A clean kitchen is important to us all, but going beyond the surface clean can help preserve your family’s health and the look of your kitchen. We all know the basics, but do you know the deep-down dirty secrets? We bet you don’t!
Don’t do everything all at once. Your time is precious so make a plan and stick to it. Try to accomplish simple things at night before you go to bed, like cleaning up the dinner dishes (don’t wait until they are piled so high you can see over them). Then make a schedule. Wednesdays are for cleaning the stove; Sundays are for cleaning out the refrigerator. These simple things will make your deep-down cleaning so much easier.
Use your dishwasher for more than just dishes. Anything that is dishwasher safe can be cleaning in the dishwasher, so use it to your advantage. Take apart your electric can opener and use the dishwasher to clean the non-electric parts. If your refrigerator needs a proper cleaning, don’t scrub the small shelves and bins, let the dishwasher do it for you (just be sure to put the plastic items on the top shelf). Drip pans, burner covers, you name it! An added benefit, dishwashers use less water than hand washing, so you could potentially save on your water bill too.
Think higher, or at least stand on something to get a different perspective. Look around while standing on a stool; you may see things you missed at eye level. Also, be sure to get down and dirty. Take a look from a lower perspective too. (You would be amazed at what gets under your cabinets!).
Start at the top. Dust and degrease the top of the cabinets, wash cabinet doors, wipe cabinet interiors, and then move to the countertops, the lower cabinets and finally the floor.
Have you ever thought about how dirty the top of your refrigerator gets? Cover it with plastic wrap and when it gets dirty just peel it away and start all over. So much easier, don’t you think?
Anything can become a cleaning tool; you just have to look at it differently. Cotton swabs, chopsticks, even pencils can be used (if wrapped) to clean the small spaces your traditional tools won’t reach.
If you have a small kitchen, don’t fret, just take the larger items outside or wash them in the tub. You have more room and less mess!
Our last piece of advice: if you spill something clean it immediately. Don’t wait until you are done prepping or cooking. This way you spill doesn’t bake on, crust on, or mold to the surface where it landed.
Follow these few steps and your new kitchen from Northeast Dream Kitchens will be the talk of the neighborhood.