Friday, 28 June 2013 18:32

Cleaning Routine: Weekly Kitchen Cleaning

So, you’ve spring cleaned your kitchen and want to keep it clean with just a few minutes each week. Or maybe you didn’t get to do spring cleaning, but you’d like to get a routine that will keep the Health Department away. Here’s how.  Start with the clutter: Toss the obvious trash, and sort through what’s left. See this tip for dealing with papers you’ll need for next year’s taxes. Everything else that belongs in another room should go in a bag and be set aside until you’ve finished
cleaning. Now, put away the gadgets and other things that belong in the kitchen. Do the dishes: Take care of any dishes that are sitting out. Either wash, dry and put them away, or put them in the dishwasher and run it.

Wipe everything down: Clean any food spills on your cupboard and drawer fronts. Wipe the backsplash. Wipe appliance fronts. Wipe the stove top. Wipe spills off the floor of the oven.

Get the small stuff, too: Wipe down small appliances, light switches and door knobs. If you have a landline, now is a good time to wipe down the phone, which is a bacterial breeding ground.

Clean the microwave: Loosen cooked-on food by heating a cup of water for a minute. (Add a slice of lemon to it for a nice fragrance if you like.) Remove the turntable if you have one, and wash it. Wipe the inside of the microwave and return the turntable.

Rummage through the fridge: Dispose of any spoiled food, but save useful kitchen scraps. Wipe down any spills on the refrigerator shelves or floor. Now’s a good time to change out the paper towels lining your produce and meat drawers, too.

Disinfect the sink: Sinks are nasty places full of bacteria. Use a homemade mix and a clean cloth to disinfect yours. Or, fill it with hot water, add 1/4 cup bleach, and let it sit before draining, scrubbing and rinsing clean. (Don’t mix bleach with other household cleaners!)

Empty the trash and scrub the trashcan outside, rinsing with your garden hose. Let it air dry and the sun will finish the disinfecting job for you.

Sweep and mop: Use a bucket for this, never your sink. (See that bit about bacteria above!)

Every few cleanings, make time at the beginning to dust your ceiling fan, the tops of your cupboards and refrigerator, and the baseboards. Your kitchen will stay almost as nice as it was when you finished spring cleaning, so maybe you won’t have to do it next year!