How To Maintain Your Kitchen

Keeping your kitchen clean and organized can be quite the stressful task. This is because the kitchen is prone to being in a mess most especially while cooking or any time you fetch something from there and fast. Cleaning it thoroughly will only help maintain the kitchen that one time you do the deep clean. However this is not guaranteed to last long due to unavoidable daily circumstances of periods in the kitchen.

The kitchen bound to get dirty and messy fast and often, it is therefore wise to be on your toes and ensure that it is clean 24/7. Although this will involve cleaning often, doesn’t mean you turn the kitchen upside down on daily basis to make it sparkle and for long hours. All that can be overwhelming and tiresome at some point. However, with a few dedicated minutes to clearing off any mess created and ensuring that everything sits back where it should, will do the tricks for you.

Keep the sink in check

The sink should be your number one priority. It carries the most of the kitchen clutter (cups, plates, pans, glasses, cutlery, pots etc.) which can unknowingly dispatch dirt across the kitchen easily. Dishes which have accumulated on the sink should be the first to get rid of before stepping over to the next chore. Whether you need to cook or just clean the kitchen, the sink needs to be cleared and cleaned first to ensure you don’t tire yourself going back over and over again. To maintain the kitchen’s sink at a top-level cleanliness, ensure you sanitize it daily and wipe off using a disinfectant/water and bleach.

Label your containers

Using masking tape and a permanent marker, label your containers. This will help you store them in the appropriate areas i.e. in the fridge or in the cabinets. It also eases your work since you’ll not spend time looking inside each container to know its contents when preparing lunch or dinner. In addition to that, you’ll save some seconds on the clock.

Clean the counter top

This being your working space while in the kitchen, one way or another, it will definitely endure spills of floor, vegetables, oily substances and the list goes on. Since it holds delicate food stuff that will end up in our tummies, it needs to be well taken care of and all the time. While cooking, improvise a garbage using a bowl where you can damp unwanted materials. This will enable you to minimize both the mess you’ll create on the countertop as well as spilling over to the floors. After cleaning, ensure you neatly arrange your countertop to give it that beautiful appealing look.

Don’t forget the Floors

The floors will suffer the same fate as the countertop surface due to spills of ingredients, food particles and litter. To make matters worse, the floors are the most neglected part of the kitchen. After cooking or cleaning, most people will forget to sweep up or wipe down the floors so as to get rid of any spillages. This is not only detrimental to your kitchen hygiene but also to the rest of the house since you can easily spread the spills to the rest of the rooms unintentionally.

The refrigerator

It is mandatory to clean the refrigerator and keep it organized at all times. Start with the inside and clean out anything that is spoilt or unwanted and remove litter left inside from already non-existent foods. This will help you not only keep the fridge clean but also make a complete clear grocery list of things needed. Once done, put back wanted substances in the fridge and cover them nicely to prevent them from going bad. Wipe the outside with a clean cloth and voila! It’s done.

Take care of the garbage

To ensure that garbage is well thrown away, ensure that you have a garbage can or paper where you can safely dispose it. In case of accidents where the litter falls on the floors, collect and put it in the garbage can/paper.

Cleaning your kitchen can be easily managed, however, maintaining the cleanliness can prove difficult. For every part of your kitchen, ensure you have the necessary tools and keep them in an easily accessible area. To uphold the kitchen tidiness and cleanliness, you don’t need to wait till the kitchen is messy and disgusting. Clean through as you progress from one corner of the kitchen to the other and create happiness in the kitchen by simply keeping it clean always.

 

How to keep your kitchen clean and hygienic

Have you ever asked yourself why most kitchen staff in hotels wears white clothing? Well one of the main reasons is to depict the level of cleanliness in their kitchens. High levels of hygiene should be maintained in the kitchen at all times to keep us safe form the effects of harmful bacteria such as: e.coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococus aureus, salmonella, enterobacter, and listeria.

Below are some of the things you can do to keep your kitchen clean:

Organize

Make sure everything has its own place; this can be achieved through routine. For example you can have the utensils that are not used often tucked away in the cabinet while those that are frequently used in the rack. The dust bin also needs to have it own strategic position as well as kitchen appliances and equipment. This will make it easy to clean the kitchen as well as maintaining the same.

Keep it dry

Most bacteria thrive in damp places. Try to keep your kitchen area as dry as possible. Do away with wet sponges, surfaces or even the utensils. Dry the utensils after washing using kitchen towels then wash the towels in temperatures greater than 60 degrees Celsius and dry them in high temperatures..

Avoid transferring germs

Whether you are using a kitchen towel or a sponge make sure you wash it after every wipe. If you use it on another surface without washing is, it means that you are only transferring germs. Always wash your hands every time you handle something different in the kitchen. A very good percentage of germs in the kitchen are transferred by hand.

Do not keep dirty utensils

In most cases after dinner, it is very tempting to leave the dirty utensils so that they can be washed the next day. After all you are very tired. Well, don’t. Bacteria just like us need food to survive and leaving dirty utensils only give them more than enough food to thrive. You also wouldn’t’ want to wake up to a septic smell in the kitchen emanating from fermented remnants.

Disinfect food areas

Any areas that come in contact with foods such as: meat, eggs, vegetables among others, should be cleaned before and after they come in contact with these foods. Do not postpone; do it immediately.

Keep your rubbish bin clean

How? For starters, make sure it has a lid. This will obscure the bad sight and also reduce any smell that may come from it. Wash and disinfect the dust bin at least once a week to prevent any bacterial growth. If possible, empty your rubbish bin daily.

Clean all surfaces

Always clean the kitchen surfaces and disinfect them at all time, especially those commonly touched by people. These include: handles, buttons, door knobs, and light switches in the kitchen and its surroundings.

De-clog sinks monthly

Kitchen effluents deposit on the sink piping daily and if not checked from time to time it will lead to a sink blockage. It is therefore advisable to de-clog the sink at least once a month.

Pest control

No matter how much we try to keep the kitchen pest free, from time to time there is a possibility of having pests such as roaches in the kitchen. It is therefore important to seek the help of pest-control agency at least once in every six months.

Pick it up

It could be edible powder, bits of food or gravy accidentally dropped in the kitchen. In such an occurrence you should pick it up immediately and take care of the mess. This will avoid getting stuck or eventual summon of flies, pests, roaches and even mosquitoes.

Kitchen attire

Hair ties, apron and gloves should be used when in the kitchen. They should be kept clean and disinfected at all times. Gloves can prevent any part on your hand that could be bruised from coming in contact with food while aprons can prevent your clothes from being stained.

Clean the food

Vegetables and fruits should be washed with a lot of water (preferably lukewarm) before they are stored or used. Put meat into the freezer immediately you get it to the house because it is highly perishable.

Sanitize storage areas

Remember to wash storage areas at least once in every two months. This is where you keep kitchen ware and groceries.

Clean dusters and mops

Sweep and mop the floor twice daily then after using floor dusters and mops wash them thoroughly and dry them.