When it’s time to prepare a meal, having a clean and sparkling kitchen makes the process more enjoyable. Germs and bacteria often harbour in the kitchen area but can be easily controlled by following a few basic tips for kitchen cleanliness.
Tips for General Kitchen Care:
Keep things organised: Store utensils, recipe books and containers in the cupboard instead of on the countertop to simplify the cleaning process.
Replace sponges and dishcloths regularly: Damp sponges and cloths carry germs and can quickly spread bacteria.
Use the proper cleaning solution for the job: Mixing chemicals such as bleach and ammonia can be toxic. Match the cleanser to the job to avoid damaging appliances or kitchen surfaces.
Tips for Cleaning Kitchen Appliances:
Wipe fingerprints with mild soapy water: Regular cleaning helps preserve the appearance of kitchen appliances.
Use a soft rag to prevent scratching: Newer appliances such as stainless steel refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens often require a little extra care to keep them looking fresh and new.
Scrub the inside of the fridge: Remove any spoiled food immediately and sanitise the shelves with a mild cleanser. Place a box of baking soda in the fridge to prevent odours.
Sanitise the microwave: A solution of vinegar and water placed in a glass cup for 2 minutes on High softens any material which can then be wiped clean with a damp paper towel.
Purify the coffee maker: Fill the reservoir with half water and vinegar for one cycle.
Apply a polish designed to safely clean metal surfaces: Stainless steel appliances shine after being polished but use only approved cleaning products.
Tips for Caring for Countertops and Sinks:
Wipe stains when they occur: Don’t let coffee or wine stains sit, especially in a porcelain sink or on a tile countertop. Use a non-abrasive cleanser that contains bleach to remove stains on porcelain or tile surfaces. Wash countertops after every meal: Wipe countertops with mild soapy water after cleaning the dishes and dry with a clean towel.
Keep the rubbish disposal clean: Place a small piece of lemon in the disposal and run the device using plenty of warm water.
The normal daily activities in a kitchen require a light cleaning after each meal but a more thorough cleaning helps eliminate bacteria and germs. A thorough cleaning of all countertop surfaces, appliances and floors should be performed at least every month and preferably during alternating weeks.