Tips for a Clean Kitchen

Just when you thought your kitchen was clean, but is it really as clean as you thought?  Bacteria and germs could be hiding in places that you didn’t think to look.  I have a few tips for a clean kitchen that will help you maintain your kitchen cleanliness.

Blender

This a one of the top places that germs like to hide.  Most of us are in a hurry much of the time, so we just remove the blender from its base and throw it in the dishwasher in one piece.  Why not, right?  Wrong!  Most of the germs and bacteria are hidden in the blades and gasket.  Make sure you take the blades and gasket apart and either wash by hand or place in the dishwasher along with the blender itself and the top cover.  Wipe down the base of the blender with a damp cloth.  Once all parts are clean and dry, you can put it all back together and store it fully assembled so it is ready for use for next time.blender-933091-s

Can Opener

Whether you have a hand-held can opener or the under-cabinet mounted can opener, they both need regular cleaning.  If you have the hand-held can opener, it can be easily cleaned by putting it in the dishwasher or in a sink of soapy water if you are washing by hand.  I personally have mine mounted under the cabinet and this, I have to admit, gets forgotten very easily.  I try to make it a habit to wipe it down as I am wiping my counter tops down, although I do not always remember this.modern-can-opener-354544-s

Knife Block

This is an item that never crossed my mind as containing germs, but it makes sense because of the small, dark spaces and open when the knives are not in place.  To clean, tip the empty block upside down over your trash to remove the loose particles.  Next, using soapy water and a bottle brush, wash the inside as best as you can without keeping the block submerged in water.  Lastly, replace the knives back into the block once it is completely dry.  I am now seriously considering tossing the block altogether.91px-Global_Knives

Rubber Spatula

There are several kitchen utensils that actually come apart into two pieces, the handle and the working part of the utensil.  Rubber spatula’s are a good example of this.  The rubber part at the top detaches from the handle.  Make sure you take it apart prior to cleaning, whether in the dishwasher or by hand.  Germs love to hide in these tiny crevices that we are not aware are even there.450px-Silicon_Spatulas

I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you have on this topic.  I am always open to new ideas.

 

Time to Clean the Fridge, Ugh!!

Are you avoiding cleaning out your fridge because you just don’t have that much free time to clean the fridge?  In a few easy steps, you can have a nice clean, organized fridge that you can be proud to open.Fridge

Once a month, you will need to do the full fridge clean-out:

  • Remove all contents from the fridge.  As you remove items, separate them on your counter into a throw away section and a still good section.  This will make it easier when you put items back into the fridge when you are done cleaning.
  • Now that the fridge is empty, you can remove all the removable drawers.  Fill your sink with water and dish soap.  Wash all the drawers and let them air dry while you go to the next step.
  • Wash the inside of the fridge from top to bottom followed by washing the inside of the door from top to bottom.
  • Replace all the drawers into the fridge.  I will sometimes put some of the drawers back in at different heights to give it a new look.
  • Fill the fridge back up with the food that is still good, double checking to make sure it is not out-dated, wiping the bottoms of the items prior to putting it in the fridge.
  • Last step, throw away all the bad food and wash out the containers that you have emptied.

Tip:  As your shelves get emptied, do a quick wipe-down prior to filling the shelf back up when you go shopping.  It will make the “once-a-month” cleaning much easier.