After going above and beyond cleaning your kitchen, you’re probably not thinking about how what you just did is going to impact your food. But we have bad news: That hard work might end up ruining tomorrow’s dinner. Try avoiding these cleaning mistakes and we think your next cup of coffee will taste so much better.
1. Not getting all the grounds out of your grinder
As tedious as it might be to wash your grinder with soap and water on a daily basis, if you are passionate about your morning coffee, it’s key. Coffee bean oils may turn rancid and give fresh coffee an off taste.
2. Cooking on a dirty grill
Charred bits and flavors of previously cooked food can transfer to fresh foods. Yuck. To clean grill grates, scrubbing the surface with coil brushes that do not have bristles or crumpled aluminum foil.
3.Cleaning a skillet in the dishwasher
Apparently, washing with mild soap is okay, but the dishwasher is not: What will strip the off a skillet is washing it in the dishwasher. And since seasoning prevents foods from sticking, this could cause your dinner to cook unevenly.
4.Using a strongly-scented dishwasher detergent
It’s true: Not all detergents are made equally. Some people complaints that sometimes the dishwasher cleaners are so heavily fragranced that people complain the scent lingers on their dishes. And who wants their plate of pasta to taste like soap?
5. Not cleaning oven spills promptly
Unfortunately, juicy spills in your oven shouldn’t be put off until tomorrow. Un-removed food spills not only bake on more with subsequent cooking, but they can emit odors that may impact the taste or smell of fresh food cooking in there.
6. Not flushing your coffeemaker after a deep clean
If you descale your coffeemaker with white vinegar every month, bravo. But if you notice your morning mug doesn’t taste the same the next day, we might know why: Not thoroughly flushing the coffeemaker after descaling it could give your next cup of coffee a vinegar or descaling product taste and smell.
7.Not rinsing plastic containers after use
By immediately removing the food and juices that are stuck on the sides, you’ll help eliminate smells and stains as early as possible. But, if you forget this step (been there!), lingering odors could impact tomorrow’s leftovers.
8. Using too much dishwasher detergent
Sometimes more is not better, and this is proof: Use too much of this stuff and you could be left with residue on your plates. Yuck. If you make this mistake, hopefully you’ll notice before you start to eat: Chances are you’ll see or smell the residue and wash it off before using the plates.
9. Letting utensils nestle in your dishwasher
When you load forks, spoons and knives all facing the same way, they tend to nestle together, which prevents your appliance from doing a thorough wash job. Spoons, particularly, can nest in the dishwasher, but when that happens, you rewash them. Or, you could load your dishwasher with every other utensil facing the opposite direction.
10. Putting your garlic press in the dishwasher
This tool should really be hand-washed. Washing it in dishwasher will lead to dried garlic in holes that will prevent it from working properly. Meaning you might not get all the garlic out of your press needed for your recipe the next time you use it.
11. Not rinsing bleach carefully
Even though this cleaning agent is a beast at killing bacteria and other things you don’t want to ingest, if not rinsed well, the taste could ruin into your food. So make sure you rinse thoroughly to prevent any off-tastes.
12. Not rinsing dishes well enough
Have you ever gone to pick up a glass off of your drying rack, only to fill it with water and gulp a mouthful of soapy liquid? Yuck. Speeding through the rinse process can have immediate consequences.