A sparkling clean kitchen serves as a welcoming space for casual socializing-not to mention making cooking a pleasure.
But keeping this busy space shining like new-and sanitary in the bargain-requires a thoughtful, efficient, and comprehensive cleaning routine.
The action plan for this room not only focuses on removing dirt and grime from the obvious surfaces throughout the room but also disinfecting crucial appliances like microwaves and stoves, as well as food preparation areas.
Always keep in mind that when it comes to handling food, cleanliness is next to healthiness.
Any dining area that complements the kitchen-whether an eat-in area of the same room or a completely separate formal dining room – presents fewer cleaning challenges than the kitchen might.
However, it’s still important to clean these areas thoroughly and regularly if you want to create an environment conducive to relaxing and socialising.
Formal dining rooms are usually showcase areas and often the least-used rooms in the house.
The key strategy in these rooms is keeping them from looking timeworn.
A regular sprucing up keeps them looking their best and puts the “formal” back into the room.
The Cooking And Dining Action Plan - Step 1
Pour 2 cups (500 ml) of water into a microwave-safe bowl and put it in the microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes.
This will help to clean the inside of the unit.
If there are spots of caked-on food in the microwave compartment, add 1/2 cup (125 ml) of vinegar to the water and run the microwave for at least 5 minutes.
Step 2. Time Your Cleaning
While the microwave is running, go around the kitchen and dust all surfaces, from left to right, top to bottom.
Spray an all-purpose cleaner on the stovetop (make sure the stove is cool first), the oven door, the refrigerator and the counter tops.
Step 3. Countertops And Appliances
Take a clean cloth and move from left to right around the kitchen, wiping down the counters and appliances.
While you’re at the stove, wipe any food spills from the burner grates (gas stove) or coils (electric).
Do not scrub the actual surface of the stovetop, because you can scratch it-let your cleaner do the work.
Move any countertop appliances and wipe under them as you go.
When you get to the microwave, make sure the water has cooled for at least a minute.
Dump the water out and wipe down the steamed interior of the microwave.