15 Kitchen Crimes Roommates Should Never Commit


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For most of my adult life, I've lived alone. I’m something of a perfectionist, and I like it when things are just so, which makes the idea of sharing common spaces—like the kitchen—with roommates feel incredibly uncomfortable and anxiety-provoking. But there are plenty of people who prefer to live with roommates, and I’ve heard my fair share of kitchen horror stories from friends and family members who have. But moldy fruit, dirty dishes, and fruit fly infestations are all problems that can be avoided if everyone involved makes an effort. To be respectful of your living companions, there are just some kitchen crimes you should never commit.

Read on for 15 kitchen crimes to avoid at all costs.

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Putting Empty Ice Trays Into the Freezer

There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re going to shake up a much-needed cocktail only to stick your hand in the freezer and realize there is no ice. It takes no time at all to fill up an ice cube tray and stick it in the freezer, so get in the habit of doing it and keep your roommates happy.

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Filling the Sink With Dirty Dishes When the Dishwasher Is Empty

Why place a dirty dish in the sink when you can place it in the dishwasher? It doesn’t take that much longer, and it keeps the kitchen looking tidy.

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Filling the Sink With Dirty Dishes When the Dishwasher Is Full

Realize that the dishwasher is filled with dirty dishes? Many people don’t even have a dishwasher, so be grateful you have one—then turn it on and run it!

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Not Emptying the Dishwasher When It's Clean

It’s not the most fun of chores, but it has to be done–the kitchen will run more smoothly if the clean dishes are put away. If you don’t have a dishwasher, the same applies to the dish rack. If it’s filled with clean dishes, put them away.

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Always Drinking Wine, but Never Bothering To Wash the Glasses

If you had a little get-together with friends and are too tired to wash the glasses that night, wake up the next morning and do it. Your roommates aren’t your housecleaners, so make sure to clean up your own messes.

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Leaving Moldy Fruit on the Counter

If you purchased a bunch of peaches last week at the farmer's market with the intent of making smoothies each morning but never got around to it, don’t leave them there to rot. You’ll end up with an infestation of fruit flies.

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Leaving Almost-Empty Takeout Containers in the Fridge

That broccoli beef that had two bites left in the Chinese takeout box that you put in the fridge three weeks ago? Yeah, it’s still there. Get rid of it now.

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Sticking Food in the Oven and Forgetting About It

It seemed like a great idea to bake that frozen pizza last night when you came home from the bar at 1 a.m. However, you forgot about it, and now there’s a burnt, smelly mess in the oven. If you’re using the oven, set a timer!

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Not Taking Out the Trash or Recycling

If the trash and recycling bins are full, take them out. While you're at it, always make sure to put a new bag in the bin, too.

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Mixing the Trash and the Recycling

If your roommates have made the effort to set up a system where trash goes in one place and recycling in another, be respectful and throw your bottles in the correct bin.

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Eating Someone Else’s Food Without Asking

Unless you jointly shop and pay for the groceries, ask your roommates before you dive into their turkey to make a sandwich.

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Putting Knives in the Dishwasher

The quickest way to make a sharp knife dull? Sticking it in the dishwasher. Don’t do it.

Wash knives directly after using, dry them with a towel, and return them to the knife block.

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Not Putting Dirty Towels in the Laundry Bin

Discuss with your roommates how you deal with kitchen linens, then follow the rules. It’s disgusting to wash your hands after dealing with raw meat then reach for a dishtowel that is crusted with salsa or other remnants of food.

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Not Paying Attention To Where You Put Things

We know that some people aren’t super organized, but you should have a basic understanding of where things go in the kitchen. Don’t empty the dishwasher and put all the glasses where the plates normally go. Try to keep the items in the general vicinity of where they belong.

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Using up an Ingredient and Not Refilling It

If you like to cook and share certain everyday ingredients (like olive oil, salt, pepper, etc.) with your roommates, don’t use something up and not replenish it.

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