The kitchen is the heart of the home for many. Keeping it clean all year round is essential to maintain hygiene standards. Here are our target areas to consider when cleaning the kitchen.
Defrost and deep clean your fridge freezer
It is important to keep your fridge freezer clean. We recommend removing everything from the fridge freezer, defrosting if necessary, and giving it a deep clean. This will help to remove any dirt, stay hygienic, and prevent any bad smells from building up over time. You can try making a baking soda paste mix to remove any dirt in the fridge, and this can also work as a deodoriser to eliminate odours.
Pay attention to the sink
We use the kitchen sink to clean our dishes, but the sink itself also needs cleaning. We recommend paying attention to the washing up bowl and drying rack as although they come into contact with cleaning detergent every day, we don’t clean them as regularly as the dishes themselves. You can wash these the same as your dishes, and depending on the material you can add some bleach to completely disinfect if necessary. To finish the sink, use some drainage cleaner (or lemon slices) in the plug to flush out any blockages.
Clear the cupboards of out-of-date food
As part of a spring clean, we recommend doing a clear out of the kitchen cupboards. This means checking for any out-of-date items. It also means you can get your cupboards order and identify if you need to restock on any items.
Clean and disinfect all cutting boards
Another area to focus on in the kitchen are cutting boards. We use them daily with our cooking, and although we wash them down after use it is beneficial to give them a deep clean at times. You can do this by cleaning, disinfecting, and freshening up. You can freshen them up using a lemon. You can read more about how to clean the home using lemons here.
Descale the kettle
Limescale can build up inside your kettle depending on the water hardness in your area. Over time, this can become quite stubborn and may affect the performance of your kettle, as well as the taste of the water. You can remove this with a generic limescale remover or popping some slices of lemon in the kettle with some water when boiling.
Clean the oven of dirt and debris
Cleaning the oven is integral for general hygiene, and also to improve cooking results. Your oven is likely to have specific cleaning instructions, but the key areas we recommend focusing on are the trays, racks, walls, and the oven glass, which can be cleaned with a damp cloth and a mild detergent. For tips on giving your oven a thorough clean, click here.
De-crumb the toaster
Did you know you should be regularly removing crumbs from the bottom of the toaster? Most times we forget which isn’t too much of an issue, but after many uses the crumbs can build up increasing the risk of smoke or pests. Unplug the unit, remove the crumb tray by sliding it from under the toaster, dispose of any crumbs and use a small brush dipped in a water and cleaning solution mix to clean the tray.
Use an easy blender cleaning hack
You can hack your cleaning so that you can quickly, and effectively, clean your blender. We recommend filling your blender or food processer jug with warm soapy water, and operating the unit. This will push the water around the blender in the hard to reach places. Then, simply remove the jug and rinse in the sink to remove the soapy water.
With these tips, you can be sure your kitchen will be as fresh as a spring morning.
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