How to Keep Your Kitchen Spick and Span

When it comes to maintaining your home, the kitchen is where it should be cleanest and tidiest. This is where you prepare the food for you and your family, and it needs to be in tip-top shape. When cleaning this part of the house, too many important things are overlooked, and though the place may seem clean, the counters and sink are probably teeming with bacteria and mold. This is why you should take a minute to look over these helpful hints for cleaning.

The Fridge

If you don’t have one of those high tech refrigerators, your fridge is likely to be full of bad odors and nasty substances. To avoid this, check for expired items regularly and throw them out. More importantly, you need to be thoroughly cleaning the fridge every month, because leaky containers, various spills, and exposed food can be dangerous for your health. Wipe down the shelves from top to bottom with a microfiber cloth and some non-toxic disinfectant. Don’t forget the doors!

Counters and Floors

If you have the kind of kitchen tiles that are resistant to mold, cleaning them shouldn’t be much of a problem. Regardless, tidy the counters by removing anything that doesn’t belong. Keep whatever you need in cabinets. In small circular motions, wipe down the countertop with an all-purpose disinfectant once a week if you use it daily. Sweep the floor, making sure to get those crumb-filled corners, and move appliances to get those spots that never get cleaned. Afterward, mop up using a strong cleaning fluid. Don’t put any dirty water or the mop head into the sink.

The Sink

Speaking of which, cleaning this sink is essential, so to do this, fill it up with some hot water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. If anything needs soaking, like a plate holder, put it in the sink, then carry on with the rest of the chores until the end. When you’re done, drain the sink and rinse. Then use a microfiber cloth and a mild disinfectant, buff and wipe the surfaces.

Trashcans

Even if you’re using proper garbage bags in the trashcan, bacteria and fungus can creep onto the lid and interior of these bins, especially if there are leaks in the bag. Regularly give your trashcans a wash when you’ve emptied them.

Stovetops and Appliances

Depending on the appliance, there may be specific procedures for cleaning. The stovetop will be easiest, as you just need to dust off crumbs and particles and then scrub off the grease with dishwashing liquid and water. Wipe down other appliance surfaces similarly, but take care not to reuse the same cloth as grease spreads easily and is hard to remove.

Simply put, if you maintain a strict and thorough cleaning regimen like this, you should have a spick and span kitchen all year round.