Keeping the Kitchen Clean
With the active and outside lifestyle that our lovely city of Brisbane offers, it’s no surprise that growing kids and adults alike spend a lot of their time in the kitchen to fuel their bodies. It can be pretty ironic, though. Places in the home that should be kept the cleanest are also the hardest and most time-consuming to clean. I’m talking about the kitchen and the bathrooms. They’re favourite spots for germs, bacteria, and mould and so should need regular thorough cleaning, or require regular attention from a Brisbane House Cleaning Service such as Maid Easy. For this article however, we’ll be concentrating on the kitchen only. Bathroom cleaning requires a whole other article dedicated to it.
Kitchen hygiene is important to prevent food poisoning. It is important to make sure that the food you and your family eats is safe. Poor hygiene procedures in the kitchen can put you at risk. Harmful germs that cause food poisoning can spread very easily, so you need to make sure that your kitchen space is kept very clean and hygienic.
Cleaning the kitchen, as with every other room in your Brisbane home, should be a daily practice and not a weekly project. This means that there should be daily routines done to make sure that dirt and clutter don’t accumulate. It may take every ounce of willpower you have but just remember that doing these small tasks every day can help make things easier in the long run.
1. Wash as you cook
There are usually a lot of waiting times during cooking. So it’s a good idea to use this time while the soup is simmering or the bread is baking to clean up what you can. It’s amazing how doing this simple kitchen cleaning tip can cut down on the clean up after the meal.
2. Follow an after-meal cleaning routine
Basically, this kitchen cleaning tip is to make sure that after every meal you do a mini clean-up of the kitchen to get it ready for the next time you will need to make food in it again.
This routine can be something similar to this:
1. Do the dishes: Whether you wash by hand or use the machine, get the dishes clean so you aren’t attracting bugs.
2. Clean the sink: Scrub it with soap and water. If it’s scuffed or stained, sprinkle some salt or baking soda on it and scour until it’s clean.
3. Run the garbage disposal: Even if you don’t remember putting stuff down the disposer, it’s a good idea to run it for a good 30 seconds with the hot water running to get rid of any crumbs and grime. This goes a long way toward keeping your kitchen drain from stinking, too.
3. Empty The Dishwasher Quickly After It Is Finished
Nothing causes a backlog of dirty dishes piling up in your sink faster than a dishwasher full of clean dishes that still need to be put away.
This is a great chore for kids to do, or you can do it quickly while you are waiting for other things in the kitchen, like water to boil or something to finish in the microwave.
4. Wipe all surfaces
To effectively clean surfaces in the kitchen you need to remove all visible soiling using detergent and warm water. This is usually all that is necessary.
Surface disinfectants are usually not necessary and only work well on a surface that has already been cleaned.
Sponges should be cleaned frequently, too, either by running them through the dishwasher or microwave. If you use a microwave, first make sure the sponge does not contain any metal, then get the sponge very wet and nuke it for a minute or two; be careful when you remove it, as it will be quite hot.
Has your sponge holder developed mould or bacterial build up? Use a toothbrush dipped in bleach or white vinegar — but never both, as the combination creates a dangerous chemical reaction — to scrub away mould. Follow by washing the sponge caddy with hot, soapy water or run it through the dishwasher.
5. Empty Kitchen Trash
Of all the trash in the house, the kitchen trash is most likely to attract bugs or other pests, and also the most likely to create unpleasant odours.
Therefore, as part of your daily routine make it a habit to take out the kitchen trash in the evening.
6. Sweep The Kitchen Floor
Quick-sweep your kitchen floor after each meal with an angled broom. A speedy sweep will help prevent dirt from scratching your floors. Clean the floor with a sweeping pattern that ends with the dustpan placed next to the rubbish bin for easy disposal. A hand broom will also make sweeping up the dirt pile easier. And when you mop, hand-wipe the perimeter first. Pay attention to the corners where dust loves to hide. Place an old sock over your hand and spritz with cleaner. Run your hand along the floor where it meets the wall and applying as is.
Now this plan is best used for daily – possibly even nightly – cleaning that’s meant to help you maintain the hygiene of your kitchen. If however you’ve been neglecting daily housekeeping duties lately and need a major clean to prepare for routine upkeep, Maid Easy has a wide variety of cleaning services and will be happy to get you started on your new clean lifestyle.