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To have two sets of tea, coffee, sugar canisters?

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floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:39:46

Just wondering what you all do when one of the above canisters need cleaning? Do you wash and dry it and refill it straight away or what?

I only do washing up once a day (immersion heater only and no dishwasher). So, say, my sugar canister is dirty I will put it in with the washing up that night. But it means I am spooning the sugar out of the bag all day!

The set I have I love but cannot get another one anymore. It's old and came from Woolworths originally.

I don't want to mix and match a set in use iyswim.

Should I get rid of my current set and buy two new matching sets so I can instantly get a fresh one of out the cupboard to use?

Trivial, really, but I am chronically disorganised and am determined to fix these niggles.

LedaP Sat 13-May-17 13:40:50

Just wash it, dry it and put it back.

AmserGwin Sat 13-May-17 13:41:23

Put contents into bowls or similar. Boil Kettle if you need hot water, wash, rinse, dry, refill

floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:42:41

So do-it-as-you-go eh? I think that attitude is what I need to adopt if I am ever to get clean and tidy! I am a putter-offer. Bad, bad!

floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:43:37

I'm also never confident I have got it fully dry and worry about the sugar getting damp.

SaucyJack Sat 13-May-17 13:44:29

I can't recall the last time I washed the tea/coffee jars out!

How often do you do it that it's a consideration?

Nan0second Sat 13-May-17 13:44:38

I have never cleaned mine blush
This is an option?!

acquiescence Sat 13-May-17 13:44:47

I would only wash it when empty. Then dry and then refill. Can't see the issue really here!

CormorantDevouringTime Sat 13-May-17 13:45:52

I put it in a bowl or wait until it's empty and then use it straight from the packet until the canister is clean and dry. Mostly a problem with my salt grab actually because that lives by the hob and gets grease splatters while tea caddy lives in cupboard.

Trills Sat 13-May-17 13:46:35

I just fill on top.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Sat 13-May-17 13:47:05

I have one of those tea caddies that came with my teabags - I have never thought to wash it, I just tip out the tea powder that lingers in the bottom every now and then. I now feel like a slattern.

Trills Sat 13-May-17 13:47:19

Having two means storing the unused ones.

I'd rather just spoon sugar out of a bag until my canister was washed/dried.

Is it really so terrible to spoon out of the bag for a few hours?

GooseFriend Sat 13-May-17 13:48:18

I only clean mine when I've run out of current contents. I also keep sugar in bag in the tin. So I run out of sugar, get new bag out and use out of bag while wash and dry tin then pop new bag in.

(Tea bags and loose coffee go straight in tin I just can't put sugar in. Seems unhygienic - cause sugar goes hard? - never realized how that's a bit odd before!)

irregularegular Sat 13-May-17 13:49:14

I'd only ever (and very rarely) wash out the inside of a food container when it was empty. And I'd probably just hand wash it mostly. I think you are over thinking this! Double sets of containers equals double clutter!

Vroomster Sat 13-May-17 13:49:37

I rarely wash them and only when empty. You're over thinking this.

sarahconnorsbiceps Sat 13-May-17 13:50:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:50:57

Mine seem to get filthy!

I am no clean queen, believe me

We get fingermarks on them and the coffee one gets granules of coffee down the outside that melts and looks disgusting.

Also dust gathers?

floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:52:48

What has brought this to mind today is hearing about someone who is planning to visit me this afternoon. Had very little warning. Sigh!

Looking at stuff through new eyes and my canisters are filthy. I have no cleaning routine. Everything needs clean all at once.

I hate this sad.

Eolian Sat 13-May-17 13:53:52

grin at the horror of spooning it out of the bag all day! Besides, I'd be a bit worried about my sugar intake if I were spooning it out often enough to bother me for a day.

floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:54:09


floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:54:28

I sound crazy, it seems.

Yet if you saw my place. It's not clean at all!

topcat2014 Sat 13-May-17 13:54:56

You lost me at "when they need washing"

floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:54:58

It doesn't help that my DH's hands might not be 100% clean before he handles the canisters, but that's a separate problem.

floraeasy Sat 13-May-17 13:55:49

I'm surprised it's surprising.

I read here all the time about people doing crazy stuff like vacuuming under beds and washing their windows inside and out on a regular basis wink

harderandharder2breathe Sat 13-May-17 13:57:39

How often do you wash them and how much tea/coffee/sugar do you use that spooning out of the packet for a couple of hours is an actual issue?!

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