How to Keep Your Kitchen Fresh and Clean

How to Keep Your Kitchen Fresh and Clean

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Your kitchen should always be as clean and fresh as possible, and giving it a deep clean every couple of months is important for everyone’s health and wellbeing too. You’re probably feeling the need to re-group and do some spring cleaning around the house these days, which is why we’re giving you an easy to follow step-by-step guide to successfully clean out your kitchen (with a checklist too!).

Everything Out!
It’s true what they say, real cleaning starts off as chaos in the beginning. The first thing you need to do is to take everything out of your kitchen cupboards (pots, pans, ingredients) and drawers and clean the interiors. A simple towel and some soapy water or antibacterial spray is all you need to efficiently disinfect and clean out the interior of the cupboards. This is definitely not something you need to do on a daily or weekly basis but is periodically necessary to make sure the place you prepare your food is as hygienic as possible, free of bacteria and insects.

Deep Clean Pots and Pans
Remember all those pots and pans you took out of the cupboards? It is time to give those some attention too. Of course you clean out your pots and pans every time you use them, but while you are cleaning your whole kitchen out you can give them some extra cleaning by soaking them in soap and water and deep cleaning them so that you can put them back into your clean cupboards. This is also a good time to let go of any damaged or cracked tefal or aluminium pots which can be dangerous to your health.

Spotless Appliances
By appliances we mean your oven, microwave, cookers, toaster, and all the rest in between. Take time out to scrub each appliance you have as thoroughly as possible and make sure everything looks as good as new.

Take Care of Your Fridge and Freezer
The most important appliance to keep clean in your kitchen is your fridge. The place where your food is stored needs to be clean at all times to prevent any food contamination or bacteria growth. Try this step-by-step fridge clean out:

  • Turn off and unplug fridge.
  • Remove all food and removable interior parts.
  • To clean exterior and interior walls, dissolve 2 tablespoons baking soda in 1 liter water and wipe all surfaces.
  • For stubborn marks and stains, rub with baking soda paste.
  • Rinse with a clean, wet cloth.
  • Wash any internal removable parts (such as vegetable boxes and eggs holder) with soap and warm water.
  • Filter any food that is out of date (that two year old ketchup bottle needs to go) and place the food you need only back in the fridge.

Clean Out Your Cupboards
Applying a ‘no junk in the kitchen’ rule is one of the best ways of ensuring that you eat healthy at least inside the house. So, get rid of that secret treats drawer (that is not so secret) and start fresh with only healthy, wholesome ingredients in the cupboards.cupboard storageReusing old jars for dry ingredients like pasta, oats, rice, and flour is a great way of keeping things more organized and avoiding spilling half opened plastic packs. It also makes everything looks prettier too. You can also do the same for spices with any smaller jars you have lying around.

Clean The Surfaces
Now that everything inside the kitchen cupboards and drawers is sparkling clean, you should give the kitchen surfaces and counter tops a good wipe down with some disinfectant to make sure the surfaces you prepare the food are clean and toxin-free. Also, make sure any items you have on display on top of your counter tops are clean and organized.

Breathe Some Fresh Air
What’s better than injecting some fresh air into your house to keep the spring feeling alive? Once you are done cleaning, open up some windows, light a fresh smelling candle or spritz some homemade essential oil room spray to ensure everything smells crisp and clean.

Checklist

To Do Done?
Cupboards and Drawers Interior
Pots and Pans
Appliances (Microwave, Coffee Machine, Toaster, Oven, Blender etc.)
Fridge and Freezer
No Junk Food
Reuse Old Jars for Ingredients
Counter Tops and Surfaces
Fresh Air + Favorite Fragrance

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