What would an environmental health officer say if they came to your kitchen? Would you get an outstanding for cleanliness or would your kitchen be shut down?
Since the kitchen is where we prepare food it should be the cleanest room in the house with everything checked and wiped regularly. If your standards are a little lower than they could be, have a look at our simple guide to keeping your kitchen clean to help you out.
1. Cleaning the Cupboards
Combine water, vinegar and vodka in three equal measures. Mix it up good, and pour it into a bottle with a nozzle. To disinfect as well as clean, add a drop or two of eucalyptus oil or lemon juice. This solution will remove limescale and grease. And since the vodka’s open you can treat yourself to a drink afterwards!
2. Removing limescale from the kettle
For this little yet important operation you will need one packet of citric acid.
Fill the kettle up to the two-thirds mark, then put in one packet of citric acid.
Boil the water for 3-5 minutes. Now open the kettle and check if the limescale has peeled off by shaking the kettle gently. The limescale should now be floating in the water. Repeat the operation if the limescale is still stuck to the sides.
Pour out the dirty water out, and rinse the kettle thoroughly. Boil the kettle again with clean water and rinse out again.
3. Cleaning the ink
Add some ammonia to water and fill the sink with the plug in. Wash out after ten minutes and rinse the sink.
4. Cleaning the microwave
Combine water, vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl and place in the microwave for five minutes with the heat on. Now you can easily wipe clean the inside of the microwave.
5. Getting rid of hood grime
Spray water onto the hood to wet the filters. Now rub them down with a toothbrush dipped in bleach. Leave to sit for 10 minutes then rinse under the tap.
6. Cleaning the oven
Take 1 cup of baking soda, add 1 tbsp detergent, and add water until you have a liquid to create a doughy consistency. Rub this paste onto the grimy surfaces, then leave for 15 minutes. Then you can wash the whole oven easily.
7. Cleaning the fridge
Dilute 2 tbsp baking soda in 33 fl oz water. Soak and squeeze a soft cloth in this solution, and wipe down all of the surfaces with it. Pat dry after wiping.
For outside, wipe the fridge with a sponge dipped in soapy water. Wash off the suds thoroughly, or you’ll leave marks. Don’t ignore the back of the fridge, where dust can accumulate. You can use a telescopic brush for this — it’s great at collecting dust and lifting cobwebs.