THE CHALLENGE OF CLEANING IN THE KITCHEN

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THERE IS NO NEED TO CLEAN IT THOROUGHLY BUT ROUTINE DISINFECTION HABITS WILL KEEP DIRT AND BACTERIA AT BAY

The kitchen is without a doubt the space of the house that requires more attention as far as cleaning is concerned. Let's go over the most problematic areas.

1. EMPTY THE TRASH CAN

Cleaning the trash can is one of the tasks in cleaning the kitchen to which we should pay more attention.

  1. Don't wait to change the bag when the lid can no longer be closed.
  2. Clean the trash can inside and out every week.
  3. Use the right bag size to prevent unwanted breakage.
  4. Control the odor by depositing 2 tablespoons of baking soda in the bottom.

If you are one of those committed to recycling, for a few more cents you will find in the market biodegradable bags of high quality garbage; very resistant to weight and tears.

♣ NATURAL CLEANING VERSION

Boil hot water with a generous squirt of vinegar. Add a few drops of essential oil so that a good smell remains and rub the entire surface with the water still hot.

2. CLEANING OF VITROCERAMICS AND BURNERS

Use a soft sponge, cloth and scraper to clean the ceramic hob.

If you have a stove and need an express cleaning, oven cleaners are a good solution.

♣ NATURAL CLEANING VERSION

Lemon is your ally as it is a powerful degreaser.

  • Perform an initial wash with soap and water and apply vinegar for the most difficult stains.
  • Rub all the pieces of the burner with half a lemon and rinse thoroughly with hot water.

 

3. CONVENTIONAL OVEN

The fat of conventional furnaces requires in many cases the use of commercial abrasive products such as caustic soda, so we must be very careful when applying them.

Warning

Protect your eyes, mouth and skin when using these products and carefully read the instructions for proper application as some are cold-applied and others with the hot oven.

Rinse very well with water. Check the gaskets and the door closure preventing any product scraps.

For grids and trays you can use ammonia:

  • Put them in a leak-proof bag and add 60 ml of liquid ammonia.
  • Close the bag and let it work for about 12 hours.
  • After this time rinse and remove any remaining waste.
  • Dry them and they will be ready to be placed back in the oven.

♣ NATURAL CLEANING VERSION

  • Pour 10 tablespoons of soda baking soda and 4 of water into a bowl.
  • Mix until a paste is created.
  • Use a silicone or plastic spatula to cover the base of the oven and ceiling with a layer of half an inch of this paste.
  • Leave to act between 12h a
    nd 24hy then remove the product with a damp cloth. It'll cost you a little, but you'll avoid corrosive cleaners like that.
  • Spray the parts where remaining remains with vinegar.
  • With a damp cloth wipes repeatedly until it is pristine.

 

 

 

For daily cleaning and when it is barely dirty, simply put in the microwave a container with 230 ml of water for 5 minutes.

Steam will soften dirt and you'll only need a rag to dry it.

♣ NATURAL CLEANING VERSION

If you need to degreas and deodorize you can use a solution in equal parts vinegar and water or lemon and water accompanied by a little baking soda or a parsley branch.

This is how easily you can clean the microwave with natural products leaving a pleasant aroma.

 

5. THE SINK

Let's get to work!

The sink is the happy nest of bacteria, insects, mold, lime and rust.

The most responsible and given the wide variety of materials used in sinks is to consult with the supplier.

In any case, a rag impregnated with soap and hot water is a perfect cleaner for all of them.

Warning

Avoid hard steel or aluminum scourings because they will scratch the surfaces.

Let's get to work!

The sink is the happy nest of bacteria, insects, mold, lime and rust.

The most responsible and given the wide variety of materials used in sinks is to consult with the supplier.

In any case, a rag impregnated with soap and hot water is a perfect cleaner for all of them.

Warning

Avoid hard steel or aluminum scourings because they will scratch the surfaces.

6. WORK AREAS

Cleaning the countertops and especially the cutting boards is essential if we want to avoid contamination of the food we are going to consume.

Work areas most exposed to direct contact with raw foods such as meat, fish etc require further disinfection and cleaning, after each use.

STEPS TO FOLLOW IN CLEANING CUTTING BOARDS

  • Rub well with some white vinegar-impregnated kitchen paper and let stand for a few minutes.
  • Then dry again with kitchen paper.
  • Repeat this time with oxygenated water and leave to act for 5 minutes.
  • Wash under the tap with neutral, dry soap with kitchen paper.

AND WHY SO MUCH COOKING PAPER AND NOT BAYETTES?

Kitchen cloths and cloths contain a lot of bacteria and would ruin disinfection.

♥ EXPERT ADVICE:

Rub your cutting boards with a lemon cut in half to get rid of strong smells like garlic and fish.

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY CLEAN A COUNTERTOP

Not all countertops are cleaned with the same products or in the same way.

The cleaning will depend on the material on which the worktop is made: silestone, marble, granite or wood.

