Throughout history, the kitchen has been one of the most popular communal spaces in a home -from cooking with family or using it as an entertainment space. However, the kitchen has several other uses other than simply a place where food is prepared. Often the pride and joy of our home, we like to make sure our kitchen is clean for aesthetic reasons, but it is also key for obvious hygienic reasons.
It is safe to say that no one enjoys cleaning their kitchen, but it is one of those jobs which needs to be done frequently. From cooking two meals a day, working full time and looking after the children, keeping on top of how clean your kitchen is can be quite the challenge. Things can get messy in the kitchen and when you are in a rush and left with no time clean, the task can feel overwhelming. This guide will give you all the ins and outs of how to keep on top of cleaning your kitchen, in line with your busy lifestyle.
This guide will show you that keeping your kitchen clean doesn’t need to take over your life or be a long-winded process. With the right approach, you can tackle this task with ease. Following this process will help you to take a practical and methodical approach to keeping your kitchen clean.
- Adjust to your weekly routine or plans.
- Keep your kitchen organised.
- Clean the floor or surfaces when spills occur.
- Clean while you wait.
- Have a set time for doing bigger jobs.
1. Adjusting it to your time
Cleaning your kitchen does not need to take over your life and determine when you meet friends or go out. You can add small bits of cleaning your kitchen to your daily routine. For example, wash up some left-over dishes while you are waiting for the kettle to boil or the toaster to pop. It is vital you do not make cleaning your kitchen feel like a chore you must do every day. Doing small bits here and there will make the larger clean so much quicker and easier. The goal is to keep on top of things, while not spending an endless amounts of time scrubbing.
2. Keep your kitchen organised
Your kitchen often looks worse than it is. We like to have as much kitchenware, plates, pots, and pans as our kitchen can hold. With having such a number of items, our kitchen can become disorganised, messy and cluttered, making our kitchens look messier than they actually are. To help you make cleaning your kitchen easier, organising your kitchen properly will allow you to speed up the cleaning process. Organise your kitchen into distinct sections for your pans, utensils, etc. Hopefully, this will clear up your kitchen tops, making it easier and quicker for you to clean
3. Clean up spills as they occur
We often neglect or ignore spills when we are in a rush, leaving them to fester, dry and often stain the work surfaces, when a simple wipe when it occurred would suffice. Dealing with the problem when it occurs, will save you spending extra time cleaning it up later when you didn’t need to. So how do you deal with a spill that has dried up and potentially stained?
Like cleaning your oven, you need to let the stain soak in a mixture of baking soda and warm water and let it sit for a short period of time. Diluting the dried mess will allow you to easily wipe the spill and hopefully the stain with it. For a spill which occurs on the floor, you will simply need to mop it up with warm water and floor cleaner (washing up liquid will do). It is important you don’t use too much water, as this could cause the floor to lift with damp.
4. Clean while you wait for things to cook
In a similar vein to the previous point, cleaning while you wait will save you having to spend more time after you have finished cooking or eating. Once you have finished with a pan, soak it straight away, this will not give it a deeper clean but will allow you to scrub it while you wait for the next item to finish. Once you have finished with a chopping board wipe it down and get rid of the excess rubbish. The best example is when you make a cake, you have made the batter in a bowl and put it in the oven to bake, on the counter you have scales, flower on the counter and the bowl to clean. While the cake is in the oven, you have 20 spare minutes to bring your kitchen back to normality – make use of that precious time!
5. Set aside time for bigger jobs
Unfortunately, you cannot do everything while you wait for things to cook, or the kettle to boil, you will need to set some time aside for the bigger and more boring jobs. Hopefully, if you have followed the advice given and have saved yourself some time and cleaned up as you have gone on, all you need to focus on now is your deep clean. This is not a job you need to repeat every week, but it is a job you do need to do regularly.
A deep clean allows you to get to every part of your kitchen, it is your chance to properly disinfect the surfaces, defrost your fridge and most importantly clean your oven. Find out the services we provide to help you with your deep clean. When you are deep cleaning your kitchen, it is important to:
- Clean the insides of your oven. Fridge, freezer and cupboards – use a specialist kitchen cleaner and microfibre cloth.
- Scrub the outer surfaces – you will just need to use warm water and washing up liquid.
- Pay considerable attention to the hobs.
- Sweep and mop the floors.