Last weekend while visiting a friend, she confessed to me that cleaning her kitchen was a big problem. At first I thought my friend was joking until we walked into her kitchen.
I will spare you the details of the state of the kitchen. But all I can say is that it was not a good sight. It was at my friend’s house that I resolved to write this article.
As a matter of fact I realised that cleaning the kitchen may not be as easy as one may imagine. In fact cleaning a kitchen requires a lot of attention. This is because that’s where food is prepared and you wouldn’t want it contaminated.
Gather all the equipment you think you will need for cleaning your kitchen. Investing in a basket or container which can hold all your cleaning products will ease the exercise.
Always keep your cleaning equipment in a secure location (out of the reach of children) in or close to your kitchen. When you are ready to clean, your cleaning supplies will be at hand.
Or in case of emergency (spilt milk or food) around the kitchen, it’s easier for you to clear the mess. It is advisable to use rubber gloves, as chemicals in most cleaning products can damage the skin.
Besides gloves, to lessen damage to your hands, you should try using natural cleaning products. Every time you decide to do the general cleaning, always begin with the “hard stuff.” Clean the refrigerator, the oven and the stove.
It is better to apportion your cleaning. This will make the process less tiring and more fruitful. You can split your cleaning into days (perhaps 3 days-Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
For instance the second day can be reserved for the ceiling, walls, and kitchen cabinets. Use this opportunity to get rid of what you do not need and keep what you need.
Cleaning the ceiling and walls
When cobwebs rule your ceiling and the top corners of your walls, it’s time for an overthrow. Your broom is an effective weapon. Use your broom; sweep the cobwebs off your ceiling and walls.
To avoid having to clean cobwebs off your broom, before you begin, wrap a cloth around it. The cloth can just be thrown away or in the wash afterward. Next, give the walls a wash. You can use an all purpose cleaner mixed in a bucket of water and a sponge or rag.
Dip the sponge into the bucket and wipe the entire wall starting from the bottom moving up the wall. Then rinse the wall with a different sponge dipped in water. Finally mop the floor and if you can, polish it with wax.
Keep a set of wipers around the kitchen. Every time food spills on the floor or anywhere on the stove, wipe it off immediately. Clean the kitchen cloths and wipers on a daily basis.
Never leave dirty dishes, always clean the dishes after using them even if it is late in the night. This will help you to keep your kitchen clean and tidy.