10 Common Cleaning Mistakes That Are Ruining The Taste Of Your Food

Did you know that some kitchen cleaning mistakes could affect the taste of your food? Here are 10 mistakes you should avoid to eat properly.


You will probably be amazed to learn that the taste of your food may be changed by some cleaning mistakes that we commonly make. Often we do not even think that these mistakes or bad habits will have such a consequence as ruining our next meal or our next morning coffee. Unfortunately, this is often the case! Here is some mistakes you should try to avoid from now.

1. Keeping all coffee beans in your machine at all time.

As tedious as washing your grinder with soap and water daily, if you are passionate about coffee, the last thing you are hoping is to take a sip at a coffee tasting like soap: “Coffee bean oils can become rancid and taint the taste of fresh coffee, “says Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning laboratory at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

2. Do not cook your food on a dirty grill

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“The pieces and flavors of previously cooked food can be transferred to fresh foods,” says Forte. The Good Housekeeping Institute recommends cleaning the surface of the grates with brushes that do not have bristles or using crumpled foil.

3. Try to hand wash your stove instead of using the dishwasher.

“What will remove the non-stick film from a stove is to wash it in the dishwasher,” says Sharon Franke, Director of Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab. And since the non-stick film prevents food from sticking to the pan, better wash it by hand with mild soap and water.

4. Avoid using strong perfume detergent.

Dishwashing detergents are not all as effective. “I’ve heard complaints that sometimes dishwasher cleaners are so fragrant that people complain that fragrance remains in their dishes,” says Forte. Who wants his supper to taste soap?

5. Don’t forget to clean food’s overflow in the oven.

Unfortunately, the damage in your oven should not be postponed to the next day. “Not removing food overflows can emit odors that can affect the taste or smell of fresh food in the kitchen,” says Forte.

6. Wash deeply and carefully your coffee machine to avoid vinegar taste.

If you descaler your coffee maker with white vinegar every month, congratulations. But if you notice that your morning coffee cup does not taste good on the very same day, it’s probably because you did not rinsed well your coffee maker: “Unwell rinsing thoroughly the coffee maker after scaling could give your next cup coffee taste and smell like vinegar, “says Forte.

7. Always rinse your container after use.

Immediately removing food and juices that are glued to the sides will make it easier to remove odors and stains. But, if you omit this step, persistent odors could have an impact on your leftovers the next day, says Forte.

8. Do not use too much detergent.

Sometimes, less is better, and it is a proof: use too much detergent and you could stay with soap residue on your plates.

9. Some tools can’t be wash in the dishwasher.

This tool should be hand washed. “Washing in the dishwasher will cause dried garlic in the holes, which will prevent your garlic press from working properly,” explains Franke.

10. This is what happens when you don’t rinse carefully your dishes.

Have you ever removed a glass from your drying rack, only to fill it with water and take a sip of soapy liquid? Rinse your dishes thoroughly.


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