The One Thing You Should Always Do After Washing the Dishes

Whoever hates doing the dishes, say “aye!” It’s unfortunately one of those tasks that we need to do pretty much every single day—especially those who don’t have a dishwasher; you’re the true MVP. But even if you do, there are always certain items that need to be washed by hand. And thus, everyone suffers here.

Now, whether or not you’re a person who lets all the dirty dishes stack up in the sink (or the counter for that matter), or you’re someone who washes the fork right as it exits your plate, we have some sound advice for what to do after you finish washing your dishes. Well, we mean what to do after besides pat yourself on the back and reward yourself with a glass of wine, because that should go without saying.

The one thing you should always, always do after cleaning the dishes is clean your kitchen sink!

Okay, obviously once you’re done scrubbing the dishes, the last thing you want to do is scrub something else—but hear us out. Giving your kitchen sink a deep cleaning after doing other dishes will keep it looking shiny and new. If you neglect to clean your sink, it can actually become even dirtier than a toilet! How gross is that?

It makes sense—don’t you notice how after you just cleaned a bunch of cereal bowls and plates from dinner how much gross food particles are left in your sink? Milk mixed with pasta sauce is a serious recipe for gagging. But besides that, the food particles can act a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, including some pretty serious ones like salmonella and E. coli.

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