You've fed the family and your favourite show is just about to start.
Here's how to get everything spotless, and put your feet up with a cuppa in record time.
At room temperature, bacteria in food can double every 20 minutes, so before you tackle the dishes, put leftovers into containers and pop them into the fridge. Once you've refrigerated tomorrow's lunch, fill extra-greasy pans or dishes with stuck-on food, with hot, soapy water and leave them to soak.
The dishwasher trick
A simple, time-saving dishwasher tip is to load items in groups to make it easier to unload later - especially if the kids are lending a hand. For example, all drinking glasses go in the same row, all smaller dinner plates go beside each other. Just before you turn the machine on, run the hot water in the kitchen sink so the cycle will begin with hot water.
Tackle those germ hotspots
The counter, table and cooker are the obvious cleaning spots, but don’t forget about the sink and taps, which can be some of the dirtiest places in the kitchen. Other easily forgotten germ hotspots are: the refrigerator door handle, microwave buttons and cooker dials.
The final 30-second tasks
Before putting your feet up, get back to those soaking pots. Scrunch up a piece of aluminium and use it as a scrubber, which avoids getting scrub bristles dirty. Now it’s time to tackle the floor. Don’t just go under the table and near the cooker, but sweep the baseboards and around the bins too. Finally, take out the rubbish and replace the bag. And now, the rest of the evening is yours!
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