Silestone. Clean it with water and neutral soap. From the Silestone  brand itself do not recommend for cleaning the use of bleach or other chemicals or abrasives. They also warn of using a lifeguard when resting hot objects.

MARBLE AND GRANITE. In daily cleaning, a micfrofibra cloth impregnated in a mixture of soap and water will suffice. In case of more difficult stains apply a bicarbonate paste of soda and water and let it rest for 24 hours. Finish cleaning the surface with water and a cloth gently. It's that easy!

WARNING

Watch out here for natural products like lemon, vinegar and the famous magic stone because they can damage your brand new countertop

Wood. The most ecological and for my taste the most beautiful but also the most difficult to maintain. You have to avoid placing hot utensils in it and as much as possible it doesn't get too wet to protect it from mold. Cleaned with a cloth moistened with soap and water.

Laminated. Here you can use it quietly to clean it water and vinegar in equal parts.

STAINLESS STEEL. These types of countertops are mainly used in professional kitchens and their cleaning and maintenance is really simple. Water and soap will suffice to keep them flawless like the first day.

 

 

7. ARMARIOS

A conventional grease remover that doesn't need rinsing is the fastest and most effective. Spray the surface and then pass a soft, dry cloth. This will keep grease, footprints and watermarks at bay.

♣ NATURAL CLEANING VERSION

Prepare a mild soapy solution or the mixture of white vinegar and water in equal parts and a few drops of eucalyptus essence.

8. ALICATE

You can use alcohol, ammonia, white vinegar or a dishwasher product. All of them diluted in water are valid in cleaning the kitchen tiles.

Rub with a clean cloth and use a toothbrush to go over the most inaccessible joints and corners.

 

9. FLOORS

It's the part of the kitchen that gets dirty the most and I'm sure it's happened to you more than once you've just scrubbed and you don't like the smell it gives off. But how can it be if I just scrubbed? you wonder.

I'll give you the keys to having shiny, smelling soil.

  1. BETTER A GOOD SWEEP THAN A BAD SCRUBBING. Remember your grandmother saying this? Well, take a good note and sweep or suck in the dust first of all.
  2. CLEANING UTENSILS AS NEW. It's something I never get tired of repeating in my formations to domestic staff. Cleaning utensils must be left flawless after each use. A mop that has not been cleaned and dried properly will leave a bad odor in the next scrubbing.
  3. USE THE RIGHT TECHNIQUE. Put the mop in the bucket and shake it as if you were making fire to remove the soap and soak well.. Drain it and pass the floor by pressing on the most persistent spots. First pass the edges of the area you are cleaning and then move toward the center making overlapping movements from one side to the other in the form of eight.
  4. CHANGE THE WATER IN THE CUBE AS OFTEN AS YOU NEED. One of the questions I'm asked almost daily is how often the water in the bucket we scrub must be changed. I always answer the same thing. Depends on! If the soil is very dirty you will have to change the water frequently as the water will soon blacken. If the floor is clean enough you may not have to change it and you can finish cleaning the floor with just one bucket of unchanged water.
  5. IT ENDS UP VENTING.Even if it's winter, open the windows and let the fresh air in for a few minutes. In this way the soil will dry out earlier and prevent the concentration of bad odors.

♥ EXPERT'S TRICK:

Place a euro at the bottom of the cube. When you can't see it anymore, it'll mean you have to change the water.

♣ NATURAL CLEANING VERSION

To make your floor perfect, prepare a half-cup solution of white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in a bucket of warm water. If you want to get an extra aroma, add a few drops of essential oil that you like the most.

10. CRYSTALS

On the market there are specific products to clean the crystals, but if you can, opt for the ecological version.

♣ NATURAL CLEANING VERSION

You can get a powerful cleanser by mixing the juice of a lemon, water without lime and a teaspoon of corn.

Shake well and apply with a sprayer.

Rub the surface with crumpled newspaper or a clean cotton cloth. They'll be spotless!

 

♥ EXPERT ADVICE:

If you have a vaporette, use it! You don't know how much time you'll save on cleaning crystals, tiles, screens etc.

Even if you have home staff performing household chores, they will spend half the time and cleaning will be more effective if they have one.

It is the most practical appliance in household cleaning.

I love my steamer!

DID YOU THINK THIS WAS IT?

Take good note of these final tricks

 

1. POTATOES AND LEMON PEELS FOR ULTRA BRIGHT FLOORS. You read that right. Store the cooking water for the potatoes and add several lemon peels for a clean, shiny soil.

2. SUPER GLUED FAT IN ARMARIOS. Apply some toothpaste and the fat will be gone in the blink of an eye.

3. COCA COLA BURNERS. Surely you've heard what happens to a screw if you dip it in Coca Cola, because a similar magic you'll get with your burners. Immerse them in Coca Cola so you literally eat the fat.

4. GIN TONIC TO THE CAMPANA. There is no better cleaner than a lint-free cloth and a few drops of gin to brighten stainless steel surfaces.

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