How Do You Keep a Clean Kitchen with Roommates?

How Do You Keep a Clean Kitchen with Roommates?

Emma Christensen
Oct 19, 2015
(Image credit: Rachel Joy Barehl)

Whether you adore your roommates, or merely co-exist, so many heated disputes in a shared household come down to one question: "Who made this pot dirty?" And then, of course, the inevitable follow-up question, "Who's doing the dishes?"

Today we're looking for some crowd-sourced knowledge to answer this question — or better yet, prevent it from needing to be asked in the first place. What are your best tips, most surprising secrets, and hard-earned pieces of advice for keeping a kitchen clean when you live in a house with roommates?

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We're asking this question not just for our collective benefit, but also to specifically help one reader, who sent in this plea in our Reader Request Week thread:

I live in a shared house of nine people — four couples and a bachelor. Any tips to keep kitchen peace? With several enthusiastic cooks and no enthusiastic dishwashers, it can get into quite a state at times. While we share cooking equipment, each household buys their own food and cooks only for themselves, on account of wildly different schedules and diets.

- Hilloves

Dear Hilloves, we've all been there at some point or another in our lives. It sounds like you've got a pretty good roommate situation — you all just need a little help in the "chore list" department. In the short term, let me point you to this great article:

In the longer term, let's see what advice the rest of you have to share. What's worked for you? What hasn't worked? Give us — and Hilloves — your best words of wisdom for this situation!

This post was requested by Hilloves for Reader Request Week 2015.

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