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Top 3 Cleaning Tips To Clean a Dirty Kitchen

    If you cook in your kitchen, it’s bound to get dirty. There’s no question about that! But keeping it dirty is a choice you make. While no one can claim to be an expert in kitchen cleaning, we all have our tried and tested strategies for dealing with the mess. Things can get pretty chaotic if you work outside the house full-time, have small kids to care for, work part-time or from home. After you’ve cooked breakfast, packed lunches for the kids, and grabbed a bagel to munch on the way to work, there’s no way you can get your kitchen looking like something in Good Housekeeping. But there are shortcuts and hacks, tricks and strategies that you can use to get things to ship shape. Here are the top 3 cleaning tips for cleaning a dirty kitchen so that you’re not embarrassed when someone drops in for a drink after work or a friend calls to invite himself/herself over for breakfast. Clean like the pros do – with a strategy!

    Common Hazards in Your Kitchen

    Wipe spills immediately

    When we talk about dirty kitchens, it’s mainly the look and feels we refer to. Greasy countertops, overflowing trash bins, food scraps, liquid spills on the floor, a grimy oven and cooker, and a sink piled with dirty dishes. No doubt these are unpleasant sights. But there’s a greater danger that lurks in dirty kitchens.

    Slip and Fall Injuries: When your kitchen floor isn’t clean and dry, you could slip and hurt yourself badly. Oil, juice, sauces, and vegetable and fruit peels should be wiped immediately. Otherwise, you could slip and hit your head against the counter or table, fracture your hip bone, ankles or wrist. Also, if you’re carrying something hot, it could splash on you or other people if the floor is slippery.

    Kitchen Fires: Cooking at high heat can be dangerous if your surroundings are not perfectly tidy. Open flames ignite loose papers, receipts, bills, or recipe notes. Spilled oil too close to the cooker can catch fire and spread to other flammable materials nearby in minutes.

    Electrical Shocks: Your appliances are all wired to the power sources. The cable and plug could get wet from liquid spills on the counter if your kitchen isn’t clean and tidy. Long cables hanging loose and dangling across the floor make you trip over them. Never use electrical appliances for things other than what they’re intended for. Some people pile the dishwasher with kitchen towels, computer keyboards, and even shoes. This is not only dangerous but also unhygienic. Don’t overload circuits with multiple appliances.

    Food poisoning: Contaminated food that has not been properly stored or cooked causes serious health crises such as food poisoning. Dirty kitchens are a breeding ground for vermin, insects, bacteria, and fungi. Dried-up spills are more difficult to clean, besides becoming a home for disease-carrying germs. Leaving your food on the counter to thaw causes puddles and gives bacteria a chance to enter.

    Lack of order: The cardinal rule in kitchens is “A Place for Everything and Everything in its place.” When you have knives and forks lying around, china and breakable crockery scattered all over the shelves and tables, cleaning products and chemicals cluttering the pantry, it’s a recipe for disaster.

    Keeping your kitchen clean and orderly is an important health and safety feature in your home.

    Top 3 Cleaning Tips To Clean a Dirty Kitchen

    Clean As You Go:

    1. Reduce your workload and work more efficiently and swiftly if you clean up as you go along.
    2. Wipe spills immediately, keep a plastic bin or tray to dump fruit and veg peels as you use them, and take a moment to put spices and groceries back in their places when you’re done with them.
    3. Put the lids back on jars, cap the ketchup bottle and return milk, butter, and cheese to the fridge immediately after use. You will find that this makes cleaning much easier.

    The mess doesn’t pile up into a mountain that needs an hour to clean at the end of a tiring cooking spell. To help with this cleaning method, keep cleaning supplies nearby before you start cooking. Paper towels, waste cloth, wet wipes, gloves, an apron, disposable disinfectant wipes to use after you’ve cut meat on your cutting board, and other materials should be kept handy so that you can clean as you work.

    Clutter-Free Counter Tops: It seems like a great idea to have everything within easy reach. But if your counter tops are crowded with bottles, jars, condiments, and crockery, that leaves precious little space to work in. Countertops are a convenient dumping ground for the whole family. Kids leave their school bags and stationery, and people leave their keys and phones, mail, receipts, bills, water bottles, and more on the kitchen counters. This makes cleaning difficult because there simply isn’t any space to move in. But you can bet your bottom dollar that there’s enough room for bugs, insects, mold, and other nasties to thrive. Keep your countertops completely free. Find suitable storage space in cabinets, shelves, or the kitchen cupboard to keep appliances and crockery. Arrange a shelf just above the cooker with your regular spices, so they’re easy to access as you cook. Invest in good quality metal shelving that can be hooked to the inside cabinet doors to store smaller items. Fold your kitchen towels neatly and arrange them in a drawer. A bare and shining countertop is a great visual and practical idea.

    Wash Some Things Immediately: Kitchen tools and equipment that you use regularly must be washed immediately. Knives, peelers, strainers, cheese graters, and cake tins must be washed by hand. Never dump these in your dishwasher. Instead, you can toss them into the sink after use and wash them all together when you’re done with cooking. These smaller items must be hand washed with eco-friendly cleaning products so they don’t get damaged in the dishwasher. Another reason to do this is so that food doesn’t dry on them, making it more difficult to scrub off. Make sure you wash them before you leave the kitchen. One of the best rules for kitchen cleaning is to always have an empty sink.

    Final Word

    There’s a difference between “clean” and “tidy” but there’s no reason your kitchen shouldn’t be clean and tidy. The trick is to be mindful as you work, stay focused on the task, and make sure that you work efficiently. Kitchen cleaning doesn’t have to be a boring or strenuous chore if you follow some of the ideas discussed here.