Do's and don'ts? Huh? Yep, you heard me. You deal with food and water every day, as well as crumbs, dirty dishes, and spills. With such an active environment, keeping a clean kitchen can be a challenge. To help you create the most immaculate space possible, here are some tips on what to do and not to do in your kitchen.
#1: Do keep the sink tidy
When it comes to keeping your kitchen clean, the first step is simple: Keep the sink tidy. This means clearing away any food scraps or dirty dishes as soon as you're done with them. And if you need help with this, there are many different types of kitchen sponges and scrubbers that can help keep your sink clean—and make cleaning easier for you.
#2: Do keep your fridge organized
It's important to keep your refrigerator organized and tidy. You'll need to use containers, labels, and drawer dividers to help you do this.
- Use glass containers for storing meat, dairy products, and other foods that need airtight storage. Label the container with what it contains so you don't have to open every one every time you want something from the fridge. You can also use plastic tubs or sealable plastic bags if they're more accessible for you.
- To maximize space on the door shelves of your refrigerator, try using adjustable baskets instead of using full-size containers when possible. Also, consider putting small items like condiments in smaller jars or bowls; more giant jars will take up too much precious space on door shelves.
- Be creative when using door shelves: Store wine bottles upright on the door rack instead of laying them down horizontally.
#3: Do clear your counters nightly
Do clear your counters nightly.
This may seem obvious, but keeping the counters clear of clutter and clutter-creating items like food and dishes is important.
The kitchen is a workspace, so it always needs to be set up in such a way that you can work efficiently—but even more importantly, you want the space to feel organized and open so that you can enjoy being there.
That doesn't mean there's never any food or dishes on the counter! It just means that whatever you have out should be used frequently enough that having them out won't cause stress when they're not needed.
For example, if I'm making something in my slow cooker on Sunday night that takes 8 hours before my friends eat it, I'll probably leave my crock-pot sitting on the countertop overnight with some water still in it needs refilling in the morning.
But if I'm preparing a meal for myself or one other person, and the leftover portions will not be used at once, I will put them away immediately after eating so as not to clutter up our workspace.
#4: Do wipe up spills immediately
It's important to wipe up spills right away, not just to keep your kitchen clean but also so that you don't create a hazard. Spills are unsightly and can be a breeding ground for bacteria. When food spills, it creates slippery floors that are dangerous for both you and your guests.
If you don't clean up the spill immediately, you could slip on the mess and fall—or worse yet, hit someone else with your full momentum. And in addition to being unappealing, spilt food can trap tiny bugs like ants or cockroaches outside of the colony where they belong.
Additionally, spilt liquids can cause electrical damage if they make contact with an outlet or circuit breaker.
#5: Do keep a clean dish towel handy
Keeping a clean dish towel handy is one of the most important things you can do in your kitchen.
- It will help you keep your hands clean when washing dishes, and it also makes for an excellent place to wipe up any spills or splatters on your countertops. A clean towel can double as a potholder when you're cooking at high temperatures, too!
- Make sure to hang up this towel after each use so that it remains fresh and ready to go next time. You don't want dirty water dripping down onto your counters, do you? Plus, having a folded dishcloth hanging on the wall above your sink is pretty darn cute—it will add some charm to that area right away!
- You should wash this type of cloth every other day (or less often if possible) depending on how much traffic it gets in terms of daily use versus how many times per week/monthly people use it.
#6: Don't let dirty dishes pile up in the sink
One of the most common things to do in your kitchen is to wash dishes. It's a necessary part of life, but you need to ensure you're doing it right.
One problem that can arise when washing dishes is how quickly they can pile up. If there are dirty dishes in the sink, you'll be forced to do more work than necessary as they pile on top of one another.
The best way around this problem is simply not making them dirty in the first place by keeping your sink clean and organized by using a strainer or draining board for those items that don't require much attention.
Another issue with letting dirty dishes stack up is that they become breeding grounds for bacteria and other harmful microorganisms over time.
#7: Don't leave garbage under the counter
If you have a garbage can under your kitchen sink, it's vital to ensure that the lid is always closed. Garbage attracts pests like cockroaches and rats. It also attracts flies, ants, mice, and other pests, which can be very dangerous for you and your family.
If you want to keep these creatures away from your home, then make sure that the garbage lids are always closed with no exceptions.
#8: Don't forget to clean the inside of your fridge
Make sure to clean the inside of your fridge once a month, especially the shelves, trays, and bins. You should also clean the door (including any rubber seals), condenser coils, and drip tray.
The vegetable crisper requires its special attention—you need to give it a thorough wipe down every few weeks with warm water or an all-purpose cleaner (be sure to rinse thoroughly in between uses).
When cleaning the freezer section, be sure to remove any ice cubes from ice cube trays before defrosting them.
#9: Don't use your counters as storage space
One of the easiest ways to get your kitchen in order is by keeping countertops clear of items that don't belong there.
If you're using your counters for storage purposes, you'll find yourself feeling cluttered and unorganized very quickly. Instead, keep only those things on your counters that are used often and/or that fit in with the aesthetics of your kitchen (like bunches of fresh herbs or a pretty vase).
If you have something sitting on your countertop that isn't essential for everyday cooking or baking—like extra salt and pepper shakers—put them away in a cabinet instead.
You can only keep those items out where they can be easily accessed when needed (for example, place paper towels next to the sink so they're always within reach).
#10: Don't leave crumbs on the floor or countertops
It's easy to forget about crumbs when you're cleaning up, but they're one of your kitchen's most common sources of bugs.
If you leave a crumb on the floor or countertop, it can attract ants, flies, and mice—and if you've ever had to deal with roaches in your home, you know that they won't let any piece of food go uneaten! To keep roaches out:
- Wipe down counters regularly
- Keep food in containers or closed bags
- Sweep up crumbs
Many people clean their kitchens regularly but often miss some key areas
Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It's where you spend most of your time, and it's where everything happens. Whether you're preparing food, cleaning up after yourself, or socializing with friends and family around the dinner table, the kitchen plays an essential role in your everyday life.
Because it's so important to our daily lives, we often forget key areas when cleaning this room. Below are some tips for keeping your kitchen clean:
- Clean countertops regularly. Spills from cooking can be a big mess if left unattended for too long; make sure that you wipe down counters to prevent spills from solidifying into stains on your countertop.
- Sweep floors regularly. Dirt and grime build up quickly in kitchens; make sure that you sweep once or twice per day to keep dirt off of floors so that they look nice.
In the kitchen, it's important to keep everything clean and tidy. This means cleaning the inside of your fridge, the counters, and even the floor! In addition to these tips for cleaning, you can also make sure that your cabinets are well organized with plastic bins or boxes. These will help you keep everything in order so that there aren't any messes left behind.