There’s a saying that the kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s true. While we probably spend more time in our bedroom, living room, or even home office, there is no doubt that the life, the very nourishment of the family, comes from the kitchen. This makes disinfecting kitchen a task crucial to your family’s health and well-being. Hence, allow us to share with you some tips on how to keep your kitchen clean.
What Are the Dirtiest Items in Your Kitchen?
The first item in our lineup of kitchen cleaning tips is to determine the dirtiest items in your kitchen. In this way, you will know the problem areas that you should be particularly focusing on.
The Kitchen Sponge/Cleaning Supplies
If you want to keep the kitchen clean, then you need a wide array of different cleaning supplies. Have a batch of various kitchen sponges and rags at the ready. The problem, though, is that due to their absorbent nature, kitchen sponges also tend to be a great breeding ground for disease-causing germs. Fortunately, cleaning your sponges will significantly lower the risk of exposure. How to clean: Just soak your sponges in vinegar for at least five minutes and you’re all set. Meanwhile, rags and towels must head straight to the laundry basket.
It’s just not visible to the naked eye but those tiny cuts and grooves you’ve made on your cutting board after all these years of us actually harbor disease-causing germs like E. coli and Salmonella. How to clean: Your wooden cutting board must be washed with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Once dry, wipe it down with vinegar and a clean rag. Your plastic cutting board will need a little bit more effort. Mix a cleaning solution made up of four parts baking soda, one part dishwashing liquid, and two parts hydrogen peroxide. Allow your plastic cutting board to soak in this solution overnight. Wash with dishwashing liquid and water in the morning and allow it to dry thoroughly before storing it. Alternatively, you can use high-level disinfecting solutions. Just make sure that it does not contain harsh chemicals.
You may not really taste it, but there are actually a lot of bacteria lurking in your coffee maker. Keep in mind that it’s also one of the most handled kitchen appliances, and most of us don’t really wash our hands before touching our coffee makers every single morning. These factors can definitely turn any coffee maker into the perfect brewing spot for diseases.
How to clean: Lucky for us, the secret ingredient in cleaning your coffee maker is really simple. It’s vinegar. Fill your reservoir with equal parts of water and vinegar. Place a filter in the basket and turn your brewer on. Stop it half-way through and allow your reservoir to soak in the remaining cleaning solution for an hour. After that, turn the brewer on again and complete the process. Throw away the filter and cleaning solution. It’s time to rinse out the vinegary taste. Fill your reservoir again, this time with clean water. Brew completely and pour out. Refill your coffee maker with water and repeat the process for the second time. The inside of your coffee maker’s already clean. Don’t forget its exterior, though! Wipe its buttons and handles with disinfecting wipes.
Finally, it might seem like a surprise to you but utensil trays also make the list of the dirtiest items in your kitchen. After all, how many hands go through it every day and not all of them are exactly “clean”.
How to clean: Thus, empty it and wash it with water and dishwashing liquid at least once a month. Anyway, now that we’re done with the smaller items, we can now move on to clean the bigger elements in your kitchen like your sink, bigger appliances, counters, and other surfaces.
Keeping the Sink Clean
Disinfect the Sink After You're Done Washing the Dishes
We recommend disinfecting the kitchen sink every night. Mix a cleaning solution made up of a teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter cup of lemon juice. Apply it to your sink and let it sit overnight. Rinse your cleaning solution with boiling water in the morning. Allow to cool briefly and wipe your sink down with a clean rag.
How to Keep Appliances Clean
As for your bigger kitchen appliances, there are two that we’d like to focus on: your fridge and dishwasher.
Regularly Defrost and Wipe the Refrigerator
Your fridge can be a melting pot of grime and germs, with all the forgotten leftovers, expired items, spills, and even dust that gets blown inside every time you open your fridge!
How to clean: Hence, to clean your fridge, empty it out. Go through all the items and dispose of anything that’s not fresh anymore. Make a cleaning solution of equal parts of water and vinegar. Dip a clean rag in it and start wiping the interior and exterior of your fridge.
Empty the Dishwasher as Soon as It's Done and Wipe It
Did you know that you can use vinegar in cleaning your dishwasher too? After all, it’s an appliance you also need to clean regularly due to its similar exposure to germs as your kitchen sink.
How to clean: At the very least, you should always empty your dishwasher after every washing cycle and wipe it down. You should clear its filter of trapped food and other particles every week. Deep cleaning is required monthly, though. Just fill a bowl with vinegar and set it at the bottom rack of your dishwasher. Run a cycle without any detergent. You can refill the vinegar and repeat the process as needed. Then simply wipe down the dislodged grime with a clean rag.
Now that we’re done with the sink and appliances, we can now move on to cleaning cabinets and disinfecting kitchen surfaces.
How to clean: While good old bleach has been a staple in most of the cleaning products, some people would like to avoid using it. Instead, you can use medical-grade disinfectant wipes. Wipe the surface until it is visibly wet with the wipe solution, use multiple wipes if needed. Make sure that a surface is wet for at least 10 minutes. Then allow it to air dry. It is an effective and safe way to disinfect kitchen surfaces. If you prefer to use bleach, here are some tips for you. Make sure to wear gloves for protection. Mix three to five tablespoons of bleach to a gallon of water (depending on how dirty the surface is), pour the solution to a spray bottle and start spritzing and wiping. Just keep your vinegar away from your bleach. They are not chemically compatible.