Spending more time at home may compel you to do some much needed organization and cleaning. You’re likely be finding yourself in the kitchen more often, cooking meals or congregating with your families if you are on lockdown with them.
By methodically cleaning and organizing your kitchen, you will be doing yourself a favor. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that there are roughly 76 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually in the USA alone. Since you need to do what you can to safeguard your health, you’ll need to be particularly thorough about this. Moreover, decluttering and organizing your kitchen could help improve your mental health. Luckily, smaller kitchens are much more manageable and you can get started immediately.
Declutter and organize
Before you get cleaning, it’s wise to declutter your kitchen as much as you can. Throw out all your expired food, and donate appliances or tools that you do not use or do not see yourself using in the near future. Keep what you use most often within reach. Our guide to ‘Kitchen Cabinet Organizers (Corner and Pull Out Organizer Ideas)’ discusses how this storage option helps you maximize whatever space you have. By grouping items that you use together, you will be able to see which things you don’t need or use. It may take some trial and error to figure out what system works best for you, but once you make an initiative to do a major organizational change, you can easily make changes along the way. Note that less clutter will also mean that cleaning will be simpler and less time-consuming!
Do a deep clean – religiously
Once you have conducted a necessary decluttering check, you can move on towards giving your kitchen some TLC. A step-by-step guide by NBC News highlights the importance of putting any linens into the washing machine, as they easily get particles of food on them. Next, steam out your microwave with essential oil and water. Sponges can also easily be disinfected with a quick soak in water and spin in the microwave. You can then use this same essential oil mixed with water and vinegar to degrease your stovetops. Even though you regularly take out the garbage, you should still clean the trashcan with a vinegar-water solution and baking soda. You should be particularly conscious of wiping down your countertops with detergent and water or a disinfectant – especially on the areas where you do food prep.
Check for strange smells
Now is the time to take extra precaution when it comes to noticing suspicious odors in the kitchen. A HomeServe Living guide to getting rid of kitchen sink smells emphasizes how you will need to do some investigating in order to find the source of the aromas. Food and debris build-up can attract bacteria and even cause mold to thrive. To ensure that this does not contaminate your kitchen area, you can try a DIY method of draining pipes with boiling hot water and white vinegar, or even a combination of baking soda and vinegar. If you want to manage strange smells emanating from your sinks, make a habit of pouring baking soda or hot water down the hole to kill bacteria at least once a week. Dishwashers may similarly harbor foul odors and mineral build-up. The Spruce notes that a paste of baking soda and water, or a combination of vinegar and essential oils can be used to clean the machine as well.
Cleaning your kitchen should not be a one-time event, but a regular activity. When your kitchen is spick and span, you will have peace of mind and enjoy this part of your home worry-free.