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5 Tips for Cleaning a Kitchen: Dishes, Counters, Fridge, Oven and Cabinets

Cleaning a Kitchen It’s so much more fun to cook in a kitchen which is clean and attractive.  However, not a lot of people think about how they want their kitchens to look.  They consider kitchens to be purely...

Kitchen Cleaning
Cleaning a Kitchen

It’s so much more fun to cook in a kitchen which is clean and attractive.  However, not a lot of people think about how they want their kitchens to look.  They consider kitchens to be purely utilitarian.  The same often goes for bathrooms.  However, cooking can be joyful, as can bathing.  So these two rooms really ought to receive more attention.

TV personality Rachael Ray has been quoted as saying, “Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home.”  And many of us also have memories of entering our mother’s kitchens and stealing a bit of food while it was still hot, or licking the bottom of the pot in which she mixed the ingredients for a cake.  A kitchen, if well-kept, can bring back all those memories and imbue us with a sense of safety and security.  So here is some advice on cleaning a kitchen:

  1. Dishes.  This is the number one thing that leads to dirt and smells in a kitchen.  That doesn’t mean that you have to do all your dishes yourself after every meal.  It’s a good idea to get your entire family involved.  Let them take turns washing and drying.  Or if you can invest in a dishwasher, your task is going to be made a lot simpler.  Just start stacking the dishes even while you’re still cooking.  Then you’ll only be left with a few plates when you’re done with dinner.
  2. Counters.  Sometimes, even when you have dishes lying in the sink, it can give you a feeling of order to have a clean countertop.  Most people just wait until they’re done cooking and then clean everything up with a paper towel.  However, if you’re looking to conserve paper, use a napkin which can be washed later.  You can also just use the same sponge with which you do your dishes.  Just remember to wash those napkins and change those sponges every so often or else they can breed bacteria.

    Cleaning a Fridge
    Cleaning a Fridge

  3. Fridge.  You should take out all the contents of your fridge every couple of months and do a deep cleaning.  Wipe down all the surfaces and wash the trays.  Once you have a clean fridge, try to keep it that way by training your family to wipe up spills as soon as they happen.  Keep cleaning supplies handy so that no one has an excuse to avoid cleaning up.  Placing paper plates or paper towels underneath containers of milk and juice will help avoid the buildup of sticky stuff on your refrigerator surfaces.
  4. Oven.  The oven is notoriously the dirtiest spot in any kitchen.  Even if you don’t bake much, you might live in a home where the previous owners did quite a bit of baking without cleaning up later.  So there’s likely to be a layer of grime in your oven.  Get a good oven cleaner from a pharmacy and plenty of rags or paper towels.  You might even want to protect your hands with gloves.  And this is a task that takes 2-3 hours.  So don’t start it on a day when you only have a little bit of time.
  5. Cabinets.  There’s often a little buildup of dirt on the edges of cabinets because you open and close them all the time.  This can easily be removed with a cleaner and napkin or paper towel.  You just need to make time to do this every couple of months.  Also make sure to line your cabinets with paper or a different protective lining before you put plates or cups on top of them.  This way, you can just take out the dirty paper every few months and replace it with a fresh sheet.

Contact us for more great ideas on deep-cleaning your kitchen.