Eight out of ten Brits have by no means cleaned their microwave – Allaboutyou

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While deep cleaning should be a focus for now, new research has uncovered some of our top unsanitary kitchen habits – including not cleaning the microwave and using the same tea towel for over two weeks each.

Oliver’s Kitchen surveyed more than 1,600 of its customers to find out how hygienically important kitchen appliances such as ovens, microwaves and refrigerators are.

The investigation found that the least cleaned product in the kitchen was the microwave. More than four fifths (82%) of Britons admitted never cleaning it thoroughly.

The oven was the second most neglected device. Two thirds (68%) of the respondents said that they had not cleaned their oven thoroughly in a year.

Research also discovered the least hygienic habits of the British, such as not disinfecting the kitchen container, overusing dish sponges and towels, and not cleaning the mop head after each use.

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The five worst kitchen hygiene habits among British people are:

1. Never clean the microwave thoroughly – 82% said they never clean their microwave oven thoroughly

2. Not cleaning a cutting board thoroughly after using raw meat on it – 73% admitted this

3. Not cleaning the oven thoroughly on a regular basis – 68% admitted they had not done so in the past year

4. Don’t let food cool quickly enough before storing it in the refrigerator – 63% said they take food and put it in the refrigerator right before cooling

5. Failure to change the tea towel / sponge regularly – 61% of Britons reported using the same for more than two weeks.

The survey also found that one in five Britons doesn’t wash their hands before cooking, and a third (34%) don’t clean the mop head after each use, which can cause harmful bacteria to spread around the kitchen and possibly the rest of the house .

In early 2020, the Food Standards Agency stated that there is an estimated 2.4 million cases of food poisoning annually in the UK, with 380,000 cases of norovirus annually also related to food preparation and consumption in the UK.

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12 cleaning mistakes that ruin the taste of your food

Don’t get all the reasons out of your mill

As troublesome as it may be, washing your grinder with soap and water every day, if your passion for your morning coffee is, this is key. “Coffee-bean oils can go rancid and give fresh coffee a bad taste,” said Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

Cooking on a dirty grill

“Charred pieces and flavors from previously cooked foods can carry over to fresh foods,” says Forte. For cleaning grill grates, the Good Housekeeping Institute recommends scrubbing the surface with spiral brushes without bristles or creased aluminum thwart.

Cleaning a pan in the dishwasher

Apparently, washing with mild soap is fine, but the dishwasher isn’t: “What the spice strips off a pan is washing in the dishwasher,” says Sharon Franke, director of kitchen appliances and technology lab at Good Housekeeping Institute. And since seasoning prevents food from sticking, it can cause your dinner to cook unevenly.

Use a strong scented dish detergent

It’s true: not all detergents are made equal. “I’ve heard complaints that the dishwashers sometimes smell so strong that people complain that the scent lingers on their dishes,” says Forte. And who wants your pasta plate to taste like soap?

Spilled material is not cleaned up immediately

Unfortunately, juicy soiling in your oven should not be postponed until tomorrow. “Spilled food that is not removed will not only continue to bake during subsequent cooking, but can also give off odors that can affect the taste or smell of fresh food,” says Forte.

Do not rinse your coffee machine after a thorough cleaning

When you descale Your coffee maker with white vinegar every month, well done. However, if you find that your morning mug doesn’t taste right the next day, we may know why: “If you don’t rinse the coffee maker thoroughly after descaling, it can add a vinegar taste and smell to your next cup of coffee,” says Forte.

Do not rinse plastic containers after use

By immediately removing the food and juices stuck to the sides, you can get rid of odors and stains as early as possible. However, if you forget this step, lingering odors can spoil tomorrow’s leftovers, Forte says.

Use too much detergent

Sometimes more is not better, and this is proof: Using too much of it can leave residue on your plates. Although Forte says if you make this mistake, hopefully before you start eating you will notice, “You will likely see or smell the residue and wash it off before using the plates.”

Let utensils nestle in your dishwasher

If you load the forks, spoons, and knives in the same direction, they will tend to nestle against each other, preventing your device from being thoroughly washed. “Spoons in particular can nest in the dishwasher, but when that happens, wash them again,” says Forte. Or you can load your dishwasher with any other utensil in the opposite direction.

Put your garlic press in the dishwasher

This tool really should be hand washed. “Washing in the dishwasher results in dried garlic in holes that interfere with proper function,” says Franke. This means the next time you use it, you may not get all of the garlic out of your press that is needed for your recipe.

Do not rinse bleach thoroughly

Although this detergent is an animal that kills bacteria and other things that you don’t want ingestion if not rinsed well, it can ruin the taste in your food. “That happened to me with a coffee filter,” warns Franke. So make sure you rinse thoroughly to avoid any off-taste.

Not rinsing dishes well enough

Have you ever taken a glass off your clothes horse just to fill it with water and swallow a sip of soapy liquid? Speeding up the flushing process can have immediate consequences.


Ruth is a seasoned freelance digital writer and editor who covers everything from travel and interiors to fashion and beauty.

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