As it’s named the heart and soul of your home, the kitchen requires constant cleaning attention. There’s no other way around it, as that is where you prepare your meals and thus the general hygiene demands are higher.
However, even when you wish the best for your kitchen, you can make some mistakes that are a setback to your best intentions for this room. It is essential to recognise these and attempt to stop them the next time you get to cleaning:
You skip cleaning knobs and handles – it’s just normal to concentrate your attention on kitchen surfaces as these take the most of the space in the room. However, you must not forget to wipe all handles and knobs. Since these are areas you often touch without washing your hands, it’s necessary to clean and disinfect them properly. Wipe them with an antibacterial solution to limit the transfer of bacteria. Do not forget about microwave buttons and small appliance handles.
You’re struggling with jars and bottles – cleaning a variety of bottles and jars could be a real pain when all you’ve is a sponge. However, there is an easy way to tackle the job with rice. Put a little bit of rice at the bottle/jar, add some washing up liquid and fill with warm water. Set the lid and shake it well. Rice serves as an abrasive, getting to all the places your sponge fails to.
You skip cleaning the stove hood -‘out of sight, out of mind’ applies in full force when it comes to cleaning the oven hood. Bear in mind that this thing sucks up the excess grease from the cooking vapours. Over time it will become clogged. Check with your manufacturer on how to best address this item.
You don’t clean chopping boards – wooden boards quickly become a host to countless germs and bacteria. Simple washing won’t do, as food residue tends to seep into the wood grain and thus contribute to bacteria growth. You can use salt over the plank and sanitise them by rubbing half a lemon.
You do not wear gloves – using various chemicals around the kitchen, whether it be for cleaning the room or washing the dishes takes a toll on your hands. Avoid skin problems by simply wearing gloves. It takes but a second to overlook them. You can use multi-use gloves, so you don’t need to be worried about constant expenses.
You overload the dishwasher – do not think that overloading the dishwasher is a smart thing to do, even though it feels like it’s saving you some time. That way dishes won’t come out as clean as you would like them. Alternate placing spoons with handles up and down for cleaning.
You use one sponge for all tasks – germs from surfaces tend to cling onto the sponge you use to wash. That’s the reason you need to keep several sponges around to avoid cross-contamination.
Now you understand how to address the cleanliness of your kitchen get to it. Preventing the outlined mistakes will make the task easier for you.