It is said that the heart of the home is the kitchen. Not only do you spend time cooking and sometimes eating there, but many families gather in the kitchen just in general. It is not only easier to cook in your kitchen when it is clean but it is healthier for your family too. When you spend so much time in a certain area in your home, it is important to keep it as clean as possible and to take steps to keep it clean. Here are some useful tips.
The best place to start is with the appliances.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
Cleaning Your Microwave
Cleaning Your Waste Disposal
To clean the grease from the blades and remove left over food, make a solution of baking soda and vinegar and pour down the disposal until it bubbles. Allow it to set about ten minutes. Rinse with hot water. To sharpen the blades, drop a few ice cubes in the disposal and turn on to grind. Rinse again. Lastly, to leave the disposal smelling extra fresh, grind a few lemon wedges in the disposal. To keep your disposal clean and fresh smelling, repeat the process once a week.
Cleaning Your Refrigerator and Freezer
To ensure that your refrigerator works as best as it can, use your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils underneath and behind your refrigerator. (Make sure the unit is unplugged when you do this! Better safe than sorry.)
Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances
Your stainless steel appliances will look their best when they are clean and shiny. You can use a stainless steel spray that is recommended by the appliance manufacturer, a solution of dish detergent and water, or waterless hand soap to add the shine to the surfaces. Always use a lint-free cloth to polish.To remove water spots from a stainless steel appliance, rub it with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
After you finish with the appliances, it is time to move on to the rest of the kitchen.
Cleaning Your Cabinets
Always refer to your cabinet makers when choosing a product to clean your product. Some products are made for all wood cabinets while others are great for laminate surfaces. For a mild solution that you can use on most all cabinets, mix dish detergent with warm water. Spray the solution on your cabinets and wipe clean. If any greasy residue remains, make a paste of baking soda and water and let sit for a while. Wipe clean. Dry with a lint-free cloth.
Cleaning Your Countertops
For General Cleaning:
For Stone Countertop Cleaning:
Cleaning Your Wall Surfaces
For wall painted with water-based paints, use a wet cloth to clean the walls. For oil-based painted walls, use a wet rag dipped in a solution of dishwashing soap and water; then rinse with water.
Cleaning Your Floors
For tile floors, a mixture of baking soda and water makes a great homemade cleaner. For deeper cleaning, use a commercial cleaner that is recommended for your type of tile.
To add shine to wood floors, mix vinegar in warm water and wipe floors. Use caution not to scrub too hard and ruin the finish of your flooring.
Getting to the Finish Line
After you have done the heavy cleaning, here are the last few steps to a clean kitchen:
It is important to stay on top of things to keep everything as clean as possible. Here is a tentative schedule to help you stay on top of everything.
The key to a clean kitchen is staying on top of it. Once you have completed a deep cleaning, as long as you clean as you go and stay on top of the heavier items as they come up, the task doesn’t have to be daunting.
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