Kitchen cleaning, undoubtedly, is one of the most tiring and time-consuming chores in a household. Especially when you do not make an effort to minimize the clutter on an everyday basis, it would be difficult for you to clean up a kitchen mess. Are you one of those who takes shortcuts when cleaning the kitchen before, during, or after use? Here are 5 kitchen cleaning mistakes you’ve probably made and ways on how to do it right:
- Using a laundry bar for washing the dishes
At times when you run out of dishwashing soap, you might have used a laundry bar to wash your dishes. Though a laundry bar could clean the dishes, this is the kind of soap which leaves a residue when not rinsed well. It sure would make your food less appetizing when there’s soap residue left on the plate, so it’ll be better to use dishwashing soap.
- Rinsing a sponge to make it clean
A sponge not only seeps water and liquids well but also food particles and germs which may casually spread from one plate to another if it isn’t it isn’t rinsed well. Aside from changing your sponges at least twice a month or heating a wet sponge inside a microwave, another effective way to clean it is by using liquid bleach. Do this by soaking the sponge in a mixture of 1 part water and 3 parts bleach for about 3 minutes. Also, make sure that you use a designated sponge for different uses, and not using the same sponge to wash the dishes, to wipe countertops, or to clean tables.
- Missing out on cleaning knobs and handles
Knobs and handles are mostly touched parts of the house. When cleaning the sink, you might just focus on the sink alone that you forget to clean the faucet knob. All knobs or handles are susceptible to germs as you and other members of the family touch these several times in a day, not knowing whether they’ve washed their hands or not. To prevent the spread of germs, wipe metal and plastic knobs, faucets, or handles especially of microwaves, refrigerator, pot and pans, cabinets, and faucets with disinfectant at least twice a week.
- Cleaning with bare hands
The kitchen cleaning products that you use at home contain a lot of chemicals (unless they’re organic or all-natural) which may harm your skin. As an absorbent part of the body, you may experience allergies or reactions from those chemicals, so it’s better to use a pair of gloves as you do your cleaning.
- Cleaning a stove without removing the removable stove burners
As one of the greasiest appliances in the kitchen, the stove should be cleaned well and regularly to avoid oil and dirt buildup. If you are using a stove with removable burners, be sure not to miss them when cleaning. And instead of using a sponge for scrubbing, soak them first on warm water with dishwashing soap. After about 5-10 minutes, coat the burner with a thick paste made of water and baking soda. This would help soften the food and oil residue, making it easier for scrubbing.
Kitchen cleaning sure isn’t an easy task, but as long as you know the right ways to do it using the right materials and cleaning products, everything would go spic and span. For a more effective and economical kitchen cleaning, use Kalinisan Chemicals’ kitchen cleaning products such as Kalinisan Clean Solutions Dishwashing Liquid (in Lemon, Kalamansi, & Anti-Bacterial), Kalinisan Clean Solutions Disinfectant, and Kalinisan Clean Solutions Liquid Bleach as you follow the tips mentioned above.
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