Cleaning just happens to be a very arduous task. However, cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and living room can be a lot more difficult because these areas are often the most used. Sanitation and hygiene is essential to keep healthy and fit. Most of us have heard from our elders that most illnesses and diseases spread from dirty kitchens. So, here are some easy steps to help you clean your kitchen:
Cleaning Up The Kitchen
Read for the steps to clean your kitchen, your refrigerators, stovetops, glassware, oven racks and kitchen exhaust.
- Wipe out spills over the kitchen tiles as early as possible. Use soft detergent for this purpose.
- The light fixtures in the kitchen acquire more dust, dirt and grime than the ones in other rooms. Use a wet scrubber to clean the grease on the lights of your kitchen.
- Cleaning Refrigerators: The enamel-coated surface of your refrigerator is easy to clean with an all-purpose cleaner. Use a soft cloth or a sponge to remove tough or adamant stains. Avoid using strong cleansers. The humid top surface of your refrigerator has to be cleaned with a liquid dish washing cleaner. To clean the racks of your refrigerator, again use a mild cleanser with a sponge.
- Cleaning Stovetops: Dismantle the stove before cleaning it and keep the top parts and the rings aside. Use a dishwasher to wash the body of the stove and use a soft cloth to wipe the stove for a spotless effect. Soak the rings in a detergent solution for some time and rub it with a mesh made of plastic, then wash away the dirt by holding the stove parts in running water. Dry for some time before using.
- Glassware cleaning: Use lukewarm water to clean the glassware and let it dry normally.
- Oven racks cleaning: Cover your oven racks and soak them overnight in ammonia. The next morning, wash with dish soap.
- Cleaning kitchen exhaust: To clean dirt that is stubborn and tough, apply a mixture of baking soda and water on it and let it soak for about a couple of hours. Now, clean with white vinegar.
Sometimes, the usual cleaning detergents, powders or soaps may not work. In such cases, you can try making your own cleaning solutions:
- To make a window washing solution, mix 1/3 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. Use a 1 quart spray bottle for this purpose. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water.
- In order to clean chrome, use dry baking soda.
- To clean porcelain, make a paste by mixing tartar and water.
- To clean coffee stains, make a paste of baking soda and water.
- To clean copper, you can use a cut lemon sprinkled with salt.
- In order to make one of the best all-purpose cleaners, mix plain liquid ivory soap with water. You can store this solution in a spray bottle. Remember to use only a bit of soap, or else the mixture might become too foamy which will make it difficult to use.
- You can make another good cleaner by dissolving 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water.
They say prevention is better than cure. The same mantra goes for cleaning your kitchen as well. Execute the following suggestions in order to keep grime away from from your kitchen:
- In case you spill something, make sure you clean it up immediately. This will prevent it from drying and making the whole process of cleaning really difficult.
- Have you realizes that you don't use all the utensils in your kitchen? Generally, only 20% of kitchen utensils are used 80% of the time. So, you better make sure you regularly clean any tool or appliance which doesn't get used during a week of cooking. This will help save counter and cupboard space, and cleaning time too.
- Barbeques and kebabs are immensely tasty. But don't forget to clean the grills after each use. You should also oil the grill rack before each use. This will make your cleaning-up session easier.
- You must always ensure that dirty utensils don't dry up. So, fill one half of a double sink or a separate waterproof tub with hot soapy water. Drop utensils inside it.
- Remove all foods from your refrigerator once every week. Clean all shelves and trays with warm soapy water. Then, replace the food. Also check for expiration dates in the process and get rid of those that are stale. In the back of the fridge, place an open box of baking soda.
- Remove all foods from your pantry once in a month. Use a clean damp cloth and wipe the entire pantry. In the process, check for spoilage and expiration dates. Then, you can replace the items in their respective places.
Cleaning the kitchen can really get on your nerves, if you don't clear the clutter away immediately that is. The key is to use clever techniques to get rid of the grunge and grime; after having read all of the above, you now can consider yourself an expert at cleaning kitchens.