Kitchen cleaning

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, it's about more than just making it look good. A clean kitchen contributes to efficient meal preparation, reducing the risk of cross-contamination and foodborne illnesses. This guide will provide you with essential kitchen cleaning tips that will help you maintain an immaculate kitchen, ensuring both your food and your loved ones stay safe. 

Daily kitchen cleaning routine

Keeping your kitchen clean doesn't necessarily mean spending hours scrubbing every corner. Here are some fundamental kitchen cleaning tips for your daily routine:

  • Everyday cooking and meal preparation can leave your countertops cluttered and stained. After every use, make it a habit to wipe them down. This simple habit forms an essential part of cleaning the kitchen and helps prevent the build-up of food debris and bacteria.
  • A sink full of dirty dishes can make even the most pristine kitchen look messy. Plus, the longer you leave dishes unwashed, the more stubborn the food remnants become. As part of your kitchen cleaning routine, make sure to wash dishes promptly after meals. 
  • Even if your countertops are spotless and your sink is empty, a dirty floor can detract from the overall cleanliness of your kitchen. A quick sweep or mop after each meal can make a significant difference in the overall tidiness of your kitchen.

Kitchen cleaning tips for appliances 

Kitchen appliances are often the most used and typically the most overlooked when it comes to kitchen cleaning. Your stove, oven, microwave and refrigerator require regular cleaning to ensure they function well and continue to contribute to a healthy cooking environment. Here are some tips:

Stove cleaning

The stove tends to accumulate grease and food spills over time. Start by removing the grates and burners and soaking them in a mixture of warm water and degreasing dish soap. Remember to dry all parts thoroughly before reassembling to prevent rusting.

Oven cleaning

When cleaning the kitchen, the oven can be one of the more challenging appliances due to baked-on food residue. For a natural cleaning solution, create a paste using baking soda and water, apply it inside the oven and let it sit overnight. The next day, use a damp cloth to wipe out as much dried baking soda paste as you can, and then spray any remaining residue with vinegar to loosen it.

Microwave cleaning

For the microwave, a simple but effective method involves a bowl of water with a few slices of lemon. Heat this in the microwave until the water starts to boil. Leave the door closed for a few minutes to let the steam loosen any food splatters on the walls. Then, carefully remove the bowl and wipe the interior clean.

Refrigerator cleaning

Regularly cleaning your refrigerator helps prevent food odours and keeps your food fresher. Empty out the refrigerator, throw away any expired items and remove all the shelves and drawers. Wash these parts in warm soapy water. Wipe the inside of the refrigerator with a solution of water and baking soda (to neutralise odours). Dry all surfaces thoroughly before putting everything back.

How to clean your kitchen sink

Maintaining a clean kitchen sink is a key part of kitchen cleaning. Without regular cleaning, your sink can become a breeding ground for bacteria and a source of unpleasant odours. Here are some kitchen cleaning tips to help you keep your sink sparkling clean and odour-free:

  • Make it a habit to clean your sink daily after washing the dishes. 
  • Use mild dish soap and a soft sponge to scrub the entire sink, including the tap and handles. 
  • For disinfection, consider a solution of bleach and water (one tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water) — but remember to rinse thoroughly afterwards.

How to clean your garbage disposal

Dealing with smells from the garbage disposal is an important aspect of cleaning the kitchen. To freshen up your disposal, try grinding a few slices of lemon or lime along with some ice cubes. The citrus helps to deodorise, while the ice helps to scrape off any residue from the disposal blades.

Keeping your pantry clean

A clean and well-organised pantry makes meal planning and cooking easier, and also helps prevent pests and food waste. Here are some tips for cleaning kitchen pantries:

  • Empty your pantry entirely at least twice a year. Wipe down all shelves with a mild cleaner and then dry them thoroughly. 
  • Group similar items together (cans with cans, boxes with boxes) and use clear containers for bulk items like flour or rice. 
  • Always practice the "first in, first out" rule: When you buy new groceries, move older items to the front so they get used first. 

Cleaning the kitchen floor 

From spills and splatters to heavy foot traffic, your kitchen floor can take quite a beating on a daily basis. Depending on the type of flooring you have — whether it's tiles, hardwood or laminate — the cleaning methods can vary. Let's explore some kitchen cleaning tips for maintaining sparkling floors:

  • Tile flooring is common in kitchens due to its durability and easy maintenance. To clean, sweep or vacuum the floor first to remove any loose dirt. Then, mop the floor using a mild detergent mixed with warm water. For grout, consider using a baking soda paste and an old toothbrush to scrub it clean.
  • When cleaning kitchen hardwood floors, extra care should be taken. Too much water can damage them, so it's best to use a damp (not wet) mop or cloth. You can use a gentle, pH-neutral floor cleaner specifically designed for hardwood. Remember to immediately wipe up any spills to prevent water stains.
  • Cleaning kitchen laminate flooring requires a similar cleaning method to hardwood. Use a dry or damp mop instead of a wet one. A gentle cleaning solution of vinegar and water can effectively clean without leaving streaks. 

Shop for kitchen cleaning supplies from Kleva Range 

Now that you have these essential kitchen cleaning tips in hand, it's time to gather the necessary tools for the job. Kleva Range is here to cater to all your kitchen cleaning needs. From high-quality kitchen appliances that make cooking a joy to effective cleaning tools that can simplify the process of cleaning the kitchen, we've got you covered. Explore our range of products today, or contact our team if you have any questions.

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