Let’s face it: we make a mess in the kitchen every day. This doesn’t have to mean the large-scale kind but the small ones like spilled liquids, scattered eggshells, or burnt foods. A kitchen mess can also be something that’s been going on unnoticed yet compromising the area’s sanitation as time goes by. This could be the accumulation of dust atop the cabinets or that suspicious odor wafting from the pantry.
Whatever the kind of mess you have within your kitchen, it helps to learn tips on how to clean one up quickly. The following are time-saving kitchen hacks you can apply in cleaning up.
Clean From Top To Bottom
Kitchen experts agree that it’s optimal to clean from top to bottom. Think about it: cleaning the floor first would be impractical if you still have to walk all over it to sweep some dirt off the top surfaces. Having said this, it’s better to prioritize the latter. Clean the dust or other particles off your fridge, window, or cabinet tops. Let particles and your footprints stay the floor in the meantime.
Another upside to this is that focusing first on the things that are eye-level can let you ascertain whether or not things need rearranging. It would be a hassle if you realize this once you’re in the middle of cleaning the floor. In case you need to rearrange your fridge, tables, and chairs, you can clean up their hidden spots that have had dust on them.
Have A Fire Extinguisher Always Ready
Sometimes, the mess in a kitchen might get dangerous if not handled immediately. A popular example would be overcooked foods that have started to burn or choke the air with smoke. This could result in either a minor inconvenience such as a noisy triggered alarm or a serious emergency like a house fire.
This explains the importance of investing in fire extinguishers for the kitchen. As a homeowner, having just one shouldn’t make you complacent. Make sure there’s an extinguisher in the kitchen or any fire hazard place in the house like the garage or basement.
Avoid Using Sponges On Countertops
When cleaning spills on countertops, be it sauce from a cooked dish or liquid from thawing meat, avoid using sponges. Not many may know, but these objects are breeding grounds for bacteria. This happens when they are left in a damp location instead of being left to dry. Use towels, paper napkins, and other more sanitary means to wipe spills on the countertops. Otherwise, you’d be spreading the germs on the surface whenever you use a sponge.
If you need to use the sponge for other uses, eliminate the bacteria through heat. Microwave a damp sponge or immerse it in the heated water of a dishwasher. Leaving them for a minute should be enough. Once you do this, molds, bacteria, and yeast should be killed by the heat. After this, don’t forget to leave the sponges somewhere dry enough to ensure sanitation.
Wash Fruits With A Scrub Brush
The next time you need to prepare fruits or vegetables as sliced ingredients or light meals, you need to wash them with a scrub brush. Fruits and greens with hard surfaces or rinds might have dirt and bacteria that can’t be removed through mere washing by hand. Using a scrub brush enables you to remove the dirt off the surfaces of your products more effectively.
Besides dirt and bacteria, your fruits and vegetables might also have wax and chemicals that are still on their surfaces. This makes scrub brushing all the more necessary. It’s easy to determine if the product you have needs scrub brushing since the dirt or chemicals might manifest as odd spots or texture.
Use Airtight, Shallow Storage For Leftovers
Properly storing leftovers is another way to not make a mess in the kitchen. Make sure that the leftovers are stored in airtight and shallow containers to avert spoilage. The airtight nature prevents microorganisms from reaching the stored food while the shallow feature ensures the container and the food will cool quickly once put in the fridge.
Shallow containers ensure that the leftover food just has enough space inside the storage. If the food is placed in a container that’s too large for it, the cooling period might take longer than usual. In the duration it would take to cool, bacterial growth might have already begun in the food. This explains why leftovers should be stored quickly.
Clean Your Cutting Boards According To Their Material
Cutting boards come in many shapes, sizes, and (more importantly in this case) material. Are you using a one that’s made of bamboo, glass, cork, or plastic? It’s important to know your cutting board type as each one has specific cleaning directions. Washing your cutting boards without regard for their material could prove ineffective in cleaning them.
To effectively clean the cutting board use hot water and soap in washing them. Boards made of solid wood, plastic, or glass can be placed inside the dishwasher. If you have these but are laminated, it’s better to just handwash them as the heat in the dishwasher might crack and split the laminated cutting boards.
A Well-Cleaned Kitchen
In reading the tips above, you’ll know that maintaining a well-cleaned kitchen is quite easy. You just need to pay attention to details you might have thought didn’t matter. Cleaning the kitchen from top to bottom makes more sense than doing the opposite. Having a fire extinguisher ready can save you in cases of cooking gone awry. Washing your produce thoroughly protects you from bacteria, as does keeping damp sponges away from countertops. Leftovers stored properly and cleaning your cutting boards carefully ensures food is not wasted and is safe to eat. Just keep these hacks in mind the next time you’re in the kitchen.