The kitchen is the live wire of any home. This is where all the cooking magic is performed. It is paramount to keep this place as clean and tidy as it can possibly be. Since this is the part of the house where the foodstuffs are kept, it basically serves as a safe haven for bacteria and other related pathogens. Every part of the kitchen can easily be a breeding ground for these bacteria. Without proper air circulation, the kitchen has just the right humidity for molds and mildew formation.
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Cleaning the kitchen need not be seen as something too stressful. Rather than wait till when things get all messy and dusty, cleaning the kitchen should be an ongoing, daily process. Here's how to do this without necessarily seeing it as a chore.
Clean While You Cook
Cleaning and cooking can go hand in hand and help minimize the stress of cleaning on its own. So you just finished slicing and dicing and got everything into the cooking pot on the stove. While you wait, take the time to wash the dishes you used. If you are lucky enough to have just few dishes to wash, try cleaning the tiles. The idea is to take small cleaning areas at a time. Cooking is done everyday, so this gives you ample time to make little cleaning become something amazing. Just be careful to avoid hurting yourself. Hot ovens and stoves should be avoided when cleaning. You can do these later when they cool off.
Air-Dry Your Dishes
For many of us, we are used to the idea of drying our dishes with a towel. Usually this serves as a good bonding time for partners, especially when both are in the kitchen. Since we are talking about doing little cleanings to make a difference in the kitchen, we may as well add this part. Drying the dishes with a towel is not bad in itself, one just needs to question the cleanliness of the towel. To avoid reintroducing bacteria from a not-so-clean towel to your washed dishes, try air-drying. Remember you're still in the kitchen, so why not just leave them out to dry. Isn't this what a dishwasher is designed for? Good to know you have one but you should also make sure you clean it regularly to avoid it becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.
Removing Dried-On Gunk
If you don't like washing the dishes, then one aspect of it you'd probably hate to do is scraping dried-on gunk. Ok I have to admit that it can sometimes be frustratingly annoying. If you want to make it easy for you, try soaking the dish in water for a while before washing. Another way is to place a wet towel on the dish and put in the microwave. Turn it on for a few minutes and you would observe that the steam generated will get the gunk off easily.
Store Things Properly
How well things are arranged in a kitchen actually goes a long way to determine if the kitchen looks tidy or unkempt. There are things we have stored in places that are either to fat from our reach or stressful to reach when needed. For example, instead of placing trash bags under the sink, why not place it close to the trash? You can keep it under the trash, so you would only need to take one out to replace the old one, instead of walking back to the sink.
The kitchen is just one area of the house that needs to be cleaned and maintained properly; there's no escaping it. So instead of waiting for one special day to do the cleaning, you can do it daily in small bits. Overtime, you will discover it to not just be a chore but a way of living.