Surprisingly, the kitchen is often one of the dirtiest places in your home. It’s important to try and keep it as clean as possible though because it’s also where you prepare and eat food.
Below we have outlined some of our top tips to help you keep your kitchen squeaky clean:
- “Zap the sponge” Put wet kitchen sponge in microwave for 2 minutes (every 2-3 days) to kill any germs or microbes. Just be careful when you take it out – it will be very hot!
- Clean handles of refrigerator, faucets cabinets regularly to stop the spread of germs from your hands around the kitchen.
- Sanitize the cutting board after each use – especially when cutting raw meat.
- Thoroughly wipe down the entire counter space with a cleaning solution and paper towel once each week. It’s amazing how many crumbs and other miscellaneous things can accumulate on the countertops.
- Take a good look at the leftover food in your refrigerator and toss anything that is expired. Old food is a breeding ground for mold and other foreign germs in the kitchen.
- What does everyone touch just before they sit down to eat? Their chairs! Do a quick once over of the chairs with a disinfectant wipe once a week to keep everyone’s hands clean.
- Food splatters and spills in the microwave can be a breeding ground for germs. Microwave a bowl of equal parts white vinegar and water for 5 minutes and let sit for an additional 3 with the door shut. Then all of the grime will easily wipe away.
- Cleaning the floors is a no-brainer, but don’t forget about the baseboards! Dust and food splatters can build up on the baseboards and in the corners.
- Hand towels used in food prep should be washed every other day to prevent the spread of germs and immediately after any food prep involving raw meat.
- Every good kitchen contains olive oil and those with open top pourers can be a great spot for dust and other particles to accumulate. Wipe the mouth with a damp paper towel to remove excess oil and any built-up grime.
- Dishwashers wash themselves, right? Wrong! Over time dishwashers build up calcium and soap residue that can cling to your dishes and cookware. Use a mild cleaning solution and soft scrubber to remove any build up.
We hope you enjoyed these quick tips on how to keep your kitchen sparkling. Do you have any other tips you’d like to share on how you keep your kitchen clean? Share them in the comments below!