A clean kitchen is the first step to a healthy home. We’re going to help you keep your kitchen in top shape with our tips for thorough cleaning and maintaining your kitchen.
Sorting out cupboards and keeping surfaces clear not only gives the appearance of a tidy, organised kitchen but also makes it easier to maintain. Go through each cupboard and drawer meticulously, removing things you no longer use or that don’t belong and organise them in a way that makes them easily accessible. This is the time to let go of reusable containers that don’t have a lid and that old salad bowl with the chip in it. Have a bin bag handy and throw out old food and leftovers. Next take everything out so you can wipe the shelves down to remove sticky.
Wash all surfaces with hot, soapy water paying particular attention to areas where there is food build-up such as behind the sink, on worktops near the oven or fridge, and under appliances. Use a toothbrush to clean small crevices and get into tough spots like tile grout. Once everything is gleaming, put everything back making sure things you use most often are within easy reach. Not only will this make cooking meals simpler but it will also help cut down on time spent looking for things. Washing up as you go along will become second nature if there’s always a clear space for you to do so. Fill up the sink with hot water and washing up liquid as soon as you start cooking then stack everything in once you’re finished; by the time you sit down to eat, most of the work will already be done!
Every few months, it’s a good idea to give your oven and fridge a deep clean. This not only helps with keeping your appliances looking their best, but also helps to ensure that any built-up food residue or bacteria is removed. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to give your oven and fridge the deep clean they deserve.
Cleaning Your Oven & Freezer
Start by taking everything out of your oven and washing the shelves with soapy water. If there are any burnt-on bits, scrub these with bicarbonate of soda until they come away easily. Don’t forget to wash the racks too! Next, make a paste using equal parts bicarbonate of soda and water. Coat the inside of your oven with this paste, leaving it for at least 15 minutes before wiping away. You may need to repeat this process a few times for really stubborn stains.
Remove everything from both your fridge and freezer so you can reach every nook and cranny. Pay special attention to door seals, which can harbour bacteria. Wipe these down with hot water mixed with white vinegar, then dry thoroughly before replacing everything back into the units. For an extra deep clean, you can also remove the shelves from your fridge and freezer and wash these separately
With just a little bit of effort put into maintaining your kitchen on a daily basis, you’ll be able to keep your kitchen clean, organised, and looking its best all year long!