The most important of kitchen cleaning tips is the same one that applies to all house cleaning endeavors – maintenance is so much easier than attacking things when they have gotten out of hand. A few minutes a day is all that is needed to save yourself hours and hours of work overtime.
Clean Kitchen Tips
These kitchen cleaning tips are all about maintenance.
Maintain your floor.
Clean as you go. If something spills, even just a few drops, wipe it up immediately. Otherwise, you walk through it and it goes everywhere. If you have time, vacuuming the kitchen floor once a day will save on the number of times you need to wash it.
Keep your work surfaces clean too by cleaning as you go. If things got out of hand and you have dried on spills, generously cover any spills with hot water, then wait for five minutes before wiping them up – let the water do the work!
Every time you use it, wipe down your stovetop after it has cooled off. If you don’t follow this most basic of kitchen cleaning tips, any spills are going to cook on the next time you use it. This is one place where keeping it clean really pays off.
Once a month do a wipe down of the whole kitchen. This might take about an hour. Spray all surfaces with your favorite cleaner, wait a few minutes, then wipe with a microfiber cleaning cloth. Don’t forget to wipe: all countertops (move all objects and get into the corners), top of cupboards and refrigerator, open shelves, cupboard doors, appliance exterior surfaces – anywhere dust and grease may have accumulated.
Once a week go through all the shelves and drawers in your refrigerator and throw away anything that isn’t fit to eat. Make your menu plan and grocery list right after you do this. That way you remember to use those foods that are about to expire.
Most stove hoods have a metal screen that you can easily remove to replace the filter. Be sure to replace the filter according to the manufacturer’s directions to keep your hood functioning optimally. The metal screen should be washed regularly – maybe once a month. This will keep it from getting a heavy build-up of grease which is hard to get off.
Speaking of grease, what if you haven’t been practicing regular maintenance and have let things get out of hand? Old grease can be really difficult to get rid of. One of the best grease cutters is washing soda and hot water, but you must be careful to protect yourself (gloves and even goggles) if you need to go this route.
If you are using any cleaning products you should install smoke alarm in your home in order to protect from toxic fumes and its early fire detection.
More Kitchen Cleaning Tips
How to Clean a Dishwasher: Lots of people don’t realize that they need to clean their dishwasher to keep it running well. A simple monthly maintenance program will guarantee your appliance a longer life and your dishes will be cleaner as well.
How to Clean a Microwave: A microwave can get really smelly, especially if you have burnt something in it. Get rid of unwanted smells and keep things hygienic with a simple cleaning method.
How to Clean an Oven: I don’t think anyone really likes this chore, but it is easier with the right technique. Even a self-cleaning oven needs a little maintenance to keep it fresh smelling and fully operational.
How to Clean a Refrigerator: Do a weekly wipe down on your fridge and you will avoid ever having to do a huge job on it. Keeping this appliance clean and organized is really just a question of a few minutes a week.
How to Clean a Coffee Maker: Over time, coffee makers can develop a lot of minerals build up and even mold. Cleaning your machine should be part of a regular maintenance routine for your appliances.
How to Get Rid of Ants: Learn an unusual but effective way to get rid of ants from your kitchen and the rest of your home.
How to clean sink overflow: Insert a brush (or pipe cleaner) into the overflow hole of the sink and pull it in and out a few times to remove the dirt. You may need to flush the tool you are using between each use, depending on how much you end up digging out of the overflow. Then use liquid products.