In this article, I will be discussing the importance of keeping your kitchen clean. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house and should be kept as sanitary as possible. There are four easy steps to follow: sweep and mop the floor every day, clean the counters with soap and water every day, wipe down cabinets with grease remover spray monthly, and spray stove top with glass cleaner monthly. With these simple steps, you’ll keep your kitchen clean! Enjoy reading about how to keep a healthy home!
Keeping your kitchen clean
A clean kitchen is important for many reasons, including health and sanitation issues. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your house, so it needs to be kept as sanitary as possible. Keeping your kitchen clean can be a time consuming task, so try to keep the necessary steps as quick and painless as possible. Allowing yourself plenty of time, patience and supplies will help you avoid getting frustrated or throwing in the towel halfway through!
Take out all of the trash; this includes food waste, recyclables and even wrappers and boxes that may otherwise attract pests. It is important to go through all of your cabinets, countertops and pantry areas before you begin more detailed cleaning. Not only does this show you where everything is located but it allows for an easier clean up since you’re not moving things around while vacuuming. Wipe down counters with disinfectant wipes and spray stove tops and sinks with either a DIY cleaner or all-purpose bathroom cleaner.
Clean fridge and pantry areas
If you have spills in your fridge, clean them up as soon as you see them. Once liquid has dried it becomes harder to clean and can also attract pests if not dealt with immediately. Clean appliances thoroughly with vinegar mixed with hot water (diluted for the dishwasher). If there are any bad smells coming from your refrigerator, try putting slices of bread that were soaked in vinegar inside overnight to absorb some of the odors.
Don’t forget hard-to-reach spots – If something is hidden behind something else or stuck somewhere it may be easy to overlook during a quick cleaning session. Lightly dust or sweep or vacuum each area to get rid of loose dirt and debris. Sweep cobwebs off the ceiling and take a few minutes to dust knick-knacks, shelves and light fixtures.
Once you’ve cleaned all the appliances in your kitchen it will be time for oven cleaning! Before you start any oven cleaning make sure that your appliance has cooled completely, if not then turn it off until it is cool enough to touch. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water (about two tablespoons). Make sure to remove any racks before spraying them with the solution and let them dry. Once they are dry use steel wool soap pads (fine) to scrub through tough spots like burned-on food or hard water stains. You can also do this in the sink with baking soda to scrub stubborn spots.
Make sure you are checking your pot lids regularly for loose fitting or warped lids that can make a mess when cooking. If any of your lids are cracked, chipped or broken throw them out immediately. Take time to go through and organize all of your kitchen cupboards and drawers so things aren’t hard to find and maximize space. Use clear plastic boxes for items you use often such as spices and baking goods so they can easily be seen and taken out without having to reorganize every time you want flour or sugar!
Don’t forget the dishwasher! Most people don’t think of dishing washers as something that needs to be taken care of, but a quick clean out will do wonders. Run an empty dishwasher while you’re cleaning the rest of your kitchen and use a cup filled with vinegar to help break down any hard water stains or leftover food.
Write a “to-do” list
Pick up a small notepad and jot down all the things you could be doing in the next hour or so to get your kitchen cleaned up! You can go from 1 item to 10 if needed for bigger jobs such as oven cleaning, fridge scrubbing and furniture dusting. Keeping track of time is important when it comes to dealing with tasks that may take longer than others to complete. If something takes 15 minutes then write it on your list once you know you have this amount of time to work with. This way there aren’t any ‘surprises’ when it comes to your cleaning schedule and your kitchen will be clean in no time.
Sweep and mop the kitchen floor every day
Sweep and mop the floor every day. If you have a hard time with this, start in one corner of the kitchen floor and work your way around in a spiral pattern until you’ve covered the entire kitchen.
Clean the sink drain
Use a natural drain cleaner or baking soda and vinegar – just pour 1/2 cup of either into your drain and follow it up with 2 quarts of boiling water. For even better results, let this mixture sit in your sink overnight! If you have any standing water in your garbage disposal, pour baking soda directly into the drain (1/4 cup for every 1 gallon of water). This will help deodorize as well as clean out anything stuck inside. Cover the drain in a very gentle manner using a wet cloth so you don’t splash the mixture over your cabinets. Repeat if necessary, making sure to use cold water after boiling hot water so as not to damage the rubber components of your garbage disposal.
Scrub your stovetop
Stovetops can get dirty quickly – our solution? Put down a layer of newspaper and scrub with vinegar and baking soda . This will cut through the grime without damaging your appliances! If you have stainless steel appliances, clean them when they’re dry with white vinegar on a rag or microfiber cloth – no need for chemicals unless there’s rust involved! Keep a glass spray bottle filled with vinegar-water in your kitchen and squirt it onto any grease or sticky spots before scrubbing with a rag. Wipe off any stains you see on your countertops right away to prevent food particles from sticking.
Clean out under appliances
Make sure to remove anything that’s underneath your refrigerator, dishwasher and cabinets when you’re cleaning because this is where most of the dust accumulates. Use hot water and vinegar on a rag for extra grease cutting power when wiping down corners or nooks that are hard to reach. You can also use dryer sheets or old rags to wipe down vents so everything feels fresh. If there’s food stuck under your appliances it might not be bad enough to throw away, but if you can’t scrape it out that’s when you’ll want to spend the extra time cleaning.
Wipe down cabinets
Keeping your cabinets shiny is also another way of creating more space – the shinier they are, the bigger they look! Use microfiber cloths or Swiffers (even paper towels) to clean out any dust or debris stuck in between cabinet doors and on top of shelves. If you see grime, use an old rag with vinegar-water to scrub it away. This will make your kitchen feel refreshed without having to do too much work!
Fill in cracks between tiles
Once you’ve scrubbed all your surfaces, fill in any gaps that are left behind with caulk. This will make everything nice and clean. No one wants to see little specks of dirt lying around when they look down! Caulk is great for sealing up any cracks in your cabinets or baseboards so no dust can get underneath.
Wash the kitchen rug
Pull out the washing machine and set it up in another room (if possible) so you can wash your kitchen rug right away without too much hassle. Use vinegar instead of detergent to keep colors fresh and reduce build-up on fibers. If your rug is looking very dirty, use baking soda to spot clean before throwing it in the wash.
Keeping your kitchen, bathroom and laundry appliances clean will not only make them last longer but it’ll also take a few things off your to-do list as well! You can give anything a quick wipe down with vinegar or baking soda to reduce bacteria and create a healthier environment for you and those around you – whether that’s family, guests or even pets! Decreasing dirt clogged up in our home is what helps us keep our sanity so we hope these tips help you out as well – happy cleaning!
Clean the counters with soap and water every day
Wipe down the counters and clean the sink. Don’t let it fill up with dirty dishes – if you can’t put them in the dishwasher right away, wash them by hand and immediately dry them. Dirty dishes left to sit only attract more dirt. If you have a double-sink, do one side at a time so that you don’t mix all your sponges and scrubbers together. Empty out your kitchen garbage bag as soon as it fills up instead of waiting for trash day – this will help keep smells to a minimum!
Mix some vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray on countertops or wherever else needs cleaning
For tougher dirt spots use baking soda (dampened with vinegar) to rub the area, then wipe down.
If you follow these simple and quick tips, it will ensure you have a clean kitchen all year round. If you keep it clean as your go, then it is easier than having to do a bit clean every few months.