Hopefully you saw our blog post last week introducing the Tips from Fellow Taskers series, with the first blog article discussing top tips around communicating with your Clients during a Cleaning category task.
Whether a Client has prepared for your arrival or has left the kitchen in a bit of a mess, our top Cleaning Taskers recommend starting to tackle the job by doing the following things:
- Scrape any food from the counters or dirty dishes into the trash or compost. Throw away any trash such as straws or paper towels that may be sitting around.
- Empty the dishwasher. If necessary, fill the dishwasher with any dirty dishes and run the cycle. This will clear the sink for you to use as a work area.
Another useful trick we learned from our Taskers is how to clean a kitchen sponge. While sponges may seem innocent and clean at first glance, these frequently used items are hotbeds for germs. Here are three ways our Taskers recommend cleaning them properly:
The microwave can destroy 99.9% of germs from a sponge. To utilize this method, saturate the sponge with water (around ¼-½ cup), then heat it on high for one minute (for scrub sponges) or two minutes (for cellulose sponges).
The dishwasher also kills 99.9% of germs. If your Client has a dishwasher and enough dirty dishes to warrant a full load, simply add the sponge to a regular dishwasher load and use the “heated dry” setting.
Using vinegar can also eliminate 99.6% of bacteria. All you have to do is soak the sponge in white vinegar for five minutes, then rinse clean.
If you’re a Tasker and want to learn more, click here to view the full Tasker-built Cleaning lesson in the learning library. If you’re a Client and would rather a Tasker do the heavy lifting, click here to post a task!