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  • Spencer Grant

How to clean the kitchen?

A kitchen is a place where we prepare and cook food in. That is why it's important to maintain the cleanliness for food safety reasons. Failure to clean your kitchen may result in the spread of bacteria and germs, which can cause you and other household members to become ill. To prevent the spread of bacteria, not only you should regularly wash counter tops, sweep your floors and clean the dishes, but also you should sanitize work areas and kitchen utensils that you use regularly.

Cleaning the kitchen requires extra time and effort, as compared to the cleaning of any other room. But here are some steps you can follow to make the job easier:

You can start with putting away all of the items that belong in the kitchen but are not in their proper place. Then move on to gathering all the items that do not belong in the kitchen. If you prefer put all these items into a basket to be put away later.

Then put all of the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Run a sink of hot, soapy water and drop in things that need soaking like the microwave turntable, the dish drainer, or large pans and bowls.

Use an all purpose cleaner and spray surfaces liberally. Let the cleaner do it’s work while you move on.

Moving to the refrigerator, remove anything that is expired and throw the dirty food containers in the sink full of soapy water. Working from top to bottom, wipe down the shelves with a rag sprayed with all-purpose cleaner.

Knocking dirt and debris onto the floor is OK because you are going to be sweeping it all up later. You can use a long-handled duster and work your way around the entire perimeter of the room. Clean the corners, the light fixtures, and the tops of the cabinets. Don’t forget the top of the refrigerator.

Now it's time to wipe down upper cabinets & clean microwave. Set a wet sponge in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes. While the microwave is heating it up, dip a rag in the warm, soap water and use it to wipe down the doors and pulls of the upper cabinets and anything else on the wall as you walk around the room. By that time he sponge in the microwave should be cool enough to handle now. Use it to wipe down the inside and outside of the microwave.

Once you are done with the microwave, start with wiping down the horizontal surfaces. Again, just let dust, crumbs, etc. fall to the floor because you will get it later. You can also add a little baking soda for stubborn stains.

Use another rag dipped in the warm soapy water to wipe down the front of the refrigerator, dishwasher and oven. Pay close attention to handles and outside edges. Don't forget to wipe down lower cabinet doors & drawers too.

Finally, finish dishes and clean the sink. Place the items that have been soaking in the sink into the dishwasher or wash by hand. Drain the sink and rinse with hot water. If you wish clean the basin with a mild abrasive like baking soda and rinse with hot water again. Also wipe down the faucet and handles with a microfiber cloth.

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