Keeping a kitchen tidy and hygienic should not be a huge chore. Here's how to keep things tidy and clean with minimal effort.
Start (and finish) with a clean slate
The best way to stay on top of your kitchen is to put it back in order after using it. It is rare that your kitchen becomes totally out of control after a single meal preparation session. It's when you let the little things go that you suddenly feel overwhelmed. In this spirit, you want to strive to start with clean surfaces and dishes and finish with them as well. If you do the dishes when you finish a meal, make sure they do not fill up and take over the entire kitchen. When you finish a meal, do the following:
- Wash all the dishes. Whether you wash the dishes by hand or fill the dishwasher, do it as soon as possible. If you do not have a full load in the dishwasher, store at least the dirty dishes inside and on the counter.
- Clean the counters. Keeping the counters clean is one of the many ways to help prevent cross-contamination in your kitchenthat you are afraid of spreading allergens or germs.
- Wipe the top of the stove. Use a half-and-half mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the splatters and damage on the stove. Whether you are splashing something or preparing a meal, there is definitely food residue and grime to feed the bacteria.
Another note on the dishes: put them away immediately. Use a cloth (to create less waste) to dry the washed dishes by hand. When the dishwasher is finished, store them so they can refill (you will not end up with stacks of dirty dishes in the sink or on the counters). If the dishwasher or dishwasher is empty, it is ready to be used next time.
Plus, when you're done washing the dishes by hand, take a few minutes to wipe the sink. This will eliminate a lot of germs and you can use the washcloth or cloth you used for the dishes. Think of your sink as the last dish you wash each time.
Focus on practical storage
If you have a predilection for kitchen gadgets, know that they can give your kitchen a cluttered and overloaded look if each gadget does not have its own home. While things like coffee makers, microwaves, toasters and other everyday items may require a permanent place on the counter or microwave trolley, your blender, your air fryer and Your air blower may leave you no room for food preparation.
Find accommodations in cupboards for your gadgets and organize everything you store in your kitchen. Do not be afraid to store your gadgets in depth if they are used only a few times a year. If a device only comes out for Christmas cooking, for example, you can put it away somewhere. Keep food and dishes tidy so it's easy to find what you need when you need it. Keep the lids on the storage containers, if you have enough space, or get a rack to keep them.
Keep an unwanted kitchen drawer
Many people despise the garbage drawer, but let's be realistic. What random things are in your kitchen? Additional fasteners, scissors, pens and paper for grocery lists and recipe notes, instruction manuals for your kitchen gadgets and everything else you may need in the kitchen at any time, among other things. The kitchen trash drawer is the perfect place to store things that do not have a home elsewhere in closets or drawers. Without a catch-all like this, the odds and ends just float.
Make effective use of your pantry
If your home is lucky enough to have a pantry, you can do a lot of space in your kitchen by keeping all the food in the pantry. Keep the spices, sugar and even your coffee inside. Larders are more than canned and cereal boxes.
When you add new items to the pantry, be sure to organize them by expiry date. Keep the expiring foods as early as possible in order to use them first and avoid food waste.
Spot Clean and Deep Clean
It is important to clean your kitchen every day that you use it. It only takes a few crumbs to attract the attention of insects and critters. Spills and splashes are fertile ground for bacteria. Whenever you cook, take the time to clean your countertops and other areas and food preparation items. disinfect using bleach or other methods.
Deep cleaning days can be done once a week or once a month, depending on how much cooking you cook at home. They should include cleaning your oven (indoor and outdoor), clean your fridge (this is the perfect time to mix dishes that are no longer needed), clean your microwave, clean the dishwasher and clean your trash.
Clean the areas around your stove, splashing grease everywhere. Vinegar is great for cutting fat.
Finish cleaning by sweeping and mopping the floor of the kitchen. As with your counters and hobs, vinegar and hot water are a great solution – and they are also suitable for children and pets.
Once you get used to cleaning regularly, you will find that it is much faster and easier. When you're only dealing with the damage you've created today, it's a lot easier to deal with than to catch up in a delirious kitchen for a week.