WRITTEN BY ANDREA DAVISPOSTED
Your kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home. That’s why it’s important to maintain a sanitary space always. If you have a dirty and unkempt space, there’s a chance you could be injured or miss something at a critical moment. Here are seven hassle-free ways to keep your kitchen clean.
Clean your dishwasher
Remove the dishwasher racks each month and give them a clean. Empty out the debris filter as well. A mixture of baking soda and white vinegar is an ideal cleaning solution. If you don’t have a dishwasher, consider calling a pro for an installation estimate.
Freshen up your garbage disposal
Your garbage disposal needs cleaning every few days. Pour a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda or lemon juice and carbonated water into your disposal and let the mixture sit for several minutes. Rinse your disposal with cold water and let it run for several minutes. You can also freeze lemon slices in an ice tray to create individual freshening cubes. Drop a cube into your disposal once a week and run your disposal for several minutes.
Refresh your walls
Your kitchen walls see their fair share of grease accumulation and food splatters. Include vacuuming and scrubbing in your kitchen-cleaning routine to eliminate unsightly wall buildup.
Wipe down the areas behind the stove with a damp cloth — especially after cooking. If a stain is particularly tough, mix baking soda and water into a paste and wipe down the area. You can also replace painted walls with easy-to-clean tiles. This will not only spruce up your kitchen’s design, but also save a considerable amount of time over the long run.
Wash your windows
A blurry window can ruin a good view. That’s why it’s important to have your windows cleaned once a month. Warm water and mild soap are usually enough to remove any grime. Be sure that your countertops and floors are protected against any dripping water. You can also use a dry towel or squeegee to soak up the remaining moisture.
Keep cleaning wipes close
Easy-access wipes help slow bacteria growth and eliminate messes. Always keep wipes close to food prep areas. You can use spray bottles or hard chemicals depending on the mess. If you use chemicals on places where you prepare food, make sure you wash it off. Otherwise your food might taste a bit weird the next time.
Eliminate stained flooring and grout
Spills require more than vacuuming. A scrubber and soapy water are usually enough to remove most spills or stains. You can clean dirty grout by spreading a baking soda-water mixture onto the stained areas and spraying the solution with white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for several minutes and then scrub with an old toothbrush.
Manage your cooking time
Combining cleaning and cooking is a great way to stay ahead of post-meal clean up. Put used utensils into the dishwasher and give your prep areas a wipe down while your meal is cooking. Keeping everything organized while you cook leads to less time by the sink and dishwasher afterwards. It also means your cooking supplies will be clean and ready the next time you need them.
Sometimes just saving a few minutes cleaning every day can make all the difference in the world. You can take the extra time to enjoy a relaxing beverage instead of worrying about the mess waiting for you.