Don’t all of us love a clean and tidy kitchen? But, the amount of effort and time taken to achieve this clean and tidy kitchen? Not so much.
If you consider your kitchen design, there are different parts to it: there’s the kitchen counter, cutlery, cabinets, dishes, and so on. In short, cleaning your kitchen is quite an elaborate task.
“Another thing to add to my chores list?” – If this is what you’re thinking, sadly yes. It’s important to clean your kitchen to protect your family and yourself from potential diseases. However, we are asking you to be smart about it.
There are a few spots that need to be cleaned daily in a kitchen. If you are particular enough to do this, not only will you be able to give your kitchen a tidy appearance, but you will also save a lot of time without any compromise on hygiene. Read on as we tell you more about these spots below.
If you are under the impression that your kitchen sink is clean just because you have cleaned your dishes, we got news – the bad kind – for you.
In reality, the task is far from over.
Researchers have found out that a kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest places in your kitchen – actually in your home. Whenever you do the dishes, you leave a layer of bacteria and sticky grease to the walls of the sink. This, in turn, creates a demand for you to clean it pronto.
But don’t you worry; cleaning your kitchen sink is actually easy. For this purpose, you need to buy a good-quality eraser-type sponge to give it a good scrubbing with either vinegar or disinfectant. A good tip would be to use hot water to loosen the grime layer against the walls and then proceed to clean, as it will help you save time.
Your stovetop and kitchen counter face the maximum brunt whenever you cook. This is why cleaning the exterior surfaces of your kitchen is something you need to add to your to-do list.
Whether you are making your breakfast or cooking dinner, there might be splatters or spills that attract bacteria and bugs in your home. Also, if you quickly clean spills, scattered crumbs, or any dirt, you won’t have to slave away the next day to clean them. If left overnight, the spilled layer can harden making it difficult to remove it with one swipe.
You can leave the thorough cleaning of your kitchen counter and stuff top once a week, but a basic swipe cannot be avoided. Plus, it is also better to start with a clean kitchen instead of one that looks greasy. This way you will have more motivation to cook.
In this case, you don’t need to clean the entire floor or cabinet. What we are suggesting is spot cleaning.
Whenever you use the kitchen, you are bound to cause spillage of various kinds. You do hence, need to be vigilant in cleaning them as soon as it takes place. Otherwise, the cleaning task will only become more difficult for you in the end.
Whenever you see a stain or spill, get to spot cleaning it with your disinfectant as soon as you can. In fact, in addition to the floors and kitchen cabinets, there might be certain appliances that could benefit from some spot clean treatment as well. This includes your fridge, water filter pitcher, dishwasher, rugs, dining table, and other surfaces as needed. Take a quick look at your kitchen to figure out things that need cleaning.
While your kitchen sponge isn’t necessarily a “spot“, it is most certainly something you should be cleaning every single day.
The fact that almost everything you clean in your kitchen is done using sponges or washcloths already highlights the importance of washing it. After all, it doesn’t make any sense to use a dirty sponge and washcloth to clean something.
To clean your sponge or wash clothes easily, you can either soak it in bleach or vinegar, give it a good wash using a gentle detergent or simply place it in your dishwasher. A new technique has recently emerged where you only need to zap your sponge in the microwave for a quick cleaning as well. Trust us, it works!
Although there are people suggest that sponge cleaning can be considered as ‘a once a week task’, it is recommended that you be more vigilant and clean it on a daily basis.
So, there you go! These are the four spots that could do well with some good ol’ cleaning every day. The other thing that we would also like to discuss is doing your dishes. We know that cleaning your dishes after making your meal can be a task that nobody enjoys. This is also why letting dirty dishes pile up in the sink is quite a common sight.
In addition to being not aesthetically pleasing, the dishes can also become a hotspot for bacteria growth, bad odor, and a point of pest attraction. Hence, instead of leaving them overnight in the sink, load the dishes in the dishwasher, skipping the kitchen sink, and clean them pronto. Try to instill this habit in your family as well, since it’s essential for them to know the importance of a spotless kitchen.
If you are successful in achieving the above, you will always enjoy a clean and sparkling kitchen all day long which is of course, important for hygiene reasons. The only key to achieving this? Immediate and swift action.