Regardless of whether or not you enjoy cooking, the inevitable task is much more enjoyable when you have a clean and clutter-free kitchen to work in. Additionally, a clean kitchen provides a safer place to eat and thus a healthier you. In the long-run, keeping your kitchen well-maintained and tidy will actually increase the value of your home if you choose to sell it later on. Below is our three-step guide to a cleaner and organized kitchen.
Step 1: Get organized.
The best cleaning tips for the kitchen start with identifying and organizing the items that belong in the kitchen as well as the items that don’t belong but have managed to make their way in overtime. One way to get all kitchen items organized is to ensure that every item has a home. All flatware should be separated and properly placed in a drawer. Food items such as bread, cereal, etc. should be placed in the cabinet or pantry. Car keys should be hung from a hook on the wall or in a basket on the entry table.
If after organizing your entire kitchen, you discover items that don’t have a home, you can draw the conclusion that they don’t belong in the kitchen at all. To keep the non-kitchen items from piling up, do a quick sweep of your kitchen everyday and remove any items that don’t belong.
Step 2: Live healthy.
Yes, germs are everywhere and it is impossible to kill all germs in your home. However, we can keep them contained in areas that are known for harboring the most germs. For example, avoid using sponges to wipe down countertops and sinks. They are known to carry a ton of germs and spread them quickly. Instead, consider using a paper towel or cleaning wipe that you can throw away once the task is complete.
After cooking, be sure to wipe down all counters with a safe disinfectant, especially when handling raw meats. Keep anti-bacterial hand soap next to your dish soap on your sink and wash your hands both after handling raw foods and cleaning up. Lastly, if you have a pet, keep their dishes off of countertops and food prep areas.
Step 3: Clean regularly.
While cleaning the kitchen every day or once a week may seem extremely time consuming, it will actually require less time than it would to clean your kitchen after a significant amount of time has passed. A good rule of thumb is to clean as you cook. After you add an ingredient, place it back in the cabinet or refrigerator. Once you finish with one pot or bowl, wash it or put it in the dishwasher.
Also, wash or rinse the dishes right after you finish eating. This will prevent food from sticking to the plates and silverware. Try to mop and clean out your refrigerator at least once a week. Finally, take out any trash that contains raw meats or spoiled food.