5 Common Kitchen Items That You Should Be Cleaning Regularly
Your kitchen is the place where you cook for your family and that is the last place where you would like the germs to breed. Unfortunately, there are several common kitchen items that often become the breeding ground for germs. Thus, it’s important to regularly clean them.
Here are some common items in your kitchen that you should regularly clean:
1. Cutting board: Cutting boards are the most used kitchen tools. But when not cleaned properly they can lead to cross-contamination. To properly clean your cutting boards use warm water and dish soap. If your board smells odd, just pour baking powder and white vinegar in equal parts on the entire board. Let it sit for a few minutes and then give it a good rinse.
2. Kitchen countertop: It’s easy to wipe the kitchen countertop with a sponge but it’s not quite enough. Wiping can remove the food crumbs but what about the hidden germs that linger on the countertops? Thus, it’s important to wipe the kitchen countertop with a clean microfiber cloth with hot and soapy water.
3. Refrigerator: Spills and food particles can attract germs and bacteria in your refrigerator. Make it a point to regularly clean removable parts like shelves and door racks with a soft sponge and cleaning liquid. Do not put anything in the dishwasher until it says so in the manual. To clean the inside of the fridge, first, switch off the appliance. Use a microfiber cloth soaked in water mixed with a tablespoon of baking soda to clean the fridge.
4. Hand blender: A hand blender is indeed one of the most useful items in the kitchen. It is the ideal tool for making purees, soups, gravies and mixing cake batter. However, not cleaning a hand blender properly can attract germs and bacteria. A hand blender with a mixer combo should be properly disassembled and cleaned. After using the hand blender, fill a bowl with warm soapy water and run the blender and whisker for a few seconds. Now, rinse all in clean water. Make sure you don’t immerse the electrical part of the hand blender in the water.
5. Microwave: No matter how careful you are, spills are unavoidable. The splatters and smells can make your microwave not-so sparkling. Fortunately, it’s very easy to clean a microwave. Just take water in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar in it and place it inside the microwave. Heat it for a few minutes. Let the microwave cool. Remove the bowl using mitts. Switch off the microwave and wipe the interiors with a microfibre cloth.
We hope you find these tips helpful in keeping your kitchen spic and span!