My normal cleaning routine took a turn for the non-routine when the twins were born. Now, with the girls an entire 6 months old (where is the time going?!), I think I may finally be getting the hang of housekeeping once more. The big lesson I’ve had to learn is: I can’t do it all at once.
Pre-kiddos, I used to be able to spend a few hours in one morning cleaning the house, and it would stay pretty clean for about a week or so. Now, I’m excited if I get one bathroom cleaned by the end of the day! HA!
But there are a few things that I’ve made sure I maintained as clean once I got them there. Since I’m prepping adult food and baby food and formula there multiple times a day, the kitchen is something that has stayed clean at our house.
So when Alyssa Winters contacted me and asked if I wanted to post a piece on keeping a kitchen fresh and clean, I was all about it! Hopefully she’s got some tips I’m not already using – I’m all for improving my techniques!
The kitchen is one of, if not THE messiest room in your entire house. This is why it is a challenge to keep it clean, since you surely don’t want to serve food that is prepared in a non-sanitized environment.
Check out these seven tips to keep your kitchen clean and fresh at all times:
It should be a cardinal rule at home to keep the kitchen clean at all times. This way, you’ll be in the mood to cook and only worry about the mess you will create during food preparation.
Before going to bed at night, make it a habit to wash the dishes, pans, and utensils, place leftover foods in the fridge, and wipe your kitchen counter. Don’t forget to throw ingredients and vegetable peels into the compost, too.
Make Your Own Disposable Wipes
Most household cleaning items contain chemicals that could be harmful for everyone in the household. Consider making your own disposable wipes when cleaning your kitchen. Here’s how to do it:
- Place a roll of paper towel in a large container, preferably one-gallon pitcher.
- In a separate cup, mix 1 ¾ cup of distilled water, ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ tsp. liquid dish soap, and 10 drips of tea tree essential oil.
- Pour the mixture on the paper towel to moisten it.
- Slowly remove the inner cardboard.
Easy, don’t you think?
Keep the Sink Shiny
Your sink is one of the most abused areas in your house. After washing the dishes, you will notice residue and food wastes settling on the bottom. Since you want to start fresh, make sure you give your sink some TLC before hitting the sack.
To keep your sink clean and shiny, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the surface and wipe it using a cloth. Baking soda helps disinfect the sink and make it shiny again.
Collect Food Waste
Food preparation can be messy. To keep your kitchen clean and fresh, make sure to collect food wastes immediately. Keep a large bowl nearby where you can place all food wastes and make it easier for you to dispose them. This gives you extra counter space as well, especially if your kitchen is not too big.
Clean Refrigerator, Oven, and Other Home Appliances
How many times do you clean your home appliances? It may take some time, but doing this regularly will keep not just your kitchen but also your food clean.
Set aside a specific time every month or every week, depending on your availability, to clean your home appliances – and make sure to stick to it. Use your top rated steam cleaner to help you get the job done.
Maintain Your Cookware and Knives
Here’s a secret: the more you take care of your kitchen partners, the longer they will last.
Once a month, do some maintenance work on your pots and kitchen utensils to get rid of rust spots, remove stains and polish, and make your knives sharp again. Keeping them in tiptop condition will keep your kitchen fresh too.
Use the Right Cleaning Tools
There are many cleaning tools available to help you keep your kitchen clean and sparkling. The truth is you don’t need 10 different cleansers and brushes. All you need are the right kind of brushes and cleaning agents to help you get the job done. Find what works for YOUR kitchen specifically, and make sure you keep them nearby, say under the sink, pull out drawer, or over-the-cabinet door rack so you can access them whenever you need them.
With these tips on hand, are you ready to say hello to a cleaner and fresh kitchen? Get started now!
Thanks, Alyssa! I LOVE that recipe for cleaning wipes, don’t you?! I’m gonna have to make some of those!
What’s your go-to method for keeping YOUR kitchen clean?
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