The kitchen competes with the bathroom for title of messiest room in most homes and everyone has dreaded the necessity to clean it at some point. Not counting daily dishwashing and food preparation, the kitchen is also a food storage area that naturally needs to be kept hygienic and accessible.
Depending on how elaborate your kitchen is, you may have less or more appliances than the average household. As with anything, the more complex something is the more maintenance it is going to need.
Let’s take a look at the top tips for quickly cleaning your kitchen appliances!
- Wipe and clean the burners. Most gas burners can be individually removed and put in with a dishwasher cycle after they have been scrubbed of hard food particles. Electric burners need to be wiped down with a wet sponge.
- Wipe the surface of the stove using a sponge and soap. There are also special types of cleaning wipes you can buy specifically for this job. It’s a good idea to clean grease spills as they happen before they can harden on your stovetop.
- Remove and clean the control knobs. Don’t use abrasive chemicals as these can wash off the numbers and markings.
- Wipe the exterior of the vent hood. Use a soapy cloth, a wet cloth and then a dry one. Use stainless steel products on stainless steel hoods.
- Clean the over grates. After removing them place them in a bucket of soapy warm water and let them soak for a few hours. Once removed they will be easier to scrub with a scour.
- Give the interior of the over a deep clean every few months with a mixture of salt, baking soda and water. Make sure to protect any bare metal areas with foil so that the solution does not damage them.
- Remove everything from the fridge and make sure to identify and throw out old food.
- Use a mixture of two tablespoons of baking soda with a quarter cup of water and scrub every surface of the fridge. Wipe every shelf and drawer, not just the main areas.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe away the mixture you used. Follow up with a clean towel.
- If the fridge still has an odour from old food or a spill, place an open packet of baking soda inside and leave it overnight. Baking soda will absorb any odours and leave the fridge smelling fresh.