The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. It’s also often the dirtiest and messiest part of the house. Find out how to clean your kitchen and keep it that way.
Many Utah residents want a classy granite kitchen countertop and fancy overhead cabinets for their homes, but what good will they serve if you can’t keep your kitchen clean? Here are five of the most useful cleaning tips that can make your kitchen spotless for your next party:
1. Keep things minimal
Once you go minimalist, you might never go back. At least that’s what minimalists always say. If your kitchen is stuffed to the brim with objects that you don’t need, it will be difficult to keep it clean.
The first step to cleaning your kitchen is to declutter. Dispose of, donate, or sell everything that you no longer need. You don’t need multiple pieces of the same cooking utensil. As much as possible, only keep appliances, utensils, and cookware that you use frequently.
2. Make a daily kitchen cleaning list
We use our kitchens every day, which is why they are the first places to get dirty. To keep things clean, make a daily chore list for your kitchen. Things that need to be done every day are:
- Wash the dishes left in the sink or dishwasher
- Wipe down all kitchen counters and the stove
- Throw out trash and compost
- Wash the sink after doing the dishes
- Put things back where they belong
- Sweep the floor
- Clean up mess or spills as needed
3. Reduce cooking-related mess
Cooking can be a messy activity. However, you can employ certain techniques to avoid increasing cleaning time, such as:
- Use a splatter guard for stoves and microwaves
- Use a scrap/garbage bowl while you prepare food
- Put measuring spoons or cooking spoons on a saucer when not in use
- Lay down kitchen mats to catch crumbs for easy disposal
- Catch oven drips with a baking sheet
- Measure ingredients over the sink to avoid spilling on counters
4. Organize your kitchen
Having a place for everything can make it easier for you to organize a messy kitchen. Designate an area for different types of ingredients and equipment, such as spices, herbs, fruits, condiments, frequently used kitchen tools, and everything else. If you already did Tip #1, organizing will be way easier since you have less stuff to work with.
5. Don’t forget the hard-to-reach areas
Germs, pests, and grime can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas in the kitchen if you don’t make an effort to clean them once in a while. By hard-to-reach areas, we mean the following:
- Inside appliances, such as ovens, microwaves, toasters, etc.
- Behind appliances
- In the corners and gaps
- Above the refrigerator
- On the top shelves of kitchen cabinets
- Light fixtures and ceiling fans
- Refrigerator coils
- Dishwasher filter
- Garbage disposal
You don’t have to be a cleaning expert to keep your kitchen spic and span. With these five tips to start with, your kitchen will be looking brandnew in no time.