It can be argued that the kitchen is the heart of the home so it’s no wonder tempers can flare when annoyingly bad habits put other people’s tolerance to the test. Here are some top pet peeves around the kitchen that you may find irritating, or even be guilty of yourself!
Dirty tea towels
Have you ever gone to dry your hands on a tea towel, only to feel the slimy leftover food and gunk left by the previous user?
This means that you have to re-wash your hands because now they’re dirty again. A study from the University of Arizona found that 89% of kitchen cloths carried coliform bacteria, which is found in both animal and human digestive tracts. In fact, tea towels are technically as bad for harbouring germs as kitchen sponges.
The kitchen contains more germs, which can cause cold or flu, than any other room in the house, including the bathroom. These germs can go from one cell to more than 8 million in less than 24 hours, so it is always important to try and keep your kitchen as hygienic as possible.
Wet counters near the sink
If a tea towel isn’t covered in leftover food then it could have been used to absorb any excess liquid covering the work tops, further spreading germs. Just by merely leaning forward onto a work top, liquid can soak the front of your top, leaving you damp and potentially stained!
Messy floors and countertops
Sticky, greasy floors and messy counters can be bi-products of cooking and food prep but they are not always cleared up. Spare a thought for the individual who lands their hand in the puddle of ketchup - they never asked for your left overs to be smeared all over them. At the end of the day, no one likes a messy counter, but it’s even worse when it’s a messy floor.
Dropping food on the floor can happen in any room where food is eaten but in the kitchen it can be anything from oil and drinks to crumbs and sauce. If not cleaned up straight away then there is a chance mess could be tread throughout the house, leaving a trail of stains behind - not to mention the potential for an infestation!
Leaving garbage on the counter top
Depending on the size of your kitchen, and what you keep on your counter tops, constantly having garbage left on the side is not only unhygienic and potentially dangerous, but it can also lead to unwanted pests such as flies and cockroaches. Even if you have a bin in your kitchen, this still doesn’t guarantee that all the garbage is going to end up in there, which could lead to unwanted pests in the place that’s meant to be the most hygienic.
Exploded food in the microwave
The convenience of a microwave is unquestionable when it comes to heating up food, but there is still always the chance to create a mess even within such a confined space. You may think fastening on lids would keep everything nicely contained – however, the process of rapidly heating liquid molecules can cause a pressure build up, resulting in an almighty culinary “explosion”. It’s always best to leave gaps for the escaping heat, as well as ensuring you stir regularly.
Cloudy glasses and wet dishes
On opening the dishwasher at the end of a cycle, there may be instances where the top rack resembles a waterfall, showering your dry dishes below with water from the rinse cycle. Although there may not be any food caked on your dishes, you’re not getting the results you were after - that seemingly impossible shine.
Annoyances such as these might not seem like much but over time on a day to day basis they can really grate on you. They can even cause embarrassment, especially if you have guests over as it can hint at unclean glasses – which obviously isn’t the case. This isn’t an uncommon problem and keeping your dishwasher topped up with Rinse Aid, as well as other additives such as dishwasher salt, can easily help solve your problems.
By keeping it regularly topped up, Finish® Rinse Aid can help you protect and restore your glasses with its five power actions:
- Rinses residue
- Speeds up drying
- Fights water spots
- Film protection
- Brilliant shine with every wash
Piled Up Dirty Dishes
It doesn’t matter that you have a dishwasher in your kitchen, dirty dishes are often still piled up in the sink, or on the counter next to it. No matter how many dirty dishes you may have in your sink, Finish Powerball is always there to give you back time to spend doing things you love. Ensure plates are stacked straight into the dishwasher to avoid pile ups, and start the wash cycle only when full.
As you can see there are many instances that can happen around the kitchen, but dirty dishes doesn’t have to be one of them. Finish® All in 1™ Powerball can provide powerful cleaning, cutting through grease and difficult food stains to make sure that your crockery and cutlery come out hygienically clean every time. And those times when you want that extra sparkle to your glasses and dishware? Give Finish® Rinse Aid a try.