The kitchen tends to get the messiest, faster than any other room in the house.
The fight against grease, food splatter, and dirty dishes is a never-ending battle. As our daily lives get busier, many people wonder if maintaining a spotless kitchen without spending too much time cleaning is possible.
Well, to help, we have some tips and tricks you might find helpful - so, take look!
Do Not Put Off Cleaning Your Kitchen
Keeping our kitchen tidy and clean allows for easy meal preparation with minimal health risks.
Cleaning up the mess as soon as you make it is the best way to maintain your kitchen spotless. This way you’ll keep the mess to a minimum and make your home more welcoming.
For example, you can wash some of the dishes you used to make a meal while the meal is cooking. Use a bowl or a plastic/paper bag to throw away peelings and scraps while preparing the meal. Wash the rest of the dishes after you finish eating, then wipe the sink and the countertops. Also, take your trash out daily and deodorize your garbage disposal to keep it clean and smelling fresh at all times.
Maintaining a Spotless Kitchen Sink
Maintaining a spotless sink is vital to having a clean kitchen. Don’t forget to empty your sink and wash the dishes every evening. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight will make them harder to wash and cause unpleasant odors. Once you get into the habit of washing the dishes after every meal, you’ll notice the difference and realize why this is important.
There are many store-bought cleaning sprays and antibacterial wipes that will make your sink shine like new. Or you can simply squeeze a few drops of detergent into the empty sink, give it a scrub, and rinse with warm water. If you prefer DIY solutions, use a water-vinegar mix or baking soda. Just sprinkle the sink, give it a gentle scrub, and rinse.
Chrome faucets tend to discolor over time which makes it harder to remove stains. A tarnish remover you can find at the grocery store will do the job. Alternatively, use ketchup (yes, ketchup) and an old toothbrush to gently wipe away the tarnish. Then, wipe down the faucet with a wet, warm cloth.
Cleaning the Fridge and Eliminating Odors
The easiest way to avoid frequent repairs and replacements and ensure your kitchen appliances last longer is following proper cleaning and maintenance procedures.
Many types of food have a strong scent, especially when kept longer in the fridge. When different smells combine, you get a stench that’s hard to get rid of. You don’t have to scrub your refrigerator every day, but doing it every once in a while is necessary.
First, take everything out and throw away outdated foods. Then, wash the inside and outside of the fridge with white vinegar and water (50:50). Pull the shelves out and wipe them. Don’t forget the freezer compartment either. Remember to wipe down the doors, handles, and sides of the fridge, too.
After you finish cleaning, put a smaller amount of baking soda inside to prevent unpleasant odors. To make sure your fridge stays clean as long as possible, wash your hands every time before you open it.
Making Your Microwave Easy to Clean
To clean your microwave more easily and keep it sparkly, get a few paper towels, put a few drops of essential oil on them and soak them in hot water. Wring the paper towels gently and leave them in the microwave for 3-5 minutes. The hot water will help loosen the grime that is stuck in there and the essential oil will give the microwave a great smell.
In the end, simply wipe down the microwave with the towels.
Cleaning and De-cluttering Cupboards and Drawers
Your kitchen cupboards and drawers are probably full of items you rarely or never use, which means they are probably dusty. Empty your cupboards and drawers and wipe each item individually. Take this opportunity to throw away everything that’s broken or outdated and donate every item you have not used in ages to maximize space.
Use a microfiber cloth to clean the cupboards and drawers both inside and outside. To eliminate stubborn stains, sprinkle baking soda over them and scrub with a sponge. Once your cupboards and drawers are dry again, put everything back starting from the items you use less frequently. We suggest doing the same with all the drawers and cabinets in your apartment to keep your apartment clean and clutter-free.
Making Your Pots and Pans Sparkle
When the bottom of pots and pans gets scorched, it becomes very hard to clean. Instead of leaving burn marks on the bottom, clean it immediately with a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste. First, mix a tablespoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of peroxide, then spread the paste around the pan and scrub the burned spots using a sponge or rag.
Speaking of sponges, remember to throw them away and replace them with new ones regularly because they trap a lot of bacteria.
Keeping the Kitchen Floor Clean
A clean, shiny floor will bring new life into your kitchen. Vacuuming or sweeping and mopping your kitchen floor every day is important if you plan on maintaining a spotless kitchen.
What kind of cleaning solution works best depends on your floor type. Add a cup of baking soda to your mop water to eliminate grease and grime from tiles. To give your kitchen a fresh smell, add a few drops of essential oil to the cleaning solution. Use a towel to soak up excess moisture and make sure the floor is completely dry before you step on it.