10 Secrets for a Clean Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most difficult areas to keep clean; is a place where people gather, dirty dishes, backpacks and food. How is it possible for some people to keep their kitchens neat no matter what happens? These people probably know these 10 tips:
Get a new perspective
While cleaning the kitchen, go up to a stool or a chair and look around. From a higher perspective, you’ll be able to see the places you overlooked and the areas that need attention (like the countertops in the cabinets). Conversely, if you sit or kneel on the floor, you will probably see the lower doors of cabinets that need cleaning or crumbs to be vacuumed.
A little bit each day
Schedule a small portion of the cleaning for each night after dinner. Divide the tasks by day to make it even easier (clean the stove on Wednesdays, discard leftovers on Sundays, etc.). This will help you clean your kitchen without having to clean for hours each time.
Use the dishwasher
Take advantage of the utensils that are suitable for the dishwasher. Disassemble appliances and put non-electric parts into the dishwasher. Also remove the drip trays and cooktop burner covers, small refrigerator shelves, plastic drawer organizers, and Ziploc® brand containers to wash them. Just be sure to place the plastic items in the top rack.
Clean stainless steel appliances
Stainless steel is beautiful, but it can be marked with fingerprints faster than anything else in your home. Keep it shiny with Windex® Disinfectant Cleaner Multi-Surface. Spend 60 seconds every night before bed so your kitchen looks like new.
Work from top to bottom
When doing a deep cleaning, it makes sense to start from above. To begin, clear the top of the cabinets; then wash the doors (and clean the inside of the cabinets as needed). Then, clean the countertops and cabinets underneath, and finish cleaning the floor. While you clean, the dust and crumbs will fall to the floor; when you leave the floor to the end, you will not have to clean it twice.
Be creative with your cleaning utensils
If sponges and cleaning brushes do not work, look for a suitable utensil that can help. Wrap a Chinese stick or pencil with a paper towel to clean the cracks of an unplugged electric grill or waffle, or take a toothbrush that you no longer use and immerse it in Bleach 5-in-1 Scrubbing Bubbles® All Purpose Cleaner with fantastik® To scrub the dirt from the sink drains. Finally, use a plastic knife to scrape dry spills from the stove and even to remove dirt from the space between the stove and the countertop.
Conquer the junk drawer
We all have one. A drawer where everything is stored, from hairbrushes and broken crayon bills. Reserve 15 minutes once a month to organize the clutter and discard what you do not need. Pack everything else in Ziploc® brand bags and write down the important information on the labels.
Here’s a way to keep the top of the refrigerator clean. Top with Saran ™ Premium Wrap to capture dust and spills. When it’s time to clean, you can remove it and replace it with another Saran ™ Wrap. Similarly, you can cover the counter-tops of the cabinets with Saran ™ Premium Wrap. When the cover becomes dirty, simply discard it and replace it with a new one.
Take it outside
If your kitchen is small, it can be difficult to maneuver while cleaning. Wash bulky items such as refrigerator shelves and oven racks in the bathtub or even outside. You will have more space and will be less likely to spill water all over the floor.
Clean spills immediately
It seems obvious, but it is much easier to clean stains and spills when they are recent. Even spilled milk on the floor can turn the entire kitchen into a sticky mess when children or pets stomp on it. Take a paper towel or Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Wipes to wipe out spills and drops as soon as possible.