A recent study found that one in seven home kitchens could not pass the same kind of scrutiny that restaurant kitchens are held to when it comes to cleanliness and food safety. Is your kitchen clean?
No one wants to spend their time cleaning but there are tricks and tips to keeping your kitchen cleaner. Whether you cook every day or a few times a week, your kitchen could make you sick if you do not keep it clean.
The first step to making it easier to keep your kitchen clean is to lessen the clutter in your kitchen. Clutter invites more clutter and not only makes it harder to prepare a meal but makes it harder to keep surfaces clean. Only you know what will work best in your kitchen. If you have appliances that you do not use, get rid of them. It is impossible to keep a space clean when it is filled with things that you do not even use. Re-organize your kitchen to simplify it. Appliances like blenders with food processing attachments are better than having separate appliances for different purposes.
Once you have organized, get out your cleaning supplies. Having a good stock of necessary cleaning products makes it easier to maintain your kitchen. One of my tips for keeping your kitchen clean is to wipe down surfaces after using and never put off cleaning up after preparing food.
Once you discover products that you like and feel perform well, buy them in larger bottles, keeping the smaller size for everyday use. A disinfecting surface cleaner is great for quickly spraying on countertops and tables to clean up easy messes. A heavy-duty degreasing spray is needed for stoves. Scouring pads for heavy duty cleaning are good to have also. Regular bleach is good for disinfecting but consider what kind of surfaces you use it on.
Keeping your floor clean is important in your kitchen also. Getting in the habit of sweeping after meal prep and eating (if you have an eat-in kitchen) will help it appear cleaner. Washing your floor is so much easier than in grandma’s day with disposable pads for sweepers. Chose what works best for you by determining how high traffic your space is and what kind of flooring you have.
Don’t forget about ceiling fans. Many kitchens have them but because of the steam from cooking, they can attract dust and grime which if you do not clean them often, the dust gets blown around your kitchen and lands wherever it chooses. It can make you have to clean more often when all you really need to do is to clean the blades of the fan more often. Use a degreaser for heavy-duty dirt and grime removal and to maintain the blades, use a feather duster sprayed with glass or all-purpose cleaner.
If you clean as you go in your kitchen and try to keep it organized, you will have a cleaner kitchen without a lot of work. Once you do the hard job of making your space efficient for your lifestyle, keeping it clean is just a matter of cleaning up after you use it.
For the details about the survey on food safety tips in the kitchen, use the following link.