Other options for a space like this include small shelves for a rolling pin, rolling cloth and biscuit cutters for someone who bakes often.
The principles of Vaastu harness the power of the Earth in addition to other surrounding celestial bodies to bring health, wealth and good fortune. Vaastru Shastra’s tenets help define building layouts so positive and negative forces are in balance to naturally ensure general prosperity of the owners.
Vaastu Your Kitchen
Since the kitchen deals with the health and nourishment of the family, inappropriate placement or design can directly cause illness or loss of health. Techniques to Vaastu a kitchen include placing it on the southeast side of the home with the pantry in a southern location.
The stove should be placed on the southeast side allowing the cook to face east. A stove in the north or east side of the kitchen may cause possible accidents. The dishwasher and toaster are preferred on the south side due to their heat production. The refrigerator should be placed in the northwest, southeast, south or west. Faucets are most beneficial on the northeast side; placement on the south or west side is believed to increase illness in the person consuming the water.
The kitchen should be painted yellow, rose, red, orange or chocolate brown. If possible avoid painting walls white or black. Red is the preferred color for countertops.
It is much harder to find information on Vaastu than Feng Shui so you may want to hire a Vaastu consultant to analyze your space and make recommendations to correct Vaastu anomalies.
I hear this question a lot. Many people believe that new dishwashers with “Fine crystal and China” settings are safe for washing such items. These settings are usually a temperature control since fine china and crystal are sensitive to heat and may crack.
According to Waterford fine crystal and glassware should be washed by hand in moderately hot water with a mild detergent and 1/4 cup ammonia to prevent spotting. I had a friend tell me he squirts Jet-Dry in his sink when he washes crystal but I haven’t tried it yet. It’s a good idea to put a rubber mat or dishtowel in the bottom of the sink to prevent chipping and breaking.
While I do not recommend it, if you must use your dishwasher, follow these tips.
Phosphates tie up water hardness minerals (primarily calcium and magnesium) so the minerals won’t interfere with cleaning or deposits on surfaces. Phosphates also help keep food soil particles in suspension after removal from the soiled surfaces and prevent their redeposition. Update: Most detergents no longer contain sodium triphosphate, or STPP.
Silicate Minerals or microporous silicate minerals (known as Zeolite A– sometimes called sodium aluminosilicate ) is used as a Phosophate alternative to soften water and suspend solids. Note: Many companies are moving away from using Zeolite because it has been found to significantly increase sludge volumes in sewage treatment plants.
Sodium Disilicates are now the preferred Builder Enzyme for detergents over STPP and Zeolite. Layered sodium disilicates (manufactured as SKS-6) protect glassware from clouding and pitting and dissolve completely in cool water and revert back to silicon (sand) in the environment.
Surfactants or surface active agents loosens soil and emulsifies fats, helps hold them in suspension, and leaves surfaces clean and free from spots and film. Specially developed surfactants having the lowest sudsing characteristic are used.
Chlorine or Oxygen Bleaches are added to help prevent spots by leaving a cleaner surface than would be obtained with either surfactants or phosphates alone. The very small amount of bleach helps break down protein soils and aids in removing stains such as coffee or tea. Note: Oxygen bleaches tarnish silver components more than Chlorine bleaches.
A Corrosion Inhibitor, such as sodium silicate, helps provide protection for the dishwasher and the wide variety of materials that are washed. The corrosion inhibitor is also a soil suspending agent and an important source of alkalinity.
Enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that help break down food and soil residue into small particles. The small particles are then washed away. (Great for heavy duty cleaning.)
Special Additives, such as sodium aluminate, boric oxide or aluminum phosphate, may be used to inhibit the removal of overglaze and pattern from fine china. Sometimes antifoams are added to reduce sudsing.
Additional Alkalis, such as sodium carbonate or sodium hydroxide may be used to aid in handling greasy food soils.
Polymers help prevent film buildup from hard water.
Thickening Agents are used in gel automatic dishwasher detergents so the product remains in the dishwasher cup(s) until automatically dispensed at the appropriate time.
Colorants are added to lend individuality and an appealing appearance to the product.
Processing Aids, generally inert materials, allow the active ingredients to be combined into a usable form.
Fragrance covers the chemical odor of the base product and stale food odors that might come from the dishwasher.