Kitchens are sordid and a hard business to get your hands on. The pungency of raw meat, the grime from cooking grease, the grimy residue on the stove from spilling oils, the spoiled or uncooked food, the sticky grease build up on your cabinets, the cutting boards, and the leached out plastic containers could be a few of the reasons that make your kitchen look dirty and smell nasty. A regular clean up might also not help if you are ignoring such hidden spots and sometimes quite obvious blots that are causing the issue. Let’s have a look at these 5 targets that are making your kitchen look dirty.
1. Dirty Dishes
We know housekeeping is hard amid messy toddlers, an inattentive spouse, and a number of guests. Cleaning the kitchen by the end of the day or doing dishes seem hectic and intense. So you save the dish cleaning for the next day and that interrupts the healthy kitchen handling procedures. Giving way to germs and bacteria in your utensils and the food particles left on them that can survive for more than four days. Eventually, the leftovers lead to your sink, clogging the drain which could be easily preventable if the dishes are done frequently.
2. Unhygienic Cleaning Accessories
So what would you do when your cleaning items are filled with ingrained dirt and spreading grunge and disease all over the place. A 2017 study discovered that around 300 types of bacteria are found in a sponge that is used to clean the dishes and sometimes your countertops and stove surface. Make sure you deep clean your rags and sponges in the microwave or dishwasher. You can also bleach them or use vinegar to kill off the germs. It is ideal to change your sponges every month even after deep cleaning them. Another solution is to replace sponges with a microfiber cloth or toss washcloths as they are more sanitary, long-lasting, and easy to clean.
3. Greasy Cabinets & Kitchen Surfaces
The flying droplets of your cooking oil make your stove, counter, cabinets, and everything else in your kitchen greasy making it a smelly, gross, and soiled place to cook and eat. If you don’t have an extraction system or filter in your kitchen, you are in big trouble. If you don't pay attention soon, your kitchen will never be clean until you spend a considerable time rubbing and wiping up the thick coatings of grease from it. Use bleach, soup, vinegar, or lemon, whatever comes in handy to remove the coating. Properly cleaning floors is also important as grease can damage the flooring and make it slippery!
4. Uncleaned Microwave
Cleaning your microwave must be your daily kitchen ritual just like the countertops and dishes. Outwardly clean, your microwave is a smelly place full of sprinkled food particles and stains. That if remain uncleaned for longer can grow germs and fungi in the inner linings and the ceiling. Before it turns into a thick coating of filth and feigns every meal you put in it, use lemon, baking soda, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon stick, or vinegar to give it and your kitchen a refreshing and clean breath.
5. Unkempt Appliances
Whether it’s your refrigerator, pantry, microwave, crumb trays, or trash cans, cleaning the bottoms of every such item seems available until it builds a pungent smell, fungus, grease, and bacteria making your kitchen a whole level of unhealthy place to be in. Clean your crumb tray at least once a week, soak the removable items of the microwave in the soapy water, clean the back tray of your refrigerator once a month and the produce drawer especially the vegetable and food container weekly, wipe down the bottom of your pantry and score out the accumulated grease from the cabinet doors to prevent the gunk.
Kitchens are deemed as the heart of a home. People cook, eat, laugh, and share while dining. A neat, fresh, and organized and clean kitchen adds to your family time, making these times more memorable with these easy solutions.