Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Clean
When it comes to housekeeping, cleaning the kitchen is one of those that I consider as “chores that bore”. The kitchen is one of those high-traffic zones in the house that seems to be in perpetual chaos.
No matter how much cleaning and organising you do in this area, you only have to turn your back for a while, and it all starts again. While keeping it clean sounds exhausting, the good news is that plenty of housewives have shared their experience on how to win the war on grime.
Let’s learn from them. Here are tips to keep your kitchen clean from the experts, that is, other housewives.
Create a schedule
Keeping the kitchen clean is all about knowing what needs to be done and when to do it. By keeping a regular schedule, you can save time in the long run. Make a list of things that need to be done on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. For example, its best to wipe the counter-tops and kitchen sink daily. This will only take a few minutes everyday, but will prevent a pile of dirty plates and utensils from piling up.
Use Eco-Friendly products
Many of the off-the-shelves cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to the body. Nonetheless, because they are so convenient (just point and spray), many busy housewives opt to use them anyway. But the health of your family should be foremost on your mind, so use them sparingly, and instead, look for alternative cleaning products. The internet is chock-full of suggestions on how to use everyday ingredients in creating your own green product. Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon are on top of the list of natural products that can be used for domestic cleaning.
Make sure your drains are clear
With the amount of food prepared in a normal household, a clogged drain is part for the course. When this happens, mix half a cup of baking soda, a cup of distilled white vinegar. Pour the mixture on the drain then cover with a wet rag. After 5 minutes, pour boiling water. Be mindful of what you throw in there. Never ever pour grease down the drain. Save the used oil in a can or bottle and throw them out in the garbage when full.
Get the family involved
Kids love to help out so you should learn to delegate the tasks. Make chores fun and interesting, or at least financially rewarding. You can, for example, make it a contest. If keeping the kitchen clean is where you need most help, make a list of things that need to be done. Break down the chores into manageable tasks, and whoever completes the most wins. Hand out a reward that everyone would love to have to encourage them.
Fight the war on bacteria
Fighting the war on grime means you have to be on your toes for all kinds of enemies, whether seen or unseen. The latter refers to minute living organisms that call your home their home too, such as bacteria, germs, molds and mildews. Did you know that 1% of bad bacteria (e.g. salmonella, E. coli) can come from a variety of places?
They can begin to grow in raw and under cooked meats, fish, eggs and poultry, improperly washed and packed fruits and vegetables, and even unpasteurized juice. Those are just some of the more common places where they can start. Before the wreck havoc in your lives, read and understand where and how they grow, then know how to get rid of them. Head them off before they even begin by practicing simple ways of preventing their growth.
Keeping your kitchen clean is not rocket science. There are many more tips that have been shared by housewives who have been successful in keeping dirt, grime, and bacteria at bay. But the best tip I can give you is to always clean as you go. Clean up immediately after prepping, cooking, and eating.
Don’t leave your dirty dishes in the sink to be cleaned later. If you do this, the work will pile up and the mess will require more time to clean. If you are too tired to get to them, at least rinse them off with hot water. All it takes is a few minutes a day to ensure that you have a clean kitchen. So spread the glove now!
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