FIVE TIME-SAVING TIPS FOR A
FASTER CLEANUP THIS SUMMER
TIMESLEDGER | QNS.COM | JULY 17-JULY 23, 2020 17
With summer in full swing, backyards are
the ultimate oasis for warm-weather traditions
like grilling or enjoying frozen treats
and ice-cold drinks on the patio. And after
months distanced from friends, family and colleagues
at home, the need to physically distance from
chores and get outside is at an all-time high.
Try these five tips to conquer kitchen cleanup,
spend less time indoors and more time enjoying the
Plan ahead, with simplicity in mind
Making a delicious meal doesn’t mean having to
use every utensil and dish in your kitchen. Plan and
prep ahead to avoid a last-minute scramble or unnecessary
use of dishes. Experiment with sheet-pan
and one-pot meals, line baking sheets with parchment
paper, or grill meals in foil packets for quicker
Clean as you go
In true summer fashion, many meals include
easy-to-make staples like hot dogs and watermelon.
For days when the menu is more complex, take a
tip from the pro chefs and keep workstations clean.
Clearing counters as you cook saves time later and
provides more space for prepping, plating, and presenting.
Keep a trash can and wet washcloth nearby
to quickly wipe surfaces and move on to the next
Before serving the meal, load dirty prep items
into the dishwasher, leveraging its features to maximize
space for fewer loads. Bosch dishwashers have
a loading solution for nearly every gadget - from
plastic ice pop trays and wine glasses to silicone
straws - thanks to a third rack that accommodates
tough-to-place items like grilling tools, and an adjustable
middle rack that makes room for large serving
platters and sheet pans below.
Skip pre-rinsing, washing and sanitizing
dishes by hand
Feeling wishy-washy about doing the dishes by
hand? Despite popular belief, hand washing actually
uses about 27 gallons of water per load on average,
while an energy-efficient dishwasher uses three to
six. And, after scraping excess food off your plate,
skip the pre-rinse before loading - food particles give
dishwasher detergent something to stick to!
Proper sanitization is also tough to achieve when
washing by hand since the water needs to exceed at
least 140 degrees to kill bacteria. The great news?
Normal cycles on most dishwashers meet this requirement
and sanitize functions often reach far
beyond this temperature.
Save towels for hands, not dishes
Ninety percent of Americans unnecessarily use
a manual drying step after their dishwasher cycle
is complete. It’s time to say goodbye to hand-drying
dishes! Bosch dishwashers with CrystalDry ensure
dishes emerge as perfectly dry as they are clean, using
a naturally occurring mineral that transforms
moisture into heat up to 176 degrees. This added layer
of heat delivers drier dishes, even plastics, so items
are ready to be put away once the cycle is complete.
Get smart and stay connected
Smart appliances help automate the mundane,
making it easier to tackle chores. Master doing
the dishes using a dishwasher equipped with the
Home Connect, which enables users to start a cycle
remotely, monitor its progress and receive updates,
all from the convenience of a smart device.
In addition, avoid trips to the store for dishwasher
detergent, thanks to partners that can automatically
reorder detergent tabs when running low.