There are several items in your kitchen that need cleaning attention on a regular basis, but how often do you need to clean them? Read on to find out.
Garbage, Recycling, and Compost Bins
Over time the odors that are housed within your refuse bins will start to leach into them. Once every three months you should be giving your bins a good cleaning, unless the inner bag or liner has been leaking and then you need to clean them out right away. After taking out the garbage bring your bins outside for a good cleaning. Rinse out the inside with the hose and then sprinkle it with a generous dusting of borax or baking soda. Let the borax or baking soda sit for about 20 minutes and then scrub the inside walls with a brush. After a good scrub of every inch, rinse the bin again and let it air dry in the sun.
The fridge is like the hub of the kitchen. Everyone in the family is constantly in and out of it. Many things happen in your fridge including food spills, leaks, and decaying food stinking it up. Check your fridge for old food once a week and give the interior a good wipe down once a month. This means removing all of the items off the shelves and out of the drawers. You can use an all-purpose cleaning spray to get the job done. Spray it and allow it to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes then wipe clean. You can clean you drawers by wiping them down or it may be easier to pull them out completely and wash them in the sink the same way you would hand wash dishes. Once it is all clean and tidy replace all of your fresh food and add in a container of baking soda to absorb odors.
Oven mitts often are forgotten when it comes to cleaning. Since you grab hot plates of food several times with them, they are likely to become stained and dingy. About every three months it is a good idea to toss oven mitts in the washing machine or more often if it just feels like they need a good cleaning. If your mitts are looking worn out or thin no matter how much you wash them it may be time to buy new ones.
Towels are a kitchen staple for many uses from hand drying to fruit washing. Replace all of your kitchen towels every 24 to 48 hours depending upon how much they are used. It is a good idea to have a large pile of towels on hand so you have enough to use while cleaning the others.
No one really loves cleaning the oven, but it needs to be done. Two to four times a year you should run the self- clean in your oven and then scrub down the insides. Don’t forget about the oven racks. It is also a good idea to spot clean the oven as spills happen so you don’t end up having to chisel off old crusty food.
Counters. Floors, Backsplash
Ideally the counters in your kitchen should be cleaned nightly, the floors at least weekly, and the backsplash weekly. Depending on the finish material they are made up of they may need to have a professional cleaning once a year. Any hardwood, tile, and natural stone surfaces should be deep cleaned yearly. Grout and natural stone also should have a sealant applied.
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