What’s the place you dread cleaning the most? Nine out of ten people would say, “The kitchen, of course!” Whether it’s the daily tidying up and washing, or a mega project like cleaning the oven or fridge, these are chores you’d be glad to put off for another day. And that’s the root of the problem. Delaying or missing out on the daily cleaning makes it much more difficult. Here is a handy How guide to kitchen cleaning like a professional to unpack the complexities of kitchen cleaning for you. You’ll find newer, swifter, and more efficient ways to tackle the toughest cleaning jobs. So bring the Wow factor back into your kitchen and keep it looking the way it should.
Why Do Kitchens Collect Dirt and Grime?
Looking good is only half the story. Messy kitchens are a serious health hazard.
Food is one of the first things that get infected by pathogenic bacteria. They lurk in everything from raw meat to unwashed fruit, vegetables, and water. You can transfer another set of bacteria to and from your phone or tablet, dishwasher and fridge handle, cutting board, cabinet handles and doors, rubber gaskets, dish sponge, and kitchen towels. Studies such as the Global Hygiene Report 2008 by pharma major Dettol show an alarming amount of contamination and poor hygiene in kitchens worldwide.
If you think about the potential for the growth of germs and bacteria, the kitchen is one of the dirtiest places in your home. The sink, taps, refrigerator, and kitchen cloths are excellent breeding grounds for bacteria. These germs can easily get transferred to other surfaces and your body.
An Eastern Europe study of 189 households in 2011 found that the rubber seal of dishwashers in 101 cities contains different kinds of fungi.
Other items such as leftovers, takeaway containers, can openers, date expired spices and foods, old forgotten foods in your fridge, reusable grocery bags, garbage cans, knife holders, and microwave buttons are potential oceans of bacteria.
If you have pets, the dog’s food and water bowls are probably set down in the kitchen, kitty litter is emptied into the kitchen garbage bin, and their uneaten food and more can be a storehouse of germs.
Grease and grime collect on the tiles, walls, blinds, cabinetry, and windows. The longer you leave them on, the more difficult it becomes to remove them.
Strategy Is The Key
When you think of cleaning a messy kitchen, you can get overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the job. You spend time wondering where to start. Should you do the dishes first or start on the oven?
This is where having a plan helps. You need to break the entire project into smaller chunks and have a time frame. Don’t think of it as one humongous task. There are distinct segments and sections to cleaning. Work out the steps in terms of the larger elements. Some of them are:
- Wet wiping
- Sweeping or vacuuming
- Cleaning appliances
- Cleaning cabinets and shelves
- Dealing with trash
You can also divide the kitchen into ceilings, cabinets, windows, appliances, and floors. Each of these will need a different type of cleaning. If you’re taking this approach, always start at the top and finish the floor last.
Remember that the kitchen is one place that doesn’t have much downtime, especially if you cook all your meals from scratch. In many homes, it’s a high-traffic area, where the family comes and goes at different times individually and as a group.
That is why you need a strong and workable plan to tackle the cleaning process so that it gets done, no matter what. Have two or three different plans for times when you’re in a hurry, have an hour or two to spare, or have the whole day to do a deep clean. It’s a good idea to finish your cooking before you clean.
7 Steps To Kitchen Cleaning Like A Professional
- Gather your cleaning products: The key to faster, more efficient cleaning is organization.The pros know that getting your cleaning products and equipment together before you start saves time and effort. Store them in a handy plastic tray or bin. Invest in microfiber cloths, and wear gloves when you work. Environmentally-friendly products are best.
- Look up: Start with the ceiling, check for cobwebs and quickly wipe upper shelves and cabinetry with a damp wipe. Give the windows, lampshades, fans, and pictures a swift wipe.
- Attack the Horizontal Surfaces: If you have your dining table or counter in the kitchen, it’s where people tend to leave all kinds of things – keys, glasses, phones, toys, condiments, books, pens, bills and receipts, coffee mugs and more. Countertops in the kitchen get crowded with stuff that you use while cooking. Keep a set of storage caddies handy in one of your cabinets. Clear the table and countertops and fill the caddies with the stuff. You can sort this out later. Wipe down the table and countertops with a damp wipe. Stack the dishwasher with used crockery/cutlery, and wipe the condiment-jar lids before you store them out of sight in the cabinet. Your kitchen will look instantly neater.
- Pull Out Appliances: Clean under and behind appliancesfor that spic and span feeling. Spray a cleaning product, leave it on for a minute or two and wipe each appliance down with a damp cloth. Next, clean the stovetop and cooker, sweep crumbs and wash the grates in the sink.
- Tidy the sink:Wash the sink and scrub the faucets. Pour a kettle of boiling water into the drain. Mix a cup of vinegar with half a cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Follow up after 10 minutes with another kettle of boiling water.
- Trash It:Take the garbage out, and if your trash can needs a wash, take it out into the yard and hose it down. Wait till it dries before lining with a new liner.
- Sweep the Floor: The final step is to clean the floor. You can use a broom or a vacuum cleaner. If you have the time, a quick wipe with a damp rag dipped in a fresh-smelling gives it the finishing touch. Next, spray an all-natural room freshener with a citrusy fragrance.