The One Thing You Should Always Do After Washing the Dishes

Who hates doing the dishes says “yes!” Unfortunately, it is one of those tasks that we almost have to do every day, especially those that don’t have a dishwasher; you are the real MVP. But even if you do, there are always certain items that need to be washed by hand. And that is why everyone here suffers.

Now, whether you are a person who has all dirty dishes stacked in the sink (or the sink), or you are someone who washes the fork to the right as he leaves your plate, we have some sound advice about what you should do after you have done your dishes. Well, we mean what we should do, pat yourself on the back and reward yourself with a glass of wine, because that should go without saying.

The only thing you always have to do after cleaning the dishes is to clean your kitchen counter!

Okay, apparently when you’re done scrubbing the dishes, the last thing you want to do is scrub something else – but hear us. By deeply cleaning your sink after making other dishes, it will remain shiny and new. If you do not clean your sink, it may even become more dirty than a toilet! How coarse is that?

It makes sense – do you not notice how after cleaning a set of breakfast cereals and dinner plates how many food particles are left in your sink? Milk mixed with pasta sauce is a serious recipe for gagging. But in addition, the food particles can be a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria, including some quite serious ones such as salmonella and E. coli.

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So yes, we don’t just mean a quick rinse of the sink after dishes. We mean that it’s important to take the time to scrub it well every time. This will help reduce the risk that you build up all kinds of coarse bacteria, let alone that there is no chance that your kitchen will start to stink (because that happens too).

So how to do that? We have you. First use a spray for surface cleaning or bleach-based kitchen spray and wipe it off with a sponge or cloth and warm water. That will remove all coarse food particles.

It may look pretty clean afterwards, but all the coarse things may still be lurking, so step two: Mix equal parts of bleach and water and pour into the sink immediately. Let it sit a little (this is a good time to reward yourself for cleaning the dishes, as we said before) – maybe about half an hour or so. Then rinse with warm water. Voilà-sparkling, shiny, bacteria-free sink!

If you prefer a natural cleanser, try mixing a tablespoon of baking soda and half a cup of lemon juice instead of the bleach. Let it sit, scrub it a little and then rinse with warm water. Not only will it eliminate all gunk, it will also give it a nice lemon-like scent.

Did you wash your sink after washing the dishes? How do you do it? If not, are you going to start?

Written by Tommy Kilmer

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