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Housekeeping -Easy Kitchen Cleaning

Updated on April 23, 2018
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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

Cleaning Counter Tops source veerphotos
Cleaning Counter Tops source veerphotos

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 as they 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. 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

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Coffee Maker

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source coffeemakerdelight

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.

Cutting Board

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Cross Contamination

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

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Microwave Easy Cleaning

I have tried a couple of ways of cleaning the microwave, and they are both effective.

  1. One method is to fill a bowl with 2 cups of water and a whole lemon. Cut the lemon into slices. Microwave for 2 minutes, and then wipe out with paper towels. Hot water softens food spills and lemon cuts the grease.
  2. 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. You will have a clean microwave.

Toaster Cleaning

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source wickimedia

Removing Scratches

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.

How to Clean an Oven With Baking Soda & Vinegar

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.

Summary

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.

The copyright, renewed in 2018, for this article is owned by Pamela Oglesby. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    TKW,I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    TKW 

    6 years ago from Great Falls, Montana

    Very thorough hub, I like all the eco tips!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, I will try to Borax. Thanks for your comments.

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    Support Med. 

    7 years ago from Michigan

    Great tips and very economical - you can go broke buying so many products. I have also found that the Borax laundry booster is also good for kitchens and bathrooms. v/r

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Katiem. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comment.

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    katiem2 

    7 years ago from I'm outta here

    I love a clean kitchen and your tips are spot on for a spotless kitchen. Thanks :) Katie

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Bethany, I'm glad you found the hub useful and I appreciate your comments.

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    Bethany Culpepper 

    7 years ago

    This was helpful- especially the part about the pets. I've got to start working! Thank you.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, I'll bet that video was great. I appreciate your comments.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Washington

    Great job, Pamela - and love the puppy picture! I got to watch Gabby eating with her litter mates via live stream video - all 10 of them - it was so cool in a bowl just like that! Aside from that though, very good information as kitchens need to be squeaky clean in my opinion!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    vocal coach I am glad my hub was helpful and I appreciate your comments.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    I love a clean kichen and you, pam, have given some grea tips here. I like using natural products. Very helpful and I sure thank you. :)vocalcoach

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    daffodil, I appreciate your comment.

    prasetio, I am pleased that you enjoyed my hub. Thanks so much for your comments. Love and Peace to you.

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    prasetio30 

    7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    There you go again, Pamela. You always teaching us new and interesting things. I love this hub very much and your tips very useful for us. I want my kitchen always clean and I learn much from you. Thanks for give us video tutorial. You always the best. Well done and Rated Up UP Up!

    Love and peace,

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, I'm really not quite that particular but I do like to find easier ways to keep things clean. Thanks for your comment.

    shygirl, Thanks so much for your comments.

    quildon, That one makes the microwave so easy to clean which I used to hate to do.

    I appreciate your comments.

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    daffodil2010 

    7 years ago

    thanks for these tips useful

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    Angela Joseph 

    7 years ago from Florida

    Great tips! I like the one for cleaning the microwave especially.

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    shygirl2 

    7 years ago

    Ugh! I hate spring cleaning, but it is a necessary evil, isn't it? : D Great tips and hub!! Voted up!!

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    Great kitchen cleaning tips, Pamela. Thank you. You know that expression, "You could eat right off her kitchen floor?" I think that may apply to you, too, m'dear.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Peggy, I think the pet dish is the big surprise for all of us. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comment.

    marcoujor, I'm also glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

    Om Paramapoonya, I am glad you liked the hub. Thanks very much for your comments.

    K9keystrokes, I'm glad you found the hub helpful and I appreciate your comments.

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    India Arnold 

    7 years ago from Northern, California

    Pam, this hub is awesome! I (of course) found the pet water dish information to most interesting. I would have never thought about the water contaminating the sink...I sure will now! Like you, I have been fortunate not to get any illness from this, but I intend to dump the water dishes in the toilet now that you shared your tips. I really appreciate your information here, cleanliness in the kitchen is an imperative!

    Nice work,

    K9

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    Very useful tips. My kitchen is in need of some sanitizing. Thanks a lot, Pamela. :)

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    Maria Jordan 

    7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Pamela~~ I'm saving this one as well... lots of things I had not considered... I had read once that our sink is the dirtiest place in our home... (although never having had a problem, I will now consistently use the laundry room sink for changing BABY's water now...)

    Thank you~~ Voted UP, USEFUL & AWESOME...!

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    Peggy Woods 

    7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I learned a few new ones here. The animals water dish for one. Had never considered that! Thanks for all of these good tips for a cleaner kitchen. Rated up and useful.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Rob, I'm glad you liked the hub. Thanks you so much for your comments.

    Bail up, It is so easy to clean it that way and when I don't have a lemon I use the vinegar. It doesn't smell as good but it is so easy to wipe off the food particles that are now soft. Thanks for your comment.

    Sandy, I appreciate your comments.

    Eiddwen, I'm glad you appreciate the tips. Thanls for your comments.

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    Eiddwen 

    7 years ago from Wales

    Great tips here to benefit many.

    Thank you for sharing this one with us Pamela.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

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    Sandy Mertens 

    7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Great cleaning tips.

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    Bail Up ! 

    7 years ago

    I'm a clean freak so this hub is right up my alley. I like the water/lemon method of cleaning the microwave. Thanks for sharing.

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    rpalulis 

    7 years ago from NY

    Wow! Pamela these are great tips for cleaning the kitchen free from bacteria, love the microwave cleaning tips, and never would of thought of the dogs watering dish to be a danger. Thanks for such and informative and useful hub, excellent work!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Yawapi, Thanks for your comment.

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    Yawapi 

    7 years ago from 1868 Treaty Territory

    Great hub! Thanks!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Pamela, Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela N Red 

    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Great tips, Pamela. Using green cleaners is always a good idea.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    POP, I'm glad to know you are staying busy. Thanks for your comments.

    Simone, I appreciate your comments.

    Will, Thanks for your comment.

    Hello, I'm glad you liked the hub and I appreciate the comments.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    Pamela, this is wonderful hub. Thank you for your great tips.

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Bookmarked!

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    7 years ago from San Francisco

    I'm all for a sanitary kitchen! Excellent tips!

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    breakfastpop 

    7 years ago

    Thanks Pamela. All of these suggestions are very useful.I have to go now so I can clean my kitchen! Voted up and useful.

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