9 kitchen cleaning mistakes you’re probably making…

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The kitchen is the epicentre of the home. It’s where we spend a considerable amount of time as well as eating, drinking and socialising, which means it gets dirty pretty quickly!

We thought we’d provide you with some useful tips that you can factor into your daily/weekly kitchen cleaning routine – not just wiping down surfaces but all out warfare on grease and appliance cleaning!

1. You’re not wiping handles and knobs

Cupboard doors and knobs are arguably parts of our kitchens we touch most out of any surface. From opening the fridge, to touching bottles and jars with unwashed hands, we’ve all been there.

Wipe down handles, knobs, buttons and taps regularly with an antibacterial solution to minimise the transfer of bacteria from one surface to another. Some key bacteria hotspots include microwave buttons, oven doors, fridge handles, taps and kettle handles.

2. You’re not using lemon and baking soda to loosen up burnt-in residue

If you’re fed up of scrubbing away at your coffee pot and baking trays, you’ve got to try this miracle hack for lifting burnt food away easily.

All you need to do is mix lemon and baking soda and rub it into the burnt area. Give it a good few minutes to work into the burn and keep rubbing (we like using the back of a wooden spoon). You’ll find the burnt particles come away very easily. Once you’re satisfied with how much has come off, wash the item as usual.

3. You’re not cleaning your cooker hood filter regularly

You might not see or notice this very often but if you’re a keen cook, the chances are you use it a lot. We’re talking about your cooker hood filter.

Check your manufacturer’s website for the model of your cooker hood to find out how recommend you clean it. It takes a matter of minutes and will totally improve the efficiency of your appliance. Of course, that means more chips for us all.

4. You’re not cleaning your chopping boards properly

Untreated wooden boards can harbour lots of germs you can’t see. As thoroughly as you may have washed them, food residue can seep into the wood grain and if left for long periods of time, promote the growth of unwanted bacteria.

If you have wooden chopping boards, ensure they are treated and try this simple cleaning trick after use. Sprinkle table salt over the board, take half a lemon slice-side-down and use it to rub the salt into the board. The little grains of salt will penetrate into the wood grain, resulting in a cleaner board. Once you’re done, give the board a wash with hot, soapy water and leave it to dry thoroughly before putting it away.

5. You’re not wearing gloves when handling chemicals

Don’t ruin your awesome manicure with harsh detergents. Skin is the largest organ on the human body and it’s incredibly good at absorbing anything that lands on our skin.

When you’re using chemical-based products to clean your kitchen, it’s really important to make sure you’re wearing rubber gloves.

6. You’re not clearing and cleaning out your fridge regularly

The fridge is the place we all go to when our bellies are grumbling for something delicious to be concocted. Clearing out and wiping down the surfaces of your fridge regularly does not only stave off any nasty germs, it also gives you a chance to check use by dates and put leftovers to good use.

We recommend checking use by dates weekly and cleaning the fridge as regularly as you can. If your time schedule doesn’t allow for it to be done as often as you’d like, once a month is good enough.

7. You’re overloading your dishwasher

You probably think you’re being really smart and resourceful by cramming as many items into your dishwasher as possible. The likely outcome of loading your dishwasher to the brim will be that your dishes don’t get as clean as they should.

Another great dishwasher tip is to alternate placing spoons with the handles up and down, but keep forks with their tines pointing upward. This means they won’t bunch together and resist being cleaned.

8. You’re not cleaning the kitchen sink

Just because you run soapy water in your sink a few times a day doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean it.

Your sink is a damp environment that thrives on bacteria, especially when you think about what’s lurking on your sponge and around the drain. If you regularly leave packages of meat out to thaw in the sink, you’ll definitely want to use an antibacterial cleaner.

9. You’re using the same sponge everywhere

Think about it, you’ve just wiped down a super dirty surface with a rag and then use the same one to wipe down another surface on the other side of the room.

Bacteria from the first surface has just been transferred from the dirtier surface to the not-so dirty one. You might be over-using your cleaning cloth and spreading germs without even realising it. Even if your sponge doesn’t look too old, it should be replaced regularly as it’s used so often and on surfaces we utilise to prepare our daily meals.

You’re welcome 🙂

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