Keep a Stricter Cleaning Schedule
The first step to improving the cleanliness of your home is to maintain a stricter, more frequent cleaning schedule. For many, cleaning the kitchen is a chore that only comes along when the kitchen is visibly dirty. Instead of waiting until the breaking point, adhere to a well thought-out regimen. Commit to cleaning countertops and doing dishes immediately after use every time. There are other, less frequently used areas in the kitchen that require less frequent attention, but probably deserve more than you’re giving them now. Assess how often you use these areas and items, and how much grime and dirt they collect over time. You may want to clean these areas once a week or once a month. Whatever you decide, just be sure to have an ongoing schedule and stick to it.
Clean With Citrus
Citrus can be a great cleaning agent for appliances like garbage disposals, sinks, stoves, and toasters. Slicing an orange, lemon, or grapefruit, and scouring your stove or other greasy appliances with the cut section will pick up the grime and leave a citrus scent. As suggested by the experts here, cleaning your garbage disposal with citrus is particularly fast and easy. Just drop a few small pieces down your drain and run the garbage disposal with cold water for a minute.
Clean Your Fridge and Cupboards Regularly
Your refrigerator can become filthy without you even knowing it. Don’t wait for the fridge to stink. Take a day every week or two to give it a fairly thorough wipe down with cleaner. Doing this regularly enough will protect you from the food drips or liquid spills that would otherwise harden over time. The freezer—arguably the most neglected area in the whole kitchen—should also be regularly inspected for leakage and ice buildup.
While cupboards get a lot less traffic than the refrigerator, they collect plenty of dust and grime if not cleaned at least semi-regularly. Pay careful attention to your food cupboards, and wipe them out before the dirt effects food quality.
Clean the Inside of Your Trashcan
Even if you line your trash can as carefully as possible, it’ll eventually collect grime. The trash can is also a hot spot for bacteria. When you take the garbage out, clean the inside of your trash can once or twice a month before re-lining it. Even if there isn’t any visible grime, you’ll get rid of the bacteria and avoid unwanted smells.
Clean the Dishwasher
The dishwasher is a cleaning appliance, so most people don’t consider that it might need to be cleaned as well. If they build up too much, the dry water spots that accumulate in the dishwasher can cause damage to the machine and effect it’s performance. Every so often, run a washing cycle with distilled white vinegar. This will get rid of the water spots and ensure that your dishwasher continues to run smoothly. To further protect your dishes, clean the seal of your dishwasher every so often as well.
Pay Extra Attention to Hard-to-Reach Places
Most neglected areas in the kitchen are neglected simply because they are hard to reach. These are the areas you should be paying the most attention to. The dormant spaces underneath, behind and between appliances attract grease, which in turn collects dust and causes it to stick. If you wipe down these areas regularly you’ll avoid the grease buildup and make your appliances last longer.
Your major appliances should be moved and cleaned around at least once or twice a year. Clearing out the dust and grime where your refrigerator and oven sit will make your kitchen more sanitary and prevent potential fire hazards.
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