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How to Clean Your Kitchen: 6 Ways to Protect Against Germs

<strong>How to Clean Your Kitchen: 6 Ways to Protect Against Germs</strong>

Whether you are at home or in the office, keeping your kitchen clean is essential to making sure you stay on top of the issues with germs and bacteria. It also helps leave your surfaces and appliances as clean as possible in order to protect your family or employees from illnesses.

Every area in the kitchen deserves thorough attention and detail to your give home or workplace the most protection possible. We've put together a list of kitchen cleaning tips to help you get started and leave your kitchen cleaner and healthier than ever before.

1. Cleaning the Dishwasher

Keeping your dishwasher clean is an essential part of making sure no odours, bacteria or grime is left as this can affect the effectiveness of the machine. Cleaning the dishwasher makes sure your dishes are always getting washed efficiently and are free of bacteria and germs.

You can clean the dishwasher in a number of ways. One of the easiest is to simply put your dishwasher on a hot cycle while it's empty. This will help to rinse out any odours and bacteria that can stick to your plates during a wash cycle.

You can also put a bowl of vinegar or a commercial cleaning liquid on the top rack and run a cycle with no dishes. This will help to sanitise the inside of your dishwasher, making it safe for use. The vinegar or commercial cleaner will help to clean the pipes and machinery of any grease and limescale.

If using a vinegar solution, don't forget to pour a cup of baking soda into the bottom of the dishwasher to help the dishwasher smell fresh again.

2. Best Way to Clean a Microwave

The microwave in your kitchen is a frequently used appliance so it's important to keep it clean to prevent bacterial growth and cross-contamination from old food stains transferring to the new food you're cooking.

Steam cleaning is the most effective method of cleaning a microwave. You can achieve this by putting a mixture of water and vinegar into a microwaveable cup and heating it till it creates steam. You can then wipe the steam off the interior of your microwave and the vinegar will have lifted up any stains and grime from previous cooks.

Alternatively, you can heat a mixture of baking soda and water for around five minutes. This will create denser steam that will break up dirt and have the added bonus of leaving your microwave smelling fresh and brand new again.

3. Easiest Way to Clean Oven Racks

If you are cleaning your oven racks at home and have a bathtub, you can create a cleaning solution of either washing detergent or vinegar and baking soda in your bath and fully submerge the oven racks. Let them soak for a long period of time from six to ten hours and then dry them. This will help them to look brand new and free from the black grime that sticks to the racks from previous cooks.

There are a number of other methods you can utilise to make sure your oven racks are getting the care they deserve.

You can wrap them in foil and soak them in a hot water. Adding a dishwasher tablet will make sure your oven racks get properly cleaned as the dissolved tablet will react with the foil and make any grease on your rack much easier to wipe off.

If you don't have a bathtub, you can spray the oven racks with a vinegar solution or a commercial oven cleaner, and let the racks soak before you scrub off the dirt and rinse thoroughly.

Just be sure that if you're using commercial cleaners, you practice effective health and safety. Wear rubber gloves and either clean the racks outside or put down a cover to stop the cleaner from getting on your surfaces and potentially contaminating your food, always following the instructions on the label.

4. How to Make Stainless Steel Look New Again

As with many surfaces and appliances in your kitchen, baking soda is the most effective way to help make stainless steel surfaces and equipment look new again.

Mixing baking soda and water together will provide you with an easy cleaning solution for your stainless steel sink and any stainless steel knives and surfaces you may have. Baking soda is a good agent for lifting up stains and grease without scratching the stainless steel, which allows the metal to shine again.

Because of the dangers of the stainless steel scratching, you'll want to avoid harsh chemicals, any detergents and cleaning materials, that aren't as mild. It is best to use as natural ingredients like baking soda. You can also use vinegar to clean stainless steel kitchen surfaces removing everything from food stains to coffee stains. Using olive oil helps to add an extra shine to the stainless steel.

Make sure to dry the stainless steel thoroughly afterwards and give it a buff to help it look brand new.

5. How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to cleaning your kitchen cabinets, the first thing you should do is make sure you're regularly wiping them down on a weekly basis. Food and drink spillages can get on cabinets. Germs, bacteria and pests can be attracted to your food storage when stains are present so it's important to stay on top of keeping your cupboards clean and sanitised.

You can clean kitchen cabinets with a vinegar solution. This will be particularly effective on grease stains as the cleaning solution will lift up the grease and cause minimal damage to your kitchen cabinets. If your cabinet doors and shelves are made of wood, vinegar is your best option as it won't warp the wood or dull the varnish.

You can also use a mild mixture of dish soap and water to clean your cabinets, whether they are metal, wood or vinyl. This will help you to eliminate any dust and bacteria in your kitchen, this is especially useful during a deep clean when it is important to make sure you've cleaned every nook and cranny in your office or home.

6. How to Clean Fridge

The first thing you'll have to do when you're cleaning your fridge is to empty it of all food and drink. Then clean each storage area with either hot soapy water or a vinegar and baking soda solution.

Make sure to remove all the detachable shelves in order to be able to wash each one thoroughly. Make sure they're completely dry before you put them back and wipe down the door handles and trays to make sure no bacteria is left.

Before you put the food and drink back into the fridge, sort through it and get rid of any expired food. This will help to keep your fridge organised and prevent it from being overstocked with unwanted or unusable items. The more food you store in your fridge, the less efficient the cooling system will be which may cause food to go off quicker.

When re-stacking your fridge, remember to separate the different food types to avoid decontamination. Put raw meats and fish at the bottom in carefully sealed containers to avoid leakages onto your other food and separate ingredients based on allergies. For example, if someone has a coeliac intolerance at home or in the office, storing your gluten ingredients separately from the non-gluten ingredients will add another layer of protection to your and others' health and well-being.

Overall, keeping your kitchen clean is relatively easy with baking soda and vinegar providing versatile alternatives for those who either don't want to use chemical-based cleaning products or who are allergic to certain chemicals used.

A clean kitchen is a great first step towards providing protection against germs and bacteria especially since kitchens are often hotspots for germs to flourish. Staying on top of issues in the kitchen goes a long way towards creating a healthier and safer environment.

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