The kitchen is one of the busiest places in our homes, and the kitchen is where we spend the most time cooking all that fabulous food for our family and friends.
Keeping your kitchen clean shouldn’t be too complicated or feel like a grueling task each day. If we follow some simple, easy-to-do tasks, we can keep our kitchen clean and focus on all the cooking.
1. Learn To Clean Keep Your Faucets Clean With Vinegar And Plastic Bags
This cleaning hack will remove all that yucky grime, limescale, and buildup that gets in our kitchen faucets, and you can also use it in your shower faucets. You don’t want to be drinking water that goes through all that yucky grime. Right?
- Start by taking a sandwich bag, or any small plastic bag will do.
- Add baking soda and vinegar to the bag, filling it almost entirely.
- Place the bag into the faucet making sure it covers the whole end of the faucet, and make sure it’s fully submerged in the vinegar baking soda mix.
- Tie a rubber band around the faucet or a hair tie will also work.
- Let the faucet sit in the vinegar for a few hours before removing it.
This hack will nicely remove all the grime and limestone from the faucet.
2. Clean And Sanitize Your Sink
Did you know that our kitchen sink has more bacteria than our toilet bowls? I know it’s hard to believe, but according to this Food & Wine article. Your kitchen sink is, in fact, dirtier than your bathroom toilet bowl.
We at Home & Housekeeping recommend doing a daily kitchen sink scrub. It won’t take that long, and we recommend that you do this every evening, so when you wake up, you can make breakfast in a nice clean kitchen with a nice clean, sanitized kitchen sink.
Lemon water, baking soda, and vinegar are a great old natural way of disinfecting sinks and can clean some bacteria, but you could also use bleach.
We like to use Bon-Ami this Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is excellent for Kitchens & Bathrooms.
It cleans surfaces, cleans grime and dirt, polishes surfaces, and absorbs odors.
3. Keep Your Dishwasher Clean
Like cleaning our stoves, kitchen sink, and other necessary kitchen appliances, we need to keep our dishwasher clean.
We don’t need to clean our deep clean our dishwasher daily, but it’s a good idea to do that once a month.
Once a month, add white vinegar to a safe dishwasher bowl and place it on the upper deck of the dishwasher. We recommend adding a squeeze of lemon to the vinegar, so you get that lovely fresh lemon smell. Once done, make sure the dishwasher is empty turn it on in the hottest setting.
Make sure you clean your drain trap by removing it and disassembling it. Once you’ve done that, use a small sponge or a toothbrush and some dish soap to clean the drain trap, removing any old food or mold.
4. Deep Clean Your Oven
Probably the most used kitchen appliance in our house next to using a stove. The oven in most homes gets used a lot, so it has all those splits and splatters from foods.
We used only to use baking soda and vinegar. While this is a great natural option, we have used The Pink Stuff, and this works like a charm on all hard-to-clean food stains.
We use the pink stuff with Scrub Daddy and warm water. You can also use a scraper if necessary to clean out those hard food leftovers.
5. Keep Your Stainless Steel Appliances Looking Shiny And Fresh
Start by cleaning your stainless steel appliances with warm water and mild dish soap. We like to use Mrs. Meyers because they smell divine and are not toxic. Once done entirely, rise out all dish soap and wipe the remaining water off with a dry dishtowel.
After cleaning, we recommend using wax paper to make your stainless steel appliances shine and look brand new.
More cleaning tips here!