Spending your free time in the kitchen isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but once you start realizing how fun cooking really is, you’ll become more interested in it. However, before you start becoming a regular menu Fielded, you need to prepare your kitchen for the magic that’s about to happen. Therefore, here are some of the things you need to remember when cleaning your kitchen.
Make a Plan and Brace Yourself!
Before starting your kitchen spring cleaning, you must first make a solid plan, identify all the areas that need cleaning and calculate how much time you’ll need for each of them. Start with the fridge, freezer and dishwasher, continue with the cupboards and counters, then move onto the floor and tiles, and, in the end, take the trash to the dumpster.
Also, don’t forget to get all your supplies beforehand – or just make them on your own using borax, baking soda, vinegar and water – and put on some great music that will keep you moving. Keep in mind that deep cleaning is never easy, no matter how big or small your kitchen is, so make sure that you’re rested, relaxed and have enough free time on your hand.
Fridge and Freezer
The fridge is one of the trickiest areas to clean around the kitchen, yet it needs your full attention because this is where all your food is and you want it to be spotless. That’s why you might want to leave this part of the job for another day or just start with it while you’re fully motivated. What you need to do is pull everything out of your fridge and freezer, declutter it and throw away everything that’s past the expiration date – remember, eating stale food can seriously endanger your health, so keep it out of your kitchen.
Next, wash the shelves carefully, wipe them down and put them back. Do the same for the exterior, but take down all the magnets and school reports you might have there. Only then should you put the food back into the fridge and freezer, knowing these areas is now 100% clean.
Very few people are comfortable with washing their dishes for half an hour after every meal, which is why more and more of them equip their kitchens with a dishwasher. This device saves not only time and energy, but also money because it uses less water than most people do, so it’s quite efficient in the long run. However, it also craves for attention when it’s time for cleaning.
First, clean all the drains around your dishwasher and sink, just to be sure there’s nothing stuck there, blocking the water. While doing this on your own isn’t that hard, you should probably leave it to a professional, who can guarantee your pipes are in the perfect condition. After that, scrub the inside of your dishwasher, wash the drying rack, wipe the exterior carefully and, just to be certain everything is clean, run a sanitizing cycle – without the dishes, of course.
Cabinets and Drawers
Cleaning cabinets and drawers are rather simple – pull everything out, sort through your belongings, throw unnecessary stuff away, wipe the surfaces, replace dirty liners and put everything back in its place. This is an amazing opportunity to make a new organization of your drawers and cabinets and place your mugs, glasses and plates in an exciting way that will keep you inspired and remind you why you love spending so much time in the kitchen.
Clear the Air
Last but not least, you need to make sure the air in your kitchen is clean. No one likes cooking in a stinky kitchen so you need to make sure to get rid of the odor. You can easily do that by occasionally baking a small amount of cinnamon; brown sugar and butter for a few hours and leave the space smelling like freshly baked cookies. Another way is to invest in quality ventilation that will suck out all the bad smells and make the whole area healthier. Additionally, you can opt for several cute plants that will filter the air, and with some fresh flowers, you can make the kitchen smell like heaven. Lastly, you should think about how healthy the air actually is. Since there is plenty of cooking, the steam and heat are bound to induce condensation. So, think about getting an air purifier for mold. so you wouldn’t have any problems with those pesky fungi ruining your kitchen; both visually and health wise.
While these five ideas are going to make your kitchen spotless, you can also do a few other things – such as cleaning your oven, reorganizing your pantry and getting new kitchen devices, utensils and cutlery – that will really take it over the top. If you’re such a huge fan of cooking, treat yourself to something nice every once in awhile, making every new meal more interesting and tastier than before!