- Kitchen Duty DIY Tips -
Thanks for Joining Us Today... 11/4/2021
Are you feeling a bit stressed about preparing your home for the upcoming major holidays? Me too, however, I have learned a few simple tricks that has helped me to cut my household cleaning time in half. We all know neglecting to clean your kitchen on a regular basis can have detrimental consequences on your family. Especially during these uncertain times, when people around the world are desperately trying to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the kitchen is where our food preparation is performed, avoiding the cleaning of the area can result in food poisoning from cross contamination and other such harmful things. As such maintaining a hygienic kitchen environment is essential. This involves the wiping of counter tops and cleaning of any items used in the preparation or consumption of the food.
Leaving food covered kitchen utensils around allows harmful bacteria to grow and spread throughout your kitchen. If you have small children, keeping your kitchen clean should become all the more vital as children can be rather curious and may be inclined to eat something that has been sitting out for quite some time gathering bacteria.
There are many products available on the market that one can use to disinfect their kitchen space. Some may be better than others but as long as they have a sterilizing agent in them, they will be sufficient for cleaning your kitchen. It is suggested that you clean your kitchen at least once a day with whatever disinfectant you choose. There are an abundance of other hygienic tips that help to prevent food poisoning that one should follow in the kitchen as well.
Since your hands and food act to contaminate each other, it is important that you wash them with anti-bacterial soap previous to and following the handling of risky foods. Utilizing different utensils for raw and cooked foods is necessary as well. It is also crucial that appliances, and not just counter tops and dishes, be cleaned regularly. Refrigerators should be scoured at least once a month and ovens, microwaves and other appliances should be cleaned whenever they show signs of filth. Changing towels in your kitchen is a must as well, as they become havens for bacteria when damp.
Now, let's get started using these easy clean up tips!
Make Appliances Sparkle
If you have white appliances in your kitchen, here's a few cleaning tips that will keep them from yellowing.
8 cups of water
1/2 cup of chlorine bleach
1/2 cup of baking soda
2 tablespoons borax
Thoroughly wash white appliances. Don't use your everyday dishcloth to clean your appliances. It will transfer grease and smear the finish. Rinse well and dry. Use care while you're cleaning around carpet and fabric.
Deodorizing the Microwave
To keep your microwave clean, dampen a cloth and place it in the center of your microwave. Set your microwave to high and let your cloth cook for at least 30 to 40 seconds. Any harden spills inside your microwave will loosen from the steam that the cloth creates. After the cloth cools, you will be able to thoroughly clean the inside of your microwave.
Give your microwave a clean, fresh smell by placing a bowl of water in it. Add 3 to 4 slices of fresh lemon or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the bowl of water. Set your microwave to high and let the water cook for 30 to 60 seconds. To get rid of strong odors like burned popcorn, place vanilla extract in a bowl of water and let it cook for 30 seconds. You will need to keep your microwave door closed for about 12 hours to absorb the strong odor. Afterwards wipe down the inside of your microwave.
Clean Drains Once-a-Month
Pour baking soda into the drain and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. A small volcano will erupt. Next, cover the drain with a small pot top cover and let it sit for several minutes. Flush the drain with cold water after 30 minutes.
Make Your Own Disinfecting Cleanser
To make a non-abrasive scouring powder for disinfecting, combine 4 parts baking soda, 1 part borax together and store the mixture in a container.
*Contributing Guest Writer: Jordi Shoman