Cleaning your kitchen is one of those chores many of us (myself included) just dread. You can’t avoid it forever. I know, I’ve tried. When it comes to kitchen cleaning, most people just want to get it over with. That’s where cleaning technique comes into play.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips, Homemaking Made Simple
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The best way is to clean top-down. Start on your cabinets, cooktops, counters and drawers first. You’ll want to dust first then wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant.
TIP: To save money, make your own disinfectant. I mix 1 part vinegar and 1 part water with a few drops of a citrus essential oil. You can substitute lemon or lime juice for essential oil. I buy small spray bottles for under $1 a piece so I have some cleaning spray already made when I have a spill or when I am done cooking. The smell of vinegar dissipates after a couple of minutes.
Move onto the floor once everything else is clean. You’ll want to sweep first. The most effective way to get all the dirt up is to break your floor into sections:
1) Start on the corner edge
2) Sweep in overlapping strokes
3) Sweep debris into a dustpan and empty it into the trash
4) Move on to the next section of your floor
All the particles are gone, so now it’s time to mop. You’ll want to use a dual bucket system to avoid mixing your dirty water with the clean, soapy water. Never dump water directly onto the floor. That not only makes your floor more slippery and dangerous, but could also cause your floor to warp. When you mop:
1) Insert mop into clean water/cleaning solution bucket
2) Wring out excess
3) Use a figure 8 motion to clean one area of your floor at a time
4) After 3 passes, flip to the other side of your mop
5) After 3 more passes, it’s time to wring out your mop into the dirty water bucket
6) Repeat the process
Make sure not to walk on the floor until it’s fully dry. Even small wet spots can cause you (or someone else) to slip and fall.