Get Dirty, Get Clean: 8 Effective Ways to Clean Your Kitchen
Keeping your kitchen clean is a necessity, not only in terms of appearance but also for health. A dirty kitchen entails unhealthy surroundings that can lead to health problems. Moreover, as far as looks are concerned, obviously nobody likes a dirty-looking kitchen that creates distaste in the food being cooked there, no matter how well it appears.
Here are 8 ways in which you can keep your kitchen clean:
- Open-shelf pantry: An open-shelf pantry not only provides a great presentation but also a great solution for your storage. It enables you to protect your pantry eatables against unwanted pests. The open storage allows you to keep an eye out for moths and mice. As a precaution, it is suggested to keep all the food in containers or glass jars a few shelves above the floor.
- Wiping: An underrated aspect, the importance of wiping can never be overstated. Seldom-touched areas like refrigerator handle, faucets, knobs, and pulls, light switches are all hotspots for germs. Always have disinfectant wipes and follow regular wiping with use. Follow wiping, as a rule, every morning when you wake up and get your kitchen for a hot cup of coffee.
- Clean the gaps: Gaps are one of the most notorious aspects of any kitchen décor. They are like those dens that children are not allowed to visit when playing in the nearby woods. What makes gaps scary, just like the dens, is the darkness. And the best way to get rid of the darkness is to let in light. For example, kill the darkness that survives between the stove and the wall by pulling the stove out every other month. Deep clean the hidden areas of the wall and the floor around it. A great way to avoid floor scratches is by using furniture sliders.
- Kitchen linen cleaning: Kitchen linens are a very important aspect of any kitchen and play an important role in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. Replace long-used towels and sponges with new ones. Get the hand towels laundered every other day if not regularly. Always have a set of linens ready for emergency purposes. Sanitizing them is strongly suggested.
- Citrus scrubbing: Mix a half cup of lemon juice and a cup of salt and apply to rust, stains and residue marks, scrub it and then rinse off. This is an easy home-made scrub and is perfect for dirt marks removal.
- Hand Vacuum: For those of you who have a lot of vertical space in your kitchen, a hand vacuum can come in very handy in cleaning the cobwebs and dust in otherwise-hard-to-reach nooks and corners. Get yourself a stool which will enable you to reach even higher spaces like the corners of the walls themselves. Some vacuum cleaners come with long attachments that allow you to reach low spots like underneath base cabinets and spaces between appliances and walls.
- Clean the kitchen appliances: For example, if you have a dishwasher, it is very important to keep it clean for higher longevity. Begin with the exterior doors, then into the interior attachments. Or, if you do not have a dishwasher, make sure that you clean and sanitize your sink at the end of each day.
- Schedule your cleaning: A great way to maintain your kitchen is to schedule your cleaning. You can do this according to your own convenience. This makes it less hectic. For your working days, assign those kitchen essentials that require less time like utensils and plates, whereas contribute your weekends for the larger ones like refrigerator, oven, etc.
Keeping these 8 ways in mind will help you make your kitchen a better place for cooking. Yes, it can be boring and tiresome. Play your favorite playlist as it can certainly help in keeping up your spirit. And at the end, you just might find yourself in a perfectly clean and hygienic kitchen space with the song “Heal the World” playing in the background. After all, healing begins at home.
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