Posted on: 9 March 2015
The kitchen counters and the front of the fridge are easy to keep clean with a daily wipe-down, but how about some of the other areas in your kitchen? For a room that should be kept as clean as possible (so as to discourage bacteria from jumping onto food), it's sometimes hard to picture the sheer amount of dirt, dust, and bacteria that could be lurking in your kitchen. If you're curious about what areas in your kitchen are the dirtiest (and how to clean them), then here's what you need to know.
Area #1: The Cabinets
Because the cabinets and cupboards in your kitchen are full of dishes and small appliances, it can be hard to remember that the insides of these bacteria breeders need to be cleaned nearly as often as the things they hold within them.
Mix a gallon of hot water with a half cup of oil cleaner and use that to scrub down the insides of your cabinets (making sure to wear heat-resistant gloves). You'll need a sponge with a scrubber side and a toothbrush to get both the big and little parts of the cabinets. After they're clean, make sure to dry them thoroughly -- wood hates water -- and restock your dishes.
Area #2: The Dishwasher
If your dishwasher is made of stainless steel, move on to the next paragraph. If it's made of anything else, you'll probably want to use the bleach method for cleaning your dishwasher. Simply measure out one cup of liquid bleach and put it in a regular, dishwasher-safe serving cup. Place that cup into your (empty!) dishwasher, then close the dishwasher and turn it on, making sure to use the hottest possible setting.
If, however, you do have a stainless steel dishwasher, you'll have to try another method -- like the vinegar and baking soda method. Before you start, take out your dishwasher's filter and soak it in a mixture of soap and hot water for about 10 minutes. After that, replace the filter and pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda into the bottom of your dishwasher -- about a cup and a half-cup, respectively. As before, turn your dishwasher onto its heaviest cycle and let it run.
Area #3: The Backsplash
Sure, you may wipe this area down once in a while when cleaning the countertops, but it's actually more important to keep the backsplash clean than you might think. When you're cutting food on the counter (especially meat), little bits of moisture can flick off your knife and land on the backsplash, invisible but potentially harmful. Luckily, the backsplash is easy to clean. Every time you clean the counters, take an extra 20 seconds to spray down the backsplash with heavy duty cleaner, then wipe after waiting about 10 seconds.
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