How To Clean Your Kitchen: 12 Mistakes That Make Food Taste Worse

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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,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.


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2. Cooking on a dirty grill.

“Charred bits and flavors of previously cooked food can transfer to fresh foods,” says Forte. Yuck. To clean grill grates, the Good Housekeeping Institute recommends scrubbing the surface with coil brushes that do not have bristles or crumpled aluminum foil.


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3. Cleaning a skillet in the dishwasher.

Apparently, washing with mild soap is okay, but the dishwasher is not: “What will strip the seasoning off a skillet is washing it in the dishwasher,” says Sharon Franke, the director of the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab in our Good Housekeeping Institute. And since seasoning prevents foods from sticking, this could cause your dinner to cook unevenly.


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4. Using a strongly-scented dishwasher detergent.

It’s true: Not all detergents are made equally. “I’ve heard complaints that sometimes the dishwasher cleaners are so heavily fragranced that people complain the scent lingers on their dishes,” says Forte. And who wants their plate of pasta to taste like soap?


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