A kitchen is considered by many as being the heart of the home. It is the place where meals are prepared and usually eaten and for these reasons it is important that it remains clean and hygienic. A kitchen needs to be kept clean in order to prevent and eliminate food-born diseases and it needs to look good and smell good at all times.
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Gather your cleaning materials together and keep them within easy reach, as this will make your job easier and faster. Wear gloves to protect yourself against harsh chemicals. If you prefer there are many websites which offer recipes for home cleaning remedies which are able to protect the environment while saving money.
Prioritize which areas should be cleaned first. Generally these areas are the dirtiest. Once they have been attended to you are able to work on those other areas that require only a quick dusting or a wipe.
Starting from the top of the kitchen work down towards the floor. Dust high places first including light fixtures, on top of the refrigerator and on top of the kitchen cabinets. Next using a wet cloth and cleaning solution remove any accumulated grime from ornaments, handles, books and the like.
Move onto the sink next, rinsing it first in order to clear away any debris. Spray with a cleaning solution and leave to work for about 5 minutes. Scrub if necessary and rinse thoroughly with warm water. While the sink is 'soaking' move your attention to something else.
Tackling the microwave and stove requires a little more time and a little more energy. In order to ensure that your microwave is cleaned safely remove the glass plate and scrub the inside. Cleaning solutions for use inside microwaves need careful attention however, and any harsh chemicals should be avoided.
Remove the burners from your stove if possible and soak them in a cleaning solution along with any knobs. Using a gentle cleaner scrub the stove top, afterward using a clean wet cloth wipe off any residual cleaner. Clean, rinse and dry burners before replacing them.
Attend to small appliances next as well as the refrigerator. Perhaps because items within a refrigerator are kept out of site it is one item in a kitchen that is often left unattended. However it is necessary for the sake of good health that it is cleaned at least once a week. Old and expired foods should be eliminated and shelves should be washed down with a warm soapy solution. This will keep your refrigerator looking clean, smelling good, and clear of many germs.
Small kitchen appliances are often not easy to clean after use. One in particular is the food blender or processor. Cleaning entails removing the attachable parts and leaving them to soak in hot soapy water for a few minutes. Thereafter a gentle scrub will pry loose any food particles and leave your appliances looking clean and hygienic. If possible store small appliances behind doors in order to cut down on dust and grime.
The next items to be attended to are kitchen counters and kitchen cabinet doors. Using a wet cloth and cleaning solution is all it takes to remove grime, grease and dust. Finally the kitchen floor should be attended to. Vacuum any grit and dust and then mop in order to remove any grime or stains.
An important kitchen cleaning tip is: in your kitchen attend to spills and messes immediately. Prevention is the first step in keeping your kitchen clean and tidy. House cleaning does not have to be an unpleasant task; attending to cleaning on a daily basis will cut down on time and energy. Cleaning a kitchen does however need to be precise, thorough and consistent.
Do not let dishes pile up, or stay dirty in the sink. It's best to get into the habit of doing dishes after you eat. Before tackling dishes ensure that the sink is clean and once you have soaped and scrubbed ensure that you rinse them thoroughly. Employ an automated system when washing dishes; fill one section of the sink with hot soapy water and the other leave empty. Place clean soapy dishes in the empty sink for rinsing. When rinsed place dishes on the drainer to dry or using a clean dish towel dry immediately and put away.
Keep kitchen counters clean and clutter free. This will not only provide a sanitary work environment, but will also provide you more workspace. Wipe spills off floors, counter tops, stoves and appliances as they happen.