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A clean kitchen is like a hot shower: It makes us feel so much better. Cleaning up the kitchen is part of cooking. Not only is it easier to cook and bake in a clean kitchen, but clean surfaces and storage containers will keep our family healthier and safer.
The ideal kitchen should have plenty of cupboards, drawers and a pantry to organize all of the food and utensils that are necessary for food preparation. Unfortunately, we don't all have that ideal kitchen. So, we must make adjustments. A kitchen crowded with small appliances, pots and pans can be extremely difficult to clean.
Many foods that we eat are raw when purchased and must be prepared in some way in order to eat it. We use the counter, cutting boards, and the sink to work with, clean and prep the foods. If not fully prepared before beginning, we touch drawers, cabinets, the fridge and possibly even the garbage during the process. This is a definite way to spread germs and other particles that are not healthy for us. Have a place for everything. It's much easier to use a utensil or appliance, clean it and put it away when it has a home.
Each kitchen will normally have at least a sink, stove, refrigerator, counters and cabinets. Everything that a kitchen contains can be cleaned very easily with warm soapy water and a clean cloth or sponge. The problem of cleaning a kitchen usually comes when spills and messes are not cleaned up when they occur. So a basic rule of kitchen cleaning is… do it on a regular basis and with soap and water.
Make Your Own Cleaning Solutions
- For your own window washing solution, mix 1/3 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol in a 1 quart spray bottle. Fill up with water.
- Dry baking soda cleans chrome perfectly.
- Cream of tartar and water mixed to a paste will clean porcelain.
- A paste of baking soda and water will clean coffee stains.
- Plain liquid Ivory soap mixed with water is one of the best all-purpose cleaners. You can keep this solution in a spray bottle, but only use a bit of soap or the mixture may become too foamy to spray.
- Clean up spills as they occur so you won't be faced with one huge cleaning session.
- Did you know that you use 20% of your utensils 80% of the time? Any tool or appliance which doesn't get used during a week of cooking should be cleaned and stored to save counter and cupboard space and cleaning time.
- It's easier to clean a grill if you do it after each use. Also oil the grill rack before each use to make cleanup easier.
- Once every 7-10 days, remove all the food from your refrigerator, wipe down the inside with warm soapy water, clean all the shelves and trays, then replace the food. As you work, check expiration dates and discard food past those dates. Place an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge.
- Once a month, remove all the food from your pantry, wipe down with a clean damp cloth, check for spoilage and expiration dates, then replace items in their designated places.
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