement

Coconut oil makes an excellent butter replacement when baking (I only use coconut oil when baking!). Learn how to switch out butter in your recipes for coconut oil.

3. Grease pans

When baking, skip the aerosol cooking sprays and butter. Grease your pans with coconut oil instead.

4. Use it as a coffee creamer

This one was a huge (and pleasant!) surprise for me. Who knew coconut oil could be used as a coffee creamer?

5. Make magic chocolate shell

The delicious, crackly chocolate shell we all know and love to serve with ice cream can be easily made with just two ingredients. One of those ingredients is of course, coconut oil. Learn how to make your own vegan magic chocolate shell here.

6. Season cast iron pans

Maintaining a cast iron pan needs to be done in a certain way. They can't be washed with soap, you can't soak them, and they need to be seasoned regularly to remain non-stick. This is how I season my cast iron pan with coconut oil to keep it in great condition.

7. Condition your wooden cutting boards and wooden utensils

Conditioning your wooden cutting boards and utensils, such as wooden spoons, will lengthen their life span. Rub a small amount of melted coconut oil over your cutting board and utensils, let it soak in for a few minutes, and wipe off any excess with a dry cloth.

8. Use it as a lotion

I don't remember the last time I bought lotion because homemade coconut oil body butter is the only thing I use on my skin. It's non-greasy, smells great and only contains one ingredient. Learn how to make your own coconut body butter here.

9. Use it as a lip balm

Coconut oil also makes a great lip balm, it will moisturize and add shine at the same time. I use it as-is but you can try making a DIY coconut-based lip balm recipe.

10. Make a coconut oil based body scrub

A body scrub is a nice way to moisturize and exfoliate your skin in the shower and to give you sweet-smelling, soft skin. Mix half a cup of sea salt or sugar with a half cup of melted coconut oil. Place the mixture in a jar to solidify. If you prefer a more fragranced body scrub, here is an easy recipe for a naturally fragranced coconut lime body scrub.

11. Tame hair frizz

Those of us with frizzy hair know that no amount of product will ever make our hair non-frizzy on extremely humid days. BUT, on days where humidity is not a big factor, rub a very small amount of coconut oil in your hands and rub it onto the problem spots (not too much, you don't want to make your hair greasy!) The oil will act as a moisture repellant.

12. Make a scalp treatment with it

Especially during the dry winter months, some of our scalps need a little TLC. Follow the steps here to treat your scalp for dryness, dandruff, and product buildup.

13. Treat ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs can be stubborn to fix. Try this quick trick to treat and get rid of them.

14. Remove eye makeup

Rub a bit of coconut oil right onto the area you need to clean, rub gently, and rinse with warm water.

15. Oil pulling

Oil pulling is a controversial topic. Some swear by it, some think it's just a silly fad. If you do decide to do it, coconut oil is the way to go. Learn how to oil pull here.

16. Make homemade deodorant

A friend of mine makes her own coconut oil based deodorant and swears by it. Learn how to make your own coconut oil based deodorant here.

17. Use as a massage oil

No artificial fragrances or strange ingredients. Bonus, it won’t stain your sheets and towels like other oils will.

18. Calm bug bite itchiness

Dab a little coconut oil onto mosquito bites to soothe the itchiness and help the bite heal quickly.

19. Remove gum from hair

Peanut butter and ice cubes are both common solutions to removing gum from places it does not belong. No need for any of those things when you have coconut oil. Apply a generous amount of coconut the oil directly to the hair and gum. Let it sit for a few minutes before slowly sliding the gum out of the hair.

20. Use it to polish furniture

No more need for smelly chemical polishes. Coconut oil along with some lemon juice can be used to polish your furniture. Follow this step-by-step to learn how to clean your furniture with coconut oil.

21. Remove adhesive residue

That annoying sticky residue left behind by stickers, price tags and product info stickers? Mix some coconut oil with a little baking soda, apply to the spot and let sit it sit for a few minutes. Rub off with an old toothbrush or a scouring pad and you will never know sticker residue was ever there.

22. Clean and moisturize leather

Coconut oil can be used to clean and moisturize leather. Put a small amount of melted oil it on a soft cloth, wipe the leather down and follow up by wiping with a clean soft cloth to remove any excess. The oil will not only clean the leather, it will help moisturize and help to prevent cracking. This method also works for patent and faux leather.

23. Remove rust

Rust can creep up in places we least expect like scissors or knives. To remove rust from these spots, coat the rusty area with a layer of oil and let it sit for about an hour. After the hour has passed, wipe, rinse clean with warm water and dry.

24. Remove spots and stains

To clean a stain or spot on carpet or any fabric, mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Rub the mixture onto the stain and rub until the stain is gone.

25. Fix squeaky doors

Put some melted coconut oil onto a soft cloth and rub the squeaky hinge ensuring the hinge is fully covered with the oil. Test for squeaks and re-apply as needed.

Those were just 25 uses, there are many more! How do you use coconut oil?