Mini-Series: How Often You Should Clean… Kitchen

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A kitchen can be invested in germs.  However, if you follow these simple steps, you will be living the easy life when it comes to a clean kitchen.  This week in our Mini-Series we will be bringing you tips on how and when to clean different parts of your kitchen.

The sink:

You should clean your sink every day!  Most of us don’t even think about cleaning it, but this is a hot spot for all things bacteria.  The dirty dishes, the raw meats ,veggies ,fruits and anything else you can possibly think of all live in the sink every day.  Try to keep the sink clean as often as possible.

Tips for cleaning your sink:

  • Wash dishes or load them in the dishwasher
  • Keep a dry sink
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • 1 gallon of water per 1 cup of bleach. Let it sit 5 minutes in a plugged drain and then rinse with warm water making sure you have rinsed the entire base of sink.  Let air dry

Countertops:

If your sink is infested with germs just imagine your countertops.  This is the place that you prepare meals, sometimes eat, or worse; sit on top of.  When you think of all the bacteria that can possibly be living on your countertops why aren’t you cleaning them every day?  The crumbs alone should make you wipe them off at least.

Tips for cleaning your countertops:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Micro-fiber cloths
  • Stay away from anything bleach; it will stain most kitchen counter surfaces

*Obviously different countertops have different ways to clean thing, so check with the supplier to see which cleaner is safe for your counter.

Stove/Oven:

The stove is prone to spills.  Pasta boils over; soup can slosh a little too much while stirring; eggs being burnt on as well as sauces.  All in all, it’s a mess.  Ovens have burnt on grease, bits from things that you couldn’t even identify once you realize it’s time to actually clean it.  You should clean your oven every week to every other week.

Tips for cleaning your stove/oven:

  • Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on the surface of the oven or stove. Spray some vinegar on top of it and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.  Lightly scrub with a soft sponge or a cloth and then rinse.  Repeat this as many times as needed
  • For glass and ceramic stove tops you can use a pad like the ones here
  • You can use a Cook-top Cleaner
  • Do not use:
    • Bleach products
    • Flammable cleaners
    • Dish washing cleaners
    • Scrubbing sponges

 

Microwave:

The microwave is one of the greatest inventions of all time, in my personal opinion.  You can heat up things in a fraction of the time and even cook full blown meals.  It’s a tiny little box that can create wonderful things.  Unfortunately, with great power comes great responsibility.  To enjoy the wonder that is a microwave, you have to clean it.  The more you use your microwave the more you should clean it.

Tips for cleaning your microwave:

  • Put a bowl with ½ a cup of water and a whole lemon, cut in half and squeezed in the microwave for 3 minutes. Wait 5 minutes after timer goes off.  Be careful when taking the bowl out.  The steam and lemon will have loosened up the “gunk” and you should be able to easily wipe off and leave you with a squeaky clean microwave
  • Repeat the above process but with several table spoons of vinegar
  • A microwave cleaner can be used for heavy duty messes

 

Garbage disposal and/or drain:

Along with the microwave, the garbage disposal has made life so much easier.  You don’t have to trash all of the by-products that food has.  You can just send it down the drain.  You should most likely clean the garbage disposal once a month if you’re washing your sink once a week.  If not then clean the disposal and drain a little more often; maybe twice a month.

Tips to clean your disposal:

  • Throw the rinds of oranges, lemons, or limes in the disposal with a couple ice cubes.
    • This not only freshens and cleans the disposal but sharpens the blades as well.
    • You can add ½ cup of baking soda to keep the freshness longer
  • Take an old tooth brush with any cleaner you would use for your sink and get underneath the splash guard to get the gunk that doesn’t make it down the drain.
  • A fruit pit (in a peach or avocado), bones or egg shells can clean the base and blades a little more thoroughly that a citrus fruit can.
  • Disposal deodorizer tablets like here

Tips to clean your drain:

  • Make a mix of 1 part kosher salt and one part of baking soda. Pour this into the drain.  Pour white vinegar down the drain and let it sit until done fizzing.  Flush with a pot of boiling water
  • Fill sink with hot soapy water, then unplug and let the dish soap water mixture run through the drain, flush with hot water.

For how often you should clean your Refrigerator visit here.

By the end of this your kitchen should be sparkling.  If you keep up on the little things, your kitchen will be easier to clean as a whole.

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