Do you clean as you cook?

@Laurla98 (786)
United States
August 27, 2007 9:54am CST
My mom always taught me to rinse/clean dishes as I cook so that I don't have a big mess to clean up when I'm done. Do you clean as you go or do you wait until everything is done and then clean-up?
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
28 Aug 07
Yes, I like to cook and I make sure that I clean those equipments I use. I also worked on a fastfood restaurant, so I apply our "clean as you go" rulings!;) I think this ruling shouldn't be just for kitchen, but should also be applied in every aspect of our life!;)
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
I can see how that routine would work for you since you worked in fast food. I agree it should be with every aspect of life too!! Thanks!
• United States
10 Oct 07
I can see why you picked raijin as your best response Laurla, that is how I am too. Whether I am cooking,doing crafts, or whatever, I clean as I go..
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
27 Aug 07
Sometimes, but not always. Usually I clean when all is done. Anyway everyone has his own way to do things. It is very natural, I think.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
I agree that its very natural to do that. Some days when I'm not in the mood to clean as I go..I wait until its all done just because I want to enjoy what I'm cooking. My husband has a different theory...cook and don't clean up at all. lol
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• China
30 Aug 07
I love to clean, not cook when I am at home with my family. But when I am at school, I have to cook and clean all by myself. Anyway, I cook simple food, which is all I can do as I am a simple man. lol
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
30 Aug 07
Hi there. Yes Im the same, my mom also taught us to clean as we cooked, to minimise mess, keep the kitchen and my work space free, tidy and clean... I like how Ive adapted to this habit, in which Im teaching our children...
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Same here! Thanks!!
• United States
29 Aug 07
Well I have a dish washer so I like to do a load when dinner is done. I do rince everything but wait to wash it in the dish washer.
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Me too! Thanks!
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
29 Aug 07
I like to clean as I cook. Especially when I have company coming as the mess is almost cleaned up by the end of the meal.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Thats a good point. You don't want your guests to see your kitchen in a mess. I feel the same way! Thanks!
@men82in (1270)
• India
29 Aug 07
sPECIALLY WHILE CLEANING THE CLEANING SOAP IF USED MUST BE DRIE WELL BEFORE NEXT USE DUE TO ITS GERMS.Each every cook you have to clean the dishes or wash with machines so our cleanlines saves us from diseases. Daily thrice cleaniong might be awul but we have keep upto our healthsake.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Thanks!
• Philippines
28 Aug 07
Yes you have to be clean to cook well and have a healhty lifestyle. In able to work with your cooking your kitchen should be first clean and you will fell comfortable while cooking some healty foods.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
I agree! Thanks!
@mistissa (1350)
• Netherlands
28 Aug 07
As a matter of fact I do. My hubby always cooks and leaves things, so whenever he cooks it looks like something exploded. I like to keep it tidy so while cooking I clean also, to keep it tidy straight away
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
my husband does the same. I can't believe one person can make such a mess in just a little bit of time! Thanks!
@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
28 Aug 07
i do the all the cooking first then the cleaning after. guess i just got use to this system.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Once its routine its hard to break thats for sure! Thanks!
@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
28 Aug 07
Well, I do not always rinse or clean dishes as I cook although I will put the dirty dishes in the sink. I will clean up either when everything is done or while the dish is simmering on the stove.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Same here!! Thanks!
• United States
27 Aug 07
Well I guess I'm kind of different on this as I have to have a clean kitchen to start with before i start cooking. And while I am cooking if I can take my eye off what I'm doing I wash as I go if not I wait til its all done. I also have very little work space and cannot stand clutter.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Same here. I have to have my kitchen clean or I feel like my whole house is dirty. Something I learned from my sister in law. Thanks!
@creematee (2810)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I guess it depends on what I'm cooking. If I'm baking, I usually clean up. Mostly because I need the counter space to cool the cookies, cake, etc. Canning is the same way. When I'm making dinner, however, I wait until the last minute to clean up. I suppose it's because everything goes into the dishwasher anyway (Most things anyway) with dinner dishes. So, I wait until dinner is over before I clean those up. Silly, huh?
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
I don't think its silly. Whatever works best for you. It makes sense!! You do need the counter space when your baking and canning! Made me hungry just thinking of cookies and stuff. THanks!
@vinzen (1022)
• India
27 Aug 07
Hi, each person has their own choice and prefernce regarding this, as some would like to finsih all the work and then clean up, some would do it along side, some would not do it till the next day! So it all depends to whatever suits the person and what best fits into their schedule. I for one was taught by my nmother to keep the kitchen clean at all times, and most importantly before you leave the kitchen, it should be neat and clean so that whenever you return next to the kitchen, it should welcome you in. Same way, i prefer to cook up for the day and keep piling the things in one corner of the wash basin, and when i am through with my cooking which lasts about an hour or so, i close up the cooking range etc,and shift over to the wash basin and do up all the dishes and leave the kitchen very clean. I normally dont do the dishes alongside my cooking, as that would divert my attention from concentrating fully in my cooking ( which i feel is needed, as then alone can we make up a good, tasty meal for our family ). An d if i do the dishes alongside cooking my hands need to be kept on being washed, as i dont think its right to wash with the same hands and cook with them too. So, it all depends on what suits you best and what you are comfortable with.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
I agree you have to do what is most comfortable for yourself! Thanks!
@laurika (4536)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I like to have evrything done at first and then I clean.My mum teach me the same way like you, but I do it my way.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Funny how we all get into our own routines isn't it? You have to do what is most comfortable for you.Thanks!
27 Aug 07
I try to clean as I cook. We have a small kitchen and we don't have a lot of counter space. So it is a must to clean up to make room for what follows.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Same here. If more than one person is in the kitchen...then we get stuck. lol But my daughter likes to sit on the counter and help me.
@medicsrep (130)
• India
27 Aug 07
ur mother taught u the very right.even my mother says the same to clen up the things side by side in order to finish my work as early as possible.we ourself feels comfortable while doing this.
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
30 Aug 07
it is nice to not have a mess when your doing cooking isn't it? Thanks!
@peromk (84)
• Macedonia
8 Oct 07
No, I'm better in cooking than in cleaning, or washing dishes.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
5 Oct 07
Yes many times I do. Usually the obvious stuff like remnant ingredients or misplaced utensils are what I focus on. Sometimes I've cleaned pots while cooking. Its either that, or I've cleaned enough or I'm cleaning immediately after cooking.
@nyumix (1661)
• Belgium
13 Sep 07
I normally do the dishes after finish or meal. So first I cook, eat than after everything is finish I will start my dishes. Of course I will have a little mess in the kitchen but it will be over in no time after we do the dishes.
• United States
13 Sep 07
I was never taught to clean as you cook, but personally, I kind of prefer doing that. I don't like having a big mess when I'm done, so whenever I get done with one thing, I like being able to wash it and let it dry, that way, after the meal or what not, I can just wash the dinner dishes and a few left over things and be done with it.