Cleaning your kitchen is always a tedious house chore. It’s complicated and time-consuming! But, of course, you can’t skip this step because the kitchen is closely related to the health of everyone in your family.
Are there any cleaning tricks for keeping your kitchen spotless without spending too much time? Well, here they are:
Make A To-Do List And Maintain It Regularly
Establishing a scientific kitchen-cleaning habit and maintaining it is the most effective solution to keep your kitchen like new.
Another big advantage of this good habit is that you will never fall into a state of stress, helplessness, or boredom when it’s time to clean your kitchen.
Here is an idea on how to make a to-do list on cleaning the kitchen:
- Wash all kitchen utensils as well as bowls, plates, pots, and pans after each meal
- Clean dining tables, chairs, counters, preparation areas, and stoves
- Sweep the house and take out the garbage
- Clean up immediately any incident that occurs. For example, food or juice spilled on the floor
- Wipe the cooking surface with a dedicated cleaning solution
- Check the food in the refrigerator and discard spoiled or expired leftovers.
- Wipe switches, light bulbs, electric fans, etc.
- Deep cleaning of the kitchen, especially the food preparation areas
- Wash the trash can
- Clean kitchen cabinets inside out
- Thoroughly clean large and small utensils in your kitchen such as stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, sinks, drain pipes, etc.
- Remove dust from the ceiling and lights
- Wash and dry all types of shelves and baskets in your kitchen
Cleaning Tricks for Keeping Your Kitchen Spotless
For kitchen surfaces that are not too dirty, use a soft cloth and glass cleaner to clean them. With stubborn stains, use a specialized knife to scrape them off, then apply regular detergent to clean.
If your gas stove has a steel or stainless steel surface, use specialized detergents to clean dirty areas, then wipe off using soft, clean cloths. Avoid using metal brushes because the stove surface will be scratched and easily rusted later.
For the burner part, use an old toothbrush or a metal brush to clean it.
Use mold-reducing detergent to clean the inside of your oven. For its exterior, it’s fine to apply regular dishwashing liquid.
Try to clean your oven after each use. Besides, a deep cleaning every week or every month – depending on your frequency of use - is highly recommended.
If you have a dishwasher, the cleaning is worth taking care of.
Outwardly, it might look clean, but there are actually stains in hidden corners that you can hardly see, such as filters, pipes, and pumps. Not to say that its internal components will be covered with grease over time.
To ensure that dishes and other utensils are always clean, it is very important to clean your dishwasher according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Refrigerators & Kitchen Cabinets
These two places store a lot of processed and unprocessed foods and are also very susceptible to the accumulation of bacteria caused by fermented foods. Therefore, you should clean and divide them reasonably for each type of food.
Deeply clean it once a month.
First, take out everything it is storing. Wash the drawers with warm soapy water, then use a dry cloth to wipe the inside of the cabinet.
Remove everything inside.
Use a towel or small brush to dust them off, then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Sort out expired and spoiled foods, and throw them away. Rearrange items in your kitchen cabinets.
Many families have two cutting boards, one for raw food and one for cooked food. However, that still doesn't guarantee that they are 100% clean and odor-free.
Try to apply the following trick: First, wipe your cutting boards with a solution of vinegar mixed with water.
Then, sprinkle some salt on their surfaces, use half of a lemon to rub each side thoroughly. Finally, rinse them under running water.
To keep your frying pans looking like new, pour some vinegar into them and start boiling for 10 minutes.
Now, pour out the vinegar and cool the pan down with cold water. When it is still warm, rub the inside and outside with baking soda one more time, then wipe it again with a soft cloth or sponge.
Cups, Jars, And Pots
To clean the inside of cups, jars, and pots, use crumbs of boiled eggshells, break them into small pieces, and transfer them into these utensils.
Fill them with a blend of warm water and dishwashing liquid, then stir well.
If they have bad smells, apply some toothpaste on an old, clean toothbrush and rub the inside of the glass. Rinse with clean water.
Pour warm water into your blender jar, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Now, close the lid, turn it on, and let it run for about 10 seconds, then rinse with warm water.
The whole process takes no more than 30 seconds, but can completely clean every corner of your blender.
Extra Tips – How To Keep Your Kitchen Smelling Good
Open a box of baking soda and place it in your refrigerator.
If you don’t have this ingredient in your kitchen, use a cup of coffee grounds or sliced fresh lemon instead.
You can try these simple natural, home-made deodorant recipes from ingredients available in your kitchen for time- and money-saving:
- Place a damp sponge with a few drops of vanilla in the trash bin to absorb unpleasant odors
- Boil a pot of water with a few slices of fresh lemon for 15 minutes, then use it to wipe your kitchen. This method effectively keeps your cooking area with a pleasant aroma.
That’s all for this article. Hopefully, these cleaning tricks helped you keep your kitchen spotless more easily and effortlessly. Thanks for reading!