The trick to a clean house is consistency. We wish it wasn’t so, but it is.
In the end, the cleanest house is one where cleanliness is actively upheld, as opposed to passively reinstated. One should be following a quick and fast-track approach to kitchen cleaning so you can clean your kitchen in small increments and enjoy it more often. Here are just few simple tricks and tips we recommend so you don’t have to spend hours and hours every day to manage the heart and center of your house. It can be a low-maintenance area of the house and still the most used and fun to be in and cook amazing meals in.
Keep Counters Clean At All Times
DO NOT let them clutter for days before you get to clearing it out. Recipe books should be kept in the book cabinet at once. Receipts in your drawers or in the trash. Clean plates in the cupboards, dirty plates in the dishwater. Crowded countertops will just make your kitchen look uselessly dirty and claustrophobic. What’s the use of mopping your kitchen every day when it’ll still look untidy because of the unwanted stuff you’ve collected on the counter tops?
Dust The Kitchen Every Second Day
Make sure you wipe down every high and low zone. With neglect and over time, kitchen surfaces become sticky and more difficult to clean. Start from the oven, counter top, cabinets and sink. Some stubborn marks? Remove difficult stains with a little hydrogen peroxide in water, plus a few drops of ammonia. Now pay attention to the floors. Mop it all out once you’re done doing all of the above. Add half a cup of baking soda in 2 gallons of water and see how your tiles shine. Do you have a wooden floor? Add 1 part white vinegar in 9 parts of warm water. This simple trick comes from our old cleaning maid and is the best and cheapest remedy to make your wood floors look dazzling. Also, don’t forget to plunge your drain every 2 weeks so they don’t clog!
Clean The Oven
While you dust your kitchen every 2nd day, also spend some time specifically on your oven every other Monday. Leaving your oven at the courtesy of only-cooking-no-cleaning will just increase the residue around the stove and the aggregated gunk will be a headache to get rid of afterward. Add dishwasher liquid in warm water, scrape the gunk off and mop it with the liquid.
Attend To Utensils Every 2 Weeks
Make sure to properly season any cast iron pots and pans you might have. The oil, butter and smell of spices would just go away in a snap. Give a warm rinse and scrub to any other cooking containers. Keep the rust off your metal knives and spoons by soaking them in hot water with dishwashing liquid for some time and all residue will easily scrub off.
Pro Tip: Oil your cutting boards and spoons once a month to increase their life.
Get The Right Cleaning Tools
You can make use of generic kitchen products like baking soda, salt, vinegar and lemon to perform almost any and every cleaning regimen; but having the right tools will just make your life much easier. Get a scrub brush to easily scrub away almost anything from your sink, dishes or countertops. A plastic scraper is the holy grail of oven-cleaning; your work will decrease by half. Grease-cutting dish soap and a dish drainer for dishes you just rinse. Lastly, a powerful plunger for those days you feel your drain is clogging, this is your ultimate friend.