Housekeeping -Kitchen Supplies
Cleaning Products in Your Home
What we probably think of as the cleanest room in the house is quite often the dirtiest, and that would be the kitchen. Spring is here, so it is an excellent time to clean the kitchen and the following tips will make the job easier with a better result. The great thing is you don’t have to buy a multitude of cleaners, as most of the products you already have in your home. Cleaning supplies are inexpensive and just take a bit of elbow grease.
Bacteria Free Kitchen
Cleaners and Sanitizing Products
Sanitize by using a mixture of 1 teaspoon of bleach with 4 cups of water for all kitchen surfaces, and you can put some in a spray bottle for ease of use. Clean off surfaces before sanitizing with the bleach solution.
Mix one part vinegar to one part water and put in a spray bottle which you can use on everything except marble.
Baking soda can be used almost like a cleanser in many areas.
I have used the Bar Keepers Cleansers as a stainless steel cleaner for my sinks and cookware for years with shining results, but I would assume starting with the beach or vinegar would kill germs more efficiently, and then go for the shine. Be sure to clean the sink handles.
The bleach solution is used in professional restaurants and experts disagree on the necessity of using it in the home, but if you do use the bleach solution let the sprayed surfaces air dry. Wiping with a towel may contaminate the surface again.
Pets - Way to Clean Pet Bowls
If you have a pet or pets, you are six times more likely to get salmonella-based infections. The pet bowls are the problem, particularly the water dish because we often dump it in the sink before cooking food. I have always had a pet and I’m sure I have made this error on occasion, but fortunately we haven’t had any infections in my family. However, now that I know, I will be much more careful. The water bowl could be dumped in the toilet or you could clean the sink.
Proper Puppy Care
Coffee Maker Cleaning
Clean your coffee pot every few weeks using white vinegar and an equal amount of water, then brew. Next, use clear water and brew about two more times. Clean the pot and coffee filter holder each day with clean water and a little dish soap.
Don’t put cooked foods on the same surface as raw foods, and I’m not just talking about cutting boards. Think of the things you touch while preparing raw food; salt and pepper shakers, cabinet handles, utensils, etc. Also, it is not necessary to rinse raw meat and chicken as it just spreads bacteria.
Ideally you will spray your counters with the weak bleach solution once a week after they are wiped down or one of the sprays you can purchase that contain a bacteria killer.
Wooden cutting boards are safest if they are kept clean, then sanitized and let dry. Always change cutting boards or scrub them even after cutting raw vegetables. Wood hampers bacteria growth while bacteria thrive on little scars on plastic. Keep them clean by putting them in the dishwasher and you can sanitize them as well.
Housekeeping Kitchen Tips
Cleaning your Microwave
Microwave Easy Cleaning
I have tried a couple of ways of cleaning the microwave and they are both effective.
- One method is to fill a bowl with 2 cups of water and a whole lemon, cut into slices. Microwave for 2 minutes and then wipe out with paper towels. Hot water softens food spills and lemon cuts the grease.
- The second method is to use 1 cup of water with one cup of white vinegar; microwave for 2 minutes and wipe out with a cloth or paper towels and you will have a clean microwave.
The video below shows you a great way to get the scratches off the stainless steel on your toaster or other stainless steel items in your kitchen. Using whitening toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush does wonder and your appliance will look brand new.
Stoves and Refrigerators
For the stove and oven, many come with specific cleaning instructions and cleaners, especially the flat top stoves. Thankfully most stoves are self cleaning also. If you have an oven spill that you can’t get to right away, cover the spill with salt until you have time to clean it as this might stop a fire if you are using the stove again on a high setting,
Refrigerators need to have the handles wiped down every day including the underside. Once a week clean out the refrigerator and throw out anything that is out of date. I do this the day before the garbage men come, which for me was just this morning. At least 4 times annually, empty the shelves and clean the inside with ¼ cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water, then spray with beach solution. Clean the rubber gaskets to make sure you have a tight seal. Wipe off all the jars to remove any drips or stuck on food. Also, vacuum or wipe off the coils in the back of the refrigerator. Check the drip pan under the refrigerator as well.
Tips for Dishwashers
Occasionally fill the soap dispenser with baking soda or a small cup of vinegar on the top shelf then run the dishwasher and this will reduce the soap buildup that happens over time.
If you hand wash dishes, air-dry in a rack as dish towels can re-contaminate clean dishes. Change dish towels daily or even more often if they are wet. You can place sponges on the top shelf of the dishwasher. You have to be careful of sponges as they can accumulate bacteria because they stay wet for long periods if time. I don’t use them for that reason.
I hope these kitchen cleaning tips are helpful and make the job we usually dread a little bit easier. It seems we must be more aware of bacteria then years past, as we quite often hear of various foods being contaminated when we buy them. Taking extra precautions certainly can’t hurt and will probably keep you and your family healthier.
© 2011 Pamela Oglesby