Cleaning Your Kitchen
I am starting with the kitchen because it is one of the most important rooms in the home, and it is vital that it is regularly cleaned for hygiene and safety. It is worth noting here that you don’t have to do all of the jobs I write about all of the time. Some jobs you can do once, then leave for a while before repeating them. Others must be done on a daily basis, particularly in the kitchen.
Step 1, Where to Start
When cleaning my kitchen, usually I start right from the top and then work my way down. The highest point in most kitchens is on top of the cupboards. The tops of cupboards can be useful for storing electrical appliances or large tins of food. The first thing you need to do is clear your surfaces and take down anything you are storing on top of your cupboards. Get a bowl of hot soapy water (nothing fancy or expensive, it’s this simple) and a cloth. Wring the cloth, and wipe the top surface in your cupboards.
Rinse and wring the cloth as needed, and continue to wipe the surface until it is clean. While you’re up there, it may also be worth cleaning the top surface of the fridge/freezer if you have a tall one. Getting a fresh bowl of hot soapy water, wipe over all of the things you keep on the top of the cupboards before putting them back. You may also want to change the cloth, depending on how dusty the top of the cupboards was. This is a job that can be done once or twice a month.
Step 2, What’s next?
The next logical step is to clean the cupboards. This is also a job that can be done once a month and the best time to do it is when you need to do a food shop because your cupboards will be at their barest. Take everything out of the cupboards, and with a fresh bowl of hot soapy water, wipe all the walls and surfaces on the insides of the cupboards before wiping all the surfaces on the outside of the cupboards. You can then replace everything you took out. On food and culinary products, this is also a good opportunity to check the sell-by dates.
Step 3, Surfaces and Appliances
Now clear your surfaces. In case you have any pots on your kitchen sink, simply wash them, dry them and then put them away. Once clear, wipe your surfaces down with guess what? Hot soapy water! On the sink, wrap the cloth around the base of the taps and give them a good scrub. It is at the base of the taps and the base of the tap heads where grime gathers. When you are satisfied with their cleanliness, use a brush to clean the crevice between the sink and the worktop, as this is another area where grime accumulates.
Wipe away excess water and grime from the sink, then get a clean cloth and wipe everything down again with fresh hot soapy water. Next, take any appliances that you keep on your surfaces, such as the kettle or the toaster, and clean those.
Don’t ever use any chemical products or soap inside your kettle or on your toaster because we consume drinks and food from these appliances.
Don’t ever clean electrical appliances when they are plugged in.
To clean the inside of the kettle, take a clean cloth with hot water and wipe away any tide marks that might be there. If there is any grime that can not be removed, or there is rust inside the kettle, it is time to throw it away and get a new one.
Most of the time you will find a tray at the bottom of toasters, it is used to collect crumbs. Pull the tray out, tip the crumbs into the bin and wash the tray. Simply take the toast up and then move it upside down, and shake it for some time to get rid of the unwanted crumbs. Don’t ever try to clean the inside of the toaster, as this can be dangerous. You only need to wipe the outside surface of your toaster with a dry cloth and just replace the tray. This procedure will be sufficient.
To clean the microwave, remove the circular plate on the inside, and wipe the inner and outer surfaces of the microwave. Wash, dry, and replace the plate. If you ever have any electrical problems with your microwave, unplug it and call an electrician to take a look at it. Do not touch it until it has been fixed by a professional. Microwaves hold a great amount of electrical power and will be really dangerous for you, so they should be handled properly to avoid any risks.
The above jobs can be done on a daily to weekly basis, depending on how much you use your kitchen.
Step 4, The Fridge
This needs to be done once a week. First of all, take everything from your fridge, and it includes the shelves. Carefully, clean out the fridge’s inner and outer surfaces, just like the way you did with the cupboards. After that, wash the shelves gently in fresh hot soapy water, then dry and replace them. You can then put your products back into the fridge.
Step 5, The Freezer
The freezer needs to be almost empty before cleaning, and if possible, do not have any meat in the freezer when you want to clean it. Most freezers today do not need defrosting, however, if your freezer accumulates ice, you will need to switch it off and defrost it before cleaning. Once defrosted, clean your freezer in the same way you cleaned your fridge. You don’t need to do it more than once a month.
Step 6, The Cooker
Some cookers are inbuilt, others are movable Either way, clean the outer surfaces with hot soapy water and a clean cloth. Cleaning the outer surfaces of your cooker should be done daily. For the inside of the oven and/or grill, you might need something stronger depending on how often you clean it. If you clean the inside of the grill/oven with hot soapy water after each use, cleaning it will not be a problem. However, if you are a rare cleaner, this will be more difficult.
Fortunately, you can find different products available on the market that is specifically designed to do this job. Follow their instructions carefully, and ensure that you clean their products thoroughly if you choose to use them, as these products can be powerful chemicals.
Step 7, The Dishwasher and Washing Machine
If you are fortunate to have these large appliances, regularly wiping their outer surfaces will prevent dirt from accumulating on them. For cleaning on the inside, they simply need flushing on an empty cycle as you think necessary. There are some products that you can purchase for cleaning the inside of these appliances, but, particularly with dishwashers, the water they use is so hot, that these products are not essential.
The Final Step, The Floor
If you have a carpet in your kitchen, you may wish to change it to vinyl flooring. Carpets accumulate dust, and even hoovering everyday blows can blow dust around the environment. This is not healthy in the kitchen.
If you have the fortune of a vinyl floor, every day you may need to sweep the whole floor, especially in the corners. Fill a mop bucket with a detergent (follow the guidelines on the bottle) and hot water, and methodically mop the floor. Make sure your mop is well wrung before you start, as too much water can make the floor slippery.
Every two weeks, pull out any large appliances, wipe down their outer surfaces and sweep and mop the floor beneath where they’re usually placed. Open the kitchen windows wide to let the fresh air in. It will help speed up the drying process.