Friday, February 20, 2015

Top-to-Bottom Kitchen Cleaning: Part 1

The kitchen is often the busiest part of any home. We use it and visit it for a snack or a drink so many times in a day that regular cleaning is a must. Thoroughly cleaning your kitchen, from top to bottom, is also mandatory at least once a month, to keep it hygienic. 

Look no further than this guide to give your kitchen a thorough, general cleaning. To start with, begin with your storage spaces, home to your food items, utensils, kitchen tools, and various accessories.

Refrigerator
Start with the fridge. Take out the contents and turn it off to defrost it. Once defrosted, clean the inside. Use a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, or other cleaning solution, like baking soda, lemon juice, and water. Wipe the solution on the inside walls, making sure to get in the nooks and crannies of your fridge. Wipe dry or let dry afterwards. Place the contents back in, making use of the "First In, First Out" (FIFO) system: put the perishable goods out in front, within easy reach, to ensure that you remember to use them up before they expire.

Storage Spaces
While you're defrosting the fridge, declutter the kitchen. Clear out the contents of the pantry, your cupboards, shelves, drawers, and other storage spaces, including the dish rack. Sort out the food items that have perished; various kitchen tools, utensils, plates and bowls, appliances, and accessories that you have no use for anymore; and empty cans, bottles, and containers that you don't need. But instead of tossing them out to the trash, use the biodegradable food matter to make a compost pit. Recycle or upcycle the other items, or give them away to the recycling center. Sell kitchen appliances, utensils, plates, etc. through a yard sale, online classifieds, or donate them to charity.

Cupboards
Before placing the contents of your cupboards back in, give 'em a thorough cleaning. Wipe down the insides with a cloth, using some water and dishwashing liquid. You can also opt to use wood polish on the insides of wooden cupboards and shelves to keep them extra clean and resistant to dirt and insects -- use a citrus-y combination of 3/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, and 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice (add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice, for more fragrance). Once clean and dry, place the contents of your cupboards back in, using an organized system.

Once you’ve accomplished these tasks, move on to your stove, oven, and sink, as well as the rest of the kitchen, detailed in Part 2

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