As homeowners, we are constantly making sure our kitchen looks impeccable and attractive; we go above and beyond cleaning such essential room of our home and no matter the hours we need to spend in cleaning it, we do it because we know that all the effort is worth. However, there are some important details you may be ignoring, and thus you end up eating food that just does not taste good; this is what most people call “kitchen cleaning mistakes” and I have decided to mention some of them, as well as include a few tips or ideas to help you stop making them, remember that avoiding these basic mistakes can hugely determine how your next meal or drink will taste.
Mistake #1: you are over- loading your dishwasher
We all know that when it comes about doing the dishes whether at the end of a special meal with family and friends or just a simple dinner for us, cleaning our dishes is a chore we want to do quickly. However, stacking dishes and utensils wrongly in your basket can have a negative impacting your dishwasher’s ability to properly reach items with soap and water, which obviously translate into uncleaned kitchen tools. It might seem like stacking your dishwasher in the wrong would not have any consequences, instead would help us to accomplish the task faster; but if you do not put your dishes and utensils correctly in your dishwasher, you are preventing the washing liquid from circulating over their surfaces and thus this leaves an awful, rotten taste on them. Strive to put your dishes and the rest of your kitchen tools face away from each other, this way they cannot stick together and this guarantees a proper cleaning process.
Mistake #2: you are not making sure dishwashing liquid is completely rinsed off from your dishes
it is certainly true that not all of the detergents are made equally, some of them are more scented that others and this is why you must make sure you rinse off all the detergent from your kitchen tools and dishes before drying them. Unfortunately, this mistake is not detected until you are eating your favorite plate of pasta and you notice the taste of soap. To avoid this type of situations, try to choose dishwashing liquids with a subtle almost neutral aroma, prevent yourself and your family from having unpleasant experiences due to powerful cleaning liquids or powder with strong aromas.
Mistake #3: you are not making sure to properly clean your chopping boards and baking trays
Overlooking your chopping boards and baking trays is a huge cleaning mistake; juices or liquids soak into the wood or plastic can stay there, making your food taste off or what’s worse breeding bacteria, which is something that can bring health problems to you and your loved ones. On the other hand, you should not take your cutting boards or baking trays cleaning process to an extreme level by washing them with strong scented detergents; for chopping boards you rather sprinkle them with sable salt, scrub them down with half a lemon, this way the grains penetrate into the wood grain, be sure to washing them with hot, soapy water and let them fully dry, thus you will have a properly cleaned board. Regarding baking trays, it is important to mention that they get greasy easily plus they are not clean with just a wipe; residues can cling to the sides after being burning in the oven. A good way to clean your baking trays is by using baking soda and lemon juice, this is a trick to break up the baked-on grease before you wash them with washing liquid.
Mistake #4: you are not using your Tupperware plastic the right way
Just to start, I must let you know that you need to stop putting hot leftovers from that delicious dinner or lunch you hosted at home into plastic food containers; doing this causes endocrine- disrupting chemicals like BPA or BPS, which can leach into your food and the result is food that tastes strange, actually there is evidence that links these chemicals to obesity problems and some cancers; so it is advisable for you to let your leftovers cold before you store them into your Tupperware plastic. Furthermore, when it comes to cleaning your plastic containers, you have to rinse them immediately after you use them; make sure to remove all of the food and juice residues that are stuck on the sides, and this way you will be preventing your plastic containers from storing smells as well as stains. In order to eliminate those traces of your last meals in your Tupperware plastic you can clean them with a good dishwashing liquid, however it will be a great idea to make a deeper cleaning of them; strive to pour in white vinegar and then give them a shake, leave overnight and rinse, done! you will have accomplished an effective cleaning process of your plastic containers.