Written by Karen Bates (last updated December 28, 2020)
The kitchen is a place where a lot goes on. Cooking, dishes, socializing, meals, snacking; people spend a lot of time in this room, and it seems like endless hours of food preparation take place here.
Hopefully you enjoy the time spent in your kitchen. After all, if you are going to be potentially passing hours a week in a room, you might as well like the atmosphere. Decorating and furnishing your kitchen the way you like can help you better enjoy the time you spend in the kitchen, but having a clean kitchen is probably the most important thing of all.
Cleaning the kitchen is by no means a fun job, but it is an important one. You definitely want the space you use to eat and prepare meals to be spotless, not only for aesthetic reasons but also for health reasons. If your kitchen is dirty, you might worry about spreading illness. And if you have to work or eat in a dirty kitchen, it will likely dampen your mood.
There are several areas of the kitchen that will each require you to use certain cleaning methods. A good place to start the process is by simply clearing away the clutter on your counters and table. Come up with a system of organization for any items that are just sitting around. Clean the counters and table thoroughly with a cleaning solution and washcloth or sponge, then dry off before placing items back on the surface.
The sink should be cleaned regularly with cleanser and then rinsed, and if you have a disposal you should run it often to avoid nasty smells and build up. You can freshen up your sink by tossing some lemon or orange peel into the disposal before running it.
The cabinets in your kitchen can start to look shabby after years of use. Use a gentle cleaner to wipe away spots and messes without harming the wood or finish, then wipe dry. Don't scrub the surface with anything harsh or abrasive.
You should sweep and mop the floor regularly to reduce dirt build up on your tile or linoleum. Sweep as needed and mop a few times per month with some concentrated cleaner in water.
Keep your range and oven clean by clearing away crumbs and debris often. Wipe spills away as soon as possible after they occur to stop stubborn stains from forming. Use your oven's self-cleaning feature as needed to get your oven its cleanest.
Having a clean kitchen can help your time spend in this room to be a little more enjoyable. Don't let messes build up—this only causes stress, so do a little cleaning everyday to help stay on top of the mess.
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