5 Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Spic and Span

Every day, your kitchen goes through a ton of food prep and dirty dishes, leaving behind a trail of mess that can be challenging to clean thoroughly.

It’s important to keep your kitchen spotless, considering that it’s a hotbed of microbes and microorganisms. Indeed, Digital Journal points out that microbes such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Bacillus are concentrated in different parts of the kitchen, highlighting the need to regularly sanitize and clean your kitchen to keep your food — and your family — safe. With that being said, we’ve listed below 5 cleaning ideas to help you keep your kitchen sparkling and germ-free.

Hygienic Kitchen

Hygienic Kitchen

Harness the Power of Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

On its own, baking soda can do a great deal of cleaning in the kitchen. In our post ‘What is the Best Cleaner for Stainless Steel Appliances?’, Ashton Max points out how you can revive stainless steel objects, remove leftover streaks, and get rid of old spots just by using baking soda. However, you can enhance the cleaning potential of baking soda by mixing it with hydrogen peroxide. For instance, you can use this mixture to bring your battered baking sheets to life. Simply sprinkle your baking sheets with baking soda and spritz hydrogen peroxide over it. You can also use this mixture to whiten the grout on your kitchen tiles.

Keep Your Garbage Disposal Fresh

To avoid foul odors and keep your kitchen drains clear, you have to regularly clean your garbage disposal. An easy hack to clean your sink disposal is using lemon ice cubes. Simply freeze an ice cube tray with lemon wedges, water, and rock salt. When you start smelling bad odors in your kitchen, pop a lemon cube down the drain and run your garbage disposal until the ice is thoroughly crushed. This works because the rock salt acts as a scrub and cleans your disposal’s blades, while the lemon helps freshen up your sink.

Pay Close Attention to Your Sink

The germs and bacteria from handling fresh meat or dirty leftovers often build up in your kitchen sink. This is why experts advise that you use a strong solution to exterminate any microbes on the surface of your kitchen sink. You can make a potent DIY cleaning solution by mixing ½ cup of bleach with a gallon of water. Insider advises that you let this solution sit for at least 10 minutes before using your sink so it has enough time to kill all the microbes.

And in order to prevent any unwanted smells, HomeServe recommends placing a screen over your sink’s plughole to keep food from entering your pipes. It also helps to pour leftover hot water into your drain whenever you boil a kettle, and to pour baking soda into it about once a week. Your faucets and handles are a part of your kitchen sink too, so be sure to use a sponge or a brush to remove any build-up on your kitchen fixtures.

Give Your Appliances Some TLC

Your appliances are very much a part of your kitchen and you should be able to give them the proper care. For one, blenders from Vitamix and Cuisinart don’t come cheap, so it’s crucial that you clean them immediately after use to extend their life. Thankfully, you can clean your blender without fully taking it apart. Simply pour some hot water, a bit of dishwashing soap, and a drop of vinegar into your blender and then turn it on. This mixture is enough to rid your blender of any food residue that might be left in it after use.

For other appliances like juicers and coffee makers, you have no choice but to take them apart. Be sure to use a soft brush and warm water to thoroughly clean the filters and keep these appliances as good as new.

Deep Clean Your Range Hood Filter

Most people forget how dirty their range hood can get. Over time, grease builds up on your range hood ⁠— making it easy for dust to latch onto it and create a thick, disgusting layer. While it can be effective, using water and soap to clean your range hood can take you a while as the solution doesn’t fully dissolve the grime. A good way to clean your range hood is by adding a few drops of vegetable oil to a paper towel and use it to wipe the surface down. Since the grime is made up of grease and dust, an oil-based kitchen cleaner is more effective at lifting all that from your range hood.

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