EIGHT STEPS TO CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN

by Muhammad Inam Ul Haq
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One of the most used rooms in the house is, without a doubt, the kitchen. But how do you clean your kitchen? Where to start? Indeed, if the technique and the products used are not suitable, we set out to create all over again!

Discover our tips for thoroughly cleaning the kitchen easily, efficiently, and as quickly as possible with the “Well in my house” challenge.

1. THE DISHES

It’s the golden rule: never let the dishes pile up. Every day, you have to do the words you just used with hot water and soap for optimal results. For stainless steel dishes, use a microfiber cloth soaked in soapy water and a household alcohol drop. Rinse and dry with a microfiber cloth.

Don’t forget to wash the sink from time to time: clean it with a soapy sponge with a few white vinegar drops.

2. THE WORK PLAN

It is important always to have a clean and disinfected work surface. For a very dirty countertop, use citric acid. Rinse as soon as possible after cleaning. To strengthen the acid’s disinfectant action, add a few drops of essential oils to citric acid: Tea Tree, eucalyptus, or lemon.

Wooden worktop:  Run a brush dipped in hot soapy water over the worktop. Rinse and dry as quickly as possible. Add a little white vinegar to hot water if the plan is foul.

Granite and Marble Countertop:  Clean with a sponge soaked in hot water with just a drop of liquid soap. Rinse well, then rub with a cloth so as not to let unsightly streaks appear.

To protect your granite or marble worktop as much as possible from even greasy stains with a waterproofing stain remover

Stainless steel worktop: Use a microfiber cloth soaked in soapy water and rinse. If there are any traces on the stainless steel, use paper towels dampened with a mixture of oil (for the salad) and lemon or oil and vinegar and polish.

3. KITCHEN UTENSILS

Keep kitchen utensils clean. For metal or plastic objects, you can go through the dishwasher. On the other hand, wooden spoons are real nests for bacteria. Immerse the cutting boards, salad bowls, and wooden spatulas in a basin of bleach. Leave to soak for an hour. Rinse and brush.

4. THE KITCHEN FLOOR

Tiles:  The tiling is maintained using a microfiber broom moistened with lukewarm water and a few drops of liquid soap; when cleaning the kitchen thoroughly, add white vinegar to the soapy water.

Lino:  Wash the linoleum or other plastic floor using a damp microfiber mop (then wrung out) with hot water added with soda crystals.

5. THE BAKING SHEET

Clean the gas stove with a sponge soaked in hot water and soda crystals. This solution will overcome the most recalcitrant stains. Rinse and pat dry.

Clean the hotplates of an electric hob by heating them to a high temperature. The hob cooled, go paper towels on the burnt dirt.  Clean with an abrasive pad or the finest grit sandpaper, or operate the hotplates until they reddish, so the ground is charred. Then let cool a little, clean with a paper towel all rolled up into a ball. Finally, with the fireplaces cooled, finish cleaning with a cloth soaked in table oil. Leave on for at least 12 hours.

Avoid powder cleaners and abrasive sponges that could scratch the ceramic hob, even baking soda, which is not diluted in hot water. Clean the greasy plate without leaving a trace with a microfiber cloth soaked in slightly diluted white vinegar.

6. THE OVEN AND MICROWAVE

The oven

Clean your oven immediately after cooking. This is because the heat melts the dirt, you will save time. A simple wipe of a damp sponge will suffice. But before cleaning the inside of the oven, remove the rack, wash it in hot water and dishwashing liquid or the dishwasher.

If stains of any kind adhere to the glass of your oven, but you cannot remove them, heat the oven a little so that it is lukewarm, turn it off, and then clean it with paper towels. All rolled into a ball soaked in household alcohol.

The microwave

Remove the crumbs, remove the turntable, clean the microwave oven with a sponge soaked and wrung out with vinegar water (white vinegar) without forgetting the door. Rinse and pat dry. Clean the turntable and its support in soapy water or the dishwasher. Dry them and then put them back.

For more thorough cleaning, place in the microwave a bowl containing water with lemon juice. Activate the microwave to bring this liquid to a boil. Then pass a dry cloth over the mist that has formed.

7. CUPBOARDS

Sort through your cupboards by throwing away anything outdated or in poor condition, or what you no longer use. Take advantage of this sorting to note everything you need: products, sponge, ingredients, or provisions.

Run the barely damp microfiber mop over the cupboards’ tops to rid them of the dust that has accumulated. Make sure to start with the cabinets because the dust that falls from them will dirty your floor.

About once a month, empty your cupboards to pass over the jars containing pasta or various condiments with a microfiber cloth moistened with soapy water and dry with a tea towel. Then clean the inside, and the door of the cupboards with a microfiber cloth dampened with water and a drop of liquid soap wrung out well. Wipe with a dry cloth.

If the furniture is greasy, clean it with vinegar water (half water, half white vinegar). Rinse with clean water, then wipe with a microfiber cloth.

8. THE FRIDGE

For quick cleaning of the fridge, run a spotless micro-fiber cloth soaked in white vinegar on the shelves.

But if you want to clean your fridge thoroughly, the procedure will take longer. First, unplug the fridge, empty it, and remove shelves, bins, and racks that you will wash either in the dishwasher or by hand in soapy water.

Then with your hands protected by household gloves, clean the fridge thoroughly, from top to bottom, with a damp sponge with lukewarm water and a handful of soda crystals. Rinse with clean water and dry with a microfiber cloth. Finally, reconnect the fridge.

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