5 Tips for People Who Hate Cleaning Up After Dinner
1. Keep a bowl of warm, soapy water by the sink while you cook
2. Clean the big stuff first
3. Set a timer
4. Don’t be afraid to call in the reinforcements
It’s 2020, which means there are lots of incredibly effective products out there to help you. Kitchen’s Lifestyle Director, Lisa Freedman, recently fell hard for this new Dawn Power wash spray, which really helps to eliminate the need for scrubbing. And plenty of staffers use these Bottle Bright tabs for cookware, too. The point? Some jobs call for a little more than regular ol’ soap and water. Arm yourself with the right tools/cleaners and the tasks will be much easier.
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5. Remind yourself that waiting only means more work later
Waiting to clean up after dinner doesn’t just put it off until later; doing so actually makes the task harder than it needs to be. When food dries on dirty dishes, counters, and the stove it’ll take longer to clean and require more effort. Do you feel like cleaning right now? No. But will it be more for Future You if you put it off? Yes, certainly.
This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: 5 Tips for People Who Hate Cleaning Up After Dinner