Guide to Better Kitchen Cleaning
Published on Monday, 06 August 2012
Regarding food safety, it is getting more and more important to clean one's kitchen properly and keeping clean the food preparation areas. The basic clean-up after cooking and eating is a common sense, but there are other basic guidelines people should follow in order to to keep their kitchens clean and therefore avoid contamination.
One useful tip is to have a spray bottle consisting of four parts water and one part bleach. This is a perfect cleaner solution which kills germs in the kitchen. It is quite important if you are handling meat and poultry on the counter top to clean out properly so that the liquids don't spread onto other food. A quick spraying with this cleaning solution ensures that things are much cleaner.
Get rid of the dishwashing sponge, it is a total germ magnet. It is useful for washing plates and pans, but it's not a clean item at all. When you wipe counters and other places in the kitchen, use a clean kitchen paper, which you can throw away straight after cleaning. Avoid cleaning counters with the same sponge or towel that you use for cleaning or drying dishes.
For a regular kitchen cleaning, here's a useful list of tasks to be done daily, weekly or monthly. These are just basic tasks, and some may choose to do some of these chores more often or less often.
• Use a multipurpose cleaner for cleaning vent hoods.
• Scrub the dirt of the sink and dry it.
• Sweep up around the baseboards.
• Mop the floor.
• Wipe the appliances on the counter.
• Clean the exterior of the appliances with a spray cleaner.
• Disinfect the sink and the faucet.
• Check the refrigerator for expired or moulded food.
• Wipe and clean the cabinets exteriors with a furniture cleaner.
• Clean the oven thoroughly. Clean behind the oven too.
• Clean and disinfect the freezer and the refrigerator.
• Clean the pantry shelves.
• Take out the utensils out of the drawers and wipe the area.
Few Times a Year
1. Clean the kitchen drain. Mix half a cup of baking soda with an equal amount of white vinegar - clean and disinfect.
2. Clean thoroughly the microwave. A bowl of water with several tablespoons of lemon juice should be put inside the microwave. Turn it on high a couple of minutes and after that remove the bowl. Then wipe out the inside off any dirt. Remember to clean under and behind the microwave - this could be done once a month.
3. Clean the dishwasher. Scrub with a toothbrush around the door and in the crevices. Check and clean the drain basket if necessary. Place a bowl with white vinegar and run the dishwasher on the hottest cycle.
4. Take out all glasses, china, bowls, dishes etc. from cabinets and clean the inside. You can always use a water and vinegar for that purpose too.
5. If it's possible, move the refrigerator aside from the wall and vacuum and mop the floor. This area is generally one of the dirtiest in every kitchen.You should clean the coils to make the refrigerator run more smoothly.
Using these tips and techniques, you can set up an easy schedule to follow every day, week and month. Keeping your kitchen clean is not that hard, if you put some effort on a daily basis. After all, this is the place where you store, cook and eat your food. If you want a healthy lifestyle, this area has to be sparkling clean as often as possible.
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