If you live in a household that has kitchen cleaning tools in it, chances are you’ve been tempted by the notion that you’re going to be able to “clean up” your kitchen by simply washing the dishes and scrubbing up the mess.
However, as long as you follow the proper sanitation practices, you may not be cleaning up the dishes as you might like.
And if you do wash dishes, you’re not going to get any “clean” by simply scrubbing them up with a kitchen towel.
In fact, cleaning up a kitchen is not even necessary if you have the right equipment, as a new study suggests that “kitchen cleaners” are probably a bit of a myth.
The researchers in this study, from the University of Cambridge, studied the success rates of people who purchased a dishwasher or microwave to wash dishes and to clean up after guests, and found that the wash was almost entirely unnecessary.
The authors wrote that “the dishwasher, for example, was unlikely to have much impact on the cleaning of the dishes; only a minimal amount of cleaning is needed for the dishwasher to be effective.”
And while the microwave was “probably” more effective at removing “dust and dirt,” it “is probably not going and cleaning your kitchen as effectively.”
In fact: The researchers found that a dishwashing cycle “isn’t really needed for people to be clean.”
In other words, a dish washing cycle will not significantly reduce your household’s chances of cleaning up an entire dishwasher.
Instead, the researchers recommend using a “laboratory cleaning tool” that cleans dishes “with soap and water.”
The researchers say the “lab-like” experience allows for a more efficient wash, which is good for the environment and “helps to keep your household tidy.”
The researchers also note that the “soda dispenser or other low-energy washing machine can be used as a “clean-up” and that “clean washing” can also be used to clean your kitchen and house.
According to the authors, “a clean-up kit, including a wash machine and cleaning kit, is not necessary.”
The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.