(This story is sponsored by AspenClean.)
As of lately, we’re all spending a lot more time in our homes. Whether you’re working from the dining room table or attending classes remotely from the couch, it’s nice to be surrounded by a clean and organized environment.
For those who have difficulty finding the time or energy to clean, a reliable and trustworthy cleaning service can be a life saver. In this year’s Best of Vancouver awards, the Straight’s readers voted AspenClean into first place in the category of “Best home cleaning service”.
This is the company’s fifth consecutive Best of Vancouver win.
AspenClean provides high-quality cleaning services and uses only safe eco-friendly products. Because of the pandemic, the company has added a natural disinfecting service, which rids all household surfaces of germs.
AspenClean sends a hardworking team to tackle each job to increase efficiency and also offers a satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied, the team will return to your home within 24 hours after the cleaning to correct the issue. To book a house cleaning or disinfecting service, click here.
As a thank you to the Straight’s readers, the Vancouver-based company is sharing some of its top tips to help you effectively hand wash dishes.
Let things soak
If time is on your side, let dirty dishes soak in hot water combined with natural dish soap for 10 to 20 minutes before cleaning them. This makes the scrubbing process much easier as food mess and grease have had more time to lift off the pots and pans.
Wash with hot water
Hot water is far superior at killing harmful bacteria than warm or cool water. Not only does hot water sanitize the dishes but it will also remove all of the soap suds. This means that you won’t taste dish soap the next time you use the dishes to cook. If your hands cannot tolerate hot temperatures, Aspen Clean suggests wearing a pair of rubber cleaning gloves.
Wash clean to dirty
By washing the cleaner dishes first, you’ll limit the spread of grime and germs from the dirty dishes to the relatively clean ones. It will also keep your dish water, sponges, and scrubbies from becoming gross and greasy.
Use a scrubbing powder
A scrubbing powder can help regular dish soap cut through baked-on food messes. An effective scrubbing powder will add extra soap to the mix while also scraping away thick grease with its granules.
Listen for a squeak
Check to see if your dishes are squeaky clean by running your finger along the dish. If it slides down without making a peep, the dish is still dirty and covered in oil residue. If your dish lets out a little squeak, it is clean and ready for drying.
Let the dishes air dry
Allowing your dishes to dry naturally can be more sanitary than wiping them dry with a dish towel since germs won’t be getting spread around. For those with their heart set on drying dishes with a cloth, make sure that you use a new one each time.