The most essential and useful area of a home is the kitchen, but it gets dirty fast.
This area requires frequent maintenance as your healthy life mostly depends on the hygiene of your kitchen.
If you do not clean your kitchen regularly, it will be a haven of lots of diseases causing germs. So you need to always ensure the kitchen stays clean and neat.
How to keep your kitchen clean
- Assemble Your Supplies
Before diving into kitchen cleanup, ensure that you have all the necessary supplies. Gather the paper towels, mops, cleaning detergents and brushes together, clear the work surfaces and fill the sink with hot, soapy water to soak kitchen items.
Additionally, this is the best time to use the cleaner to spray the hob and oven and leave it to work while you focus on other chores.
- Vacuum, mop or broom
- Basket for items that do not belong in your kitchen
- Scrubber for stuck-on food
- Dish soap
- Sponge or dish cloth
- Garbage container
- Other cleansers you generally use
2. Run A Sink Of Hot, Soapy Water.
If your kitchen has a double sink with one side having a disposal area, you need to make use of the disposal-free side. By keeping this side free it will let you scrape leftovers down the drain fast while you focus on other chores.
The water should be very hot since it will cool as you use it.
3. Make Sure You Scrape Off The Utensils Into The Garbage Disposal.
If there is no double sink and you have blocked disposal, you should scrape the utensils off onto a dish.
4. Put The Utensils That Should Soak Into The Water.
Select the utensils that will provide you and the dishwasher difficulty in cleaning. Place on the bottom those that are very dirty and fill big utensils such as bowls and pans with hot, soapy water and let them soak on the counter.
5. While Your Utensils Soak, Clear Out The Kitchen Cupboards, Countertop, And Floor.
Do not worry about items that do not belong in your kitchen, or are out of order. Your focus at this time should only be on waste.
6. Proceed To Collect All Things That Do Not Belong In Your Kitchen And Place Them Into A Basket.
You should not stop working on your kitchen to put the out-of-place things back in their proper area.
7. Clear Away All The Things That Belong In Your Kitchen But Are Not In Their Right Areas.
You should not get distracted by re-organizing drawers, cabinets, etc. Just put the things back in the right places.
8. Hand Wash Or Use The Dishwasher.
If you do not like using a dishwasher or do not own one, washing by hand might take long.
If you can, get a few other household members to help wash, rinse, dry and place the dishes where they belong. This is the best time to get together with your loved ones.
You can empty the dirty water and food scraped off the dishes into the disposal. Then add the dishes to the dishwasher.
9. Clean The Sink, Appliances, And Counter Top.
Wash the rags and sponges as well. Clean the visible surfaces.
You can clean the crumbs out of your toaster or open your microwave and scrub it out then wipe it down.
10. With A Dry Rag Or Broom, Get Into The Corners, Under The Cabinets And Up To The Baseboards.
Remove appliances if needed. Use a steam cleaner or mop to follow it up. Begin at the furthermost corner from your room’s entrance.
If you are using a mop, make sure you use a bucket. You do not want your clean sink to get contaminated. After that, pour out the filthy water in the toilet or outdoors.
11. Take Out The Garbage.
If the garbage is full, or its garbage day, you should take out the garbage so that it is collected.
How Often Should You Clean Your Kitchen?
You can schedule cleaning your kitchen on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
- Daily: Sweeping the floor, scrubbing the sinks and wipe countertops.
- Weekly: Scrub the hob, clean the floor, clean out the refrigerator and polish the sink.
- Monthly: Complete fridge clean up, wipe cabinets and clean the oven.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips
You can use these techniques to make the work easier:
Make sure that after each wash you use warm soapy water to clean the kitchen sink and tap.
Finished washing the dishes? Then drain the water from the sink immediately. Wipe the tap free of food particles and bacteria using an all-purpose cleaner.
Rags and sponges harbor hazardous bacteria, so just rinsing them may not work. To clean them up thoroughly, grab a wet sponge and place it in the microwave for 2 minutes. You can boil the rag and sponge for a few minutes as well.
Dip a toothbrush in vinegar or bleach and use it for scrubbing away bacterial and mold build-up in the sponge holders.
Teach your loved ones how to clean and rinse their own plates after eating. This easy act does not use lots of time; however, it will help make the dishwashing work a breeze.
Allowing your kids to help with the cleaning will help a lot, but this is not made for everyday cleanup. It will be a quick fix when unexpected guests are coming.
Also, having the kids help will not substitute for the unavoidable need to deep clean regularly.
You should run a sink of hot, soapy water before cooking starts. As things like knives, cutting board, and mixing bowls get soiled, clean them out quickly to help in preventing food from drying and sticking.
The bigger your home, the longer the cleanup will take.
However, with help at hand; more people creating clutter will mean more people for washing them up.
Make kitchen cleanup after dinner an affair for the entire household. Dividing the chores between your loved ones will help have your kitchen done very fast.
Once you have known how to clean up your kitchen and approach it in an organized way, the job gets much simpler.
You should get every family member involved with cleaning the kitchen and you will get things done efficiently and faster.