How to Clean Your Kitchen
Cleaning the kitchen is an important role that has to be undertaken before cooking. Nobody enjoys cooking favourite daily dishes whilst being overpowered by thousands of bacteria in the air and on surfaces. Overall, it can certainly cause disease and food poisoning. So always be safe than sorry and get rid of the microscopic intruders!
Below is a list of ideas provided by me to ensure you keep a shiny, cleaned kitchen smelling beautiful. Make sure it becomes a daily or weekly job so you don’t end up lazy. It can also assist you by saving money and time.
1) General kitchen tips!
•Keep a place for everything. Using appliances and utensils can make it easier. Keep similar items in or near the same drawers to save you time. Family members might end up placing the items in wrong places, let them know that you have organised everything neatly and items are given a special home. However, every item doesn’t get to the right place all the time so you need to spend a few minutes placing the items correctly and avoiding too much clutter. Try making more room for the items that don’t know where they belong.
•Always work to refresh a kitchen to normal at the end of the day. If you have dirty dishes undone, run them in the dishwasher overnight so they can be ready for use in the early hours of the morning.
•Using a sponge to clean kitchen surfaces can be very unhygienic and will cause cross-contamination. Some people might not be able to afford dishwashers and may prefer cleaning their dishes and glasses with sponges because it’s cheaper. Once a sponge is used, it will always hold germs. Paper towels are a better and cleaner alternative and only require you to wipe your kitchen surfaces once and disposed off immediately.
2) How to clean the oven!
The oven can get very dirty and greasy. To make the oven as clean as it was new, I suggest you use the product ‘Oven Pride’. It will cost near £10 including a sealable bag and a pair of rubber gloves. It is very easy to clean with and won’t require too much effort. You place your oven rails inside the sealable bag and add a glug of Oven Pride. Seal the bag and work your way around the rails and shelves and allow the substance to work for a good few hours. To clean the main oven, apply the substance on the walls with a nylon brush. This can avoid absorbing too much of the liquid and make it less expensive. Once applied, wait a couple of hours and rinse out the oven with a clean sponge. You will be surprised by the spotless results. I would recommend this product to anyone!
3) How to clean the microwave!
Food can splatter everywhere whilst warming inside the microwave. But thankfully, cleaning a microwave isn’t rocket science. In fact, it is quite easy once you know how to do the job.
Fill a microwave-safe glass or bowl with a tablespoon of white vinegar and half filled with water. Place inside the microwave and turn it on for 5 minutes. What this does is help steam up the inside and loosens all the dried food on the walls. After 5 minutes is over, remove the glass container and wipe down the walls with a clean paper towel. The cleaning job should be very easy without having to scrub any harder. Thus, your microwave is shining bright and clean. You may want to use a little soap to add a brighter shine.
Using a lemon:
Cut a lemon in half and place them down onto the microwave plate with a tablespoon of water. Heat for 1 minute and the lemon will turn hot and fill the inside with steam. Wipe the walls with a paper towel and rinse out the plate. If you wish, you can also use methods like this to refresh the smell of your dustbin. Just heat the lemons like they are mentioned above and throw them into your garbage disposals for a few days.
4) How to clean the kitchen drains and pipes!
Kitchen drains and pipes can get clogged up very badly causing a disgusting and horrendous smell. These can attract flies and other household pests. Fortunately, you can keep your drains odour free by following a few easy steps.
You will need:
• Lemon juices
• Baking soda
• Drain cleaners
• Rock salt
• Measuring cups
Run hot water through the drain. This helps remove any odours. Put down a tablespoon of baking soda into the kitchen drain and pour a quarter cup of vinegar or lemon juice and allow it to do its job for 30 minutes. Then run the hot water again for a complete rinse to wash away any build-ups of dirt and odour.
5) How to make your own cleaning solution!
•To create your own cleaning solution, mix a third of vinegar and a quarter if rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Fill it up with water and use.
•Coffee stains can be easily wiped off by using a mixture of baking soda and water.
•Ivory soap mixed with water can be an excellent cleaning product. It is suitable for use with a spray bottle but just make sure you’re not spraying too much or it can turn very foamy.
•A quarter cup of baking soda should be dissolved in water for general cleaning use.
6) How to prevent future mess in the kitchen!
•Children can sometimes cause a mess in the kitchen which leads you having to clean up the mess and waste more time. Always tidy every mess when it occurs before it all ends up piling into a major cleaning session.
•Tidy any utensils and appliances that you might not be using for a while and keep them organised in a clean cupboard space.
•Work your way through the dishes and utensils as you use them. Fill the sink with soapy water and place the items in there. This helps prevent any food from becoming dry and attaching itself on the utensils, making cleaning an easier job.
•Once every two weeks or so, take away everything from the refrigerator and wipe the walls and shelves with soapy water then replace your food items back into their positions.
Overall, cleaning the kitchen isn’t hard work. All you require is effort and determination and you will soon have a beautiful odourless kitchen with an excitement for cooking.
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