An inviting kitchen beckons you to gather your family and friends together for food and connection. A bright, clean eating area is the ideal backdrop for the lovingly prepared dishes you create for your loved ones as it encourages everyone to linger and chat. Having a few cleaning tips will help.
Here are six cleaning tips that will make your kitchen sparkle.
How often do you mutter things to yourself as you scramble to locate all of the ingredients that you need for dinner? Too many kitchens suffer from a severe lack of organization, and the result is often a messy and challenging cooking space. Professional chefs recommend that you keep every kitchen item in a handy location. So, for example, dishwashing supplies belong near the kitchen sink and dishwasher. Trust us; keeping your kitchen clean is a much more manageable job when everything in it has a permanent spot.
#2: Plants clean the air
Did you know that scientists think that it’s possible that the common house plant might do a terrific job of cleaning the air in your home? Sunset magazine suggests the (1) peace lily, (2) rubber plant, and (3) Boston fern as examples of plants that add potential air scrubbing characteristics and the beauty of nature into your kitchen. What’s more, research shows that living around plants makes people happy and we think that’s more than worth the price of a pretty potted plant.
#3: Freshen up the garbage disposal
Garbage disposals are notorious stink producers, and your kitchen will smell a whole lot better if you banish the odors rising from the bowels of the sink. Fortunately, some of the best odor eaters come from things that you probably already have within easy reach. Try grinding up lemon and lime rinds. You can also try pouring some baking soda along with warm running water down the drain.
#4: Choose the right countertop cleaner
Did you know that you shouldn’t use vinegar on a marble countertop? Your Mother was correct when she told you that vinegar is a spectacular cleaner, but acidic substances like vinegar easily scratch marble. Still, since it’s vital to your family’s health that you maintain clean countertops, investing in the appropriate cleaner is a smart idea. Read here for advice on choosing the right type of cleanser for your countertops.
#5: Deodorize the dishwasher
Does your dishwasher smack you in the face with a nasty odor every time that you open its door? Unfortunately, while dishwashers make cleaning dishes unbelievably than in the old days of handwashing every pot and plate, they do tend to absorb bad odors. You can banish bad dishwasher smells by running it empty with some vinegar and baking soda.
#6: Polish the inside of the microwave
We’ve saved one of our favorite cleaning tips for last. We wanted to give you a cleaning related task involving the vinegar in your pantry. Real Simple suggests that you mix a cup of water and a few tablespoons of vinegar (white or apple cider) into a microwavable bowl. Place it into the microwave and run the microwave on high until the liquid is boiling and steamy. Turn off the microwave and walk away from it for five minutes. Now, open the door and discover how super simple it is to wipe down the inside of the microwave.
Lastly, coming home to a lovely kitchen to cook and reconnect with the people who you love is one of life’s great joys. Maintaining a bright kitchen isn’t hard. Our cleaning tips are an excellent way to start shaping up your cooking spaces. If you’d like assistance with an in-depth kitchen cleaning routine, contact us at Love My Maids for a practical and affordable cleaning plan.