Spring is right around the corner and what better time to get and give the kitchen a good clean. Here are six handy tips to help get your kitchen ship-shape before a summer of BBQs and entertaining:
Is your stove the dirtiest spot in your kitchen? You're not alone! The oven and stovetop are most commonly the greasiest and grimiest areas of your kitchen, so starting to the right of them and cleaning clockwise in a cirlce will help prevent the spread of grease. Plus, you'll be well warmed up by the time you tackle them so the task won't seem so daunting.
Next to the stove, the sink is one of the grubbiest spots in the kitchen and often has more bacteria than the toilet! Give it a good clean by letting it soak in warm, soapy water and then tackling it with a disinfectant. Follow manufacturer's recommendations, and then give it a good dry down to finish.
Once week, clean around the machine's edges to remove an food or scum build up. Once a month run an empty cycle with a cleaning agent instead of dishwashing powder and once or twice a year, particularly after winter or after anyone in the household has been unwell, add a quarter-cup of bleach to a regular cycle to kill off any lingering bacteria.
Your waste disposal unit works the hardest of any kitchen appliance, breaking up all the unwanted extras. It's no surprise that it can get a little tired and clogged up from time to time. To get rid of stinky stenches, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon removes the smell, and the ice and salt clean away any residue. Just like new!
No one likes spending their hard-earned weekend doing housework, so do yourself a favour and clean as you go throughout the week. Fill a sink with hot, soapy water to soak pots and pans in when you're done with them, and wipe up and spills as soon as you spot them to avoid staining. By the time you've finished eat any grease will have lifted from the pots and pans and cleaning them will be breeze. Then you can get back to Shorty Street.
Sponges are a lifesaver when cleaning the kitchen, but everyone knows how quickly they can go from friend to foe. Extend their lifecycle, and decrease the risk of bacteria in the kitchen by squeezing yours out every night and throwing it in the microwave on high for a minute. Once its a bit raggedy give it a heave and grab a new one - you may resent the extra spend, but its a few dollars here and there that could make a real difference to the health of your friends and family.
When you're done reward yourself with a bright bunch of flowers and start planning that first summer BBQ.