Cleaning the kitchen can be a tedious and time-consuming task. But there are a number of ways to make that task easier. It will create effective work habits that will make your life easier. Here are some tips for faster cleaning and more efficient kitchen cleaning.
Few general tips
Before we get into specifics, a few general tips you should stick to:
- Determine a place for every item; You will get the necessary cleaning products faster if they are placed in a reachable space- put them in a special drawer or cabinet for cleaning products.
- Do not mix ammonia and bleach because they create toxic fumes.
- Identify the places in the kitchen that gets dirtier faster and reserve a few minutes, every day to clean them.
- Keep the sink clean and empty at the end of each day; if you have a dishwasher, start it before you go to bed and empty it the next morning.
Clean stains as soon as they occur so you won’t have too much work to do in one day. Estimate which kitchen utensils and applications you don’t use and remove them to have more space to work in the kitchen. Wash the dishes right away; fill one half of the sink with warm, soapy water, and put the utensils and dishes after you are done using them. Leftover food will not stick and washing will be done in just a few minutes.
Create a rutine
Divide the tasks into daily ones, those that you have to do on a weekly basis, tasks that you do every day, and those you do every few months. In the first category (“everyday tasks”), include cleaning the work surfaces, tables, the top of the stove, vacuuming the floor, and cleaning the sink after washing the dishes. These tasks are not time-consuming and can be done quickly and easily.
The second category (“weekly tasks”), consists of wiping the floor, kitchen cabinets, applications, and trash cans. The third category – those tasks that are enough to do once every couple of months – include emptying and cleaning refrigerators, ovens kitchen cabinet interiors, and kitchen drain.
Some problems are best resolved right away. If you have problems with the remains of burnt food in the pan or casserole, add some dish detergent and a little water. Heat the water to a boiling point, and allow the newly formed liquid to cool in the pan. After cooling, burnt debris will be easier to remove.
In case if your food spills on the oven, put a pinch of salt on the spot spilled with food. It will reduce smoke and it will make it easier to clean the stain after is cooled. You can also add some cinnamon to prevent unpleasant odors. You can also put a slice of lemon in a trash can, it is a good way to deal with bad smell.
Use natural cleaning products
The natural products for cleaning are effective, inexpensive, and do not harm our health. Baking soda is probably the best non-corrosive cleanser you have in your house. It removes unpleasant odors and you can use it for cleaning all surfaces in the kitchen. Vinegar is also helpful – you need to mix it with water and you get a stain remover. You can clean floors, work surfaces, and sinks. After applying, leave it to dry and everything is clean.
Other natural cleansers are hydrogen peroxide, just put three teaspoons of peroxide with a detergent in the washing machine. With that, all your dishes will be shiny and disinfected. Essential oils combined with water can be used for destroying bacteria, mold, and also for cleaning windows and floors.
For cleaning the microwave you will need two tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with two cups of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Then, turn on the microwave for two or three at a high temperature. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe the microwave with a towel and it will be clean and shiny.
To clean the drain, you need to pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain. Then add a cup of vinegar and cover the drain. Allow the mixture to foam for a few minutes, then rinse with eight cups of boiling water. Do not use this method immediately after using cleaning products.