Spring is almost over but there is time to get the kitchen some love before summer rolls in.
Here are a few tips to get the job done:
1. Circle Your Way Around: Always begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room. The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending with it keeps you from spreading dirt and grease. (First, soak drip pans and knobs in warm soapy water. By the time you’ve worked your way around, they’ll be easier to clean.)
2. Sanitize the Sink: It’s hard to believe, but your dirty kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. To disinfect, clean your sink with soap and water first, then spray a mist of vinegar followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide, and let air-dry. (Don’t mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together—spray one after the other.) If your sink is stainless steel, make it sparkle afterward by putting a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and buffing. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean longer.
3. Love Your Oven: Keep the heart of your kitchen clean by lining the bottom with a nonstick ovenliner or aluminum foil to catch spills. The ovenliner can be wiped with a paper towel and the foil can be easily thrown away. Wipe up spills immediately!
4. Disinfect the garbage can: To get rid of odors, drop in a cut-up lemon.
5. Clean as You Go to keep the kitchen clean: Filling your sink with hot soapy water as you start dinner and place used dishes and pans in the filled sink so they’ll be soaking while you eat. Also, wipe up any spills immediately—don’t give sauces, oils or spices a chance to sit around.
6. Zap the Sponge: We all know that sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it’s shredded and smelly, replace it.
Share your tips for easy cleaning of the kitchen with us!