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Tips for Cleaning the Kitchen

kitchen3By Clifford Woods

Based on the words of the mass media, our kitchens have harmful bacteria thriving in them. They state that salmonella, E. coli, and various other harmful germs are everywhere. Fortunately, this is all completely wrong unless you have piles of raw chicken all over the place.

The reality is that regular care and consideration with a couple simple organic cleaning ingredients will make your kitchen area as clean and bacteria-free as it should be. If you are using chemical-based products, it would be a good idea to switch to all-natural solutions such as those that contain beneficial microorganisms as they are much better for your health and the environment.

If you want to use only natural products found in your home, baking soda is a great eco-friendly cleaning solution to make use of, particularly in the kitchen. It is safe to use around food and has absolutely no smell. Baking soda is also slightly coarse; however it will not harm your surfaces at all. Lemon juice and vinegar are also cleaning solutions to have around the home.

If you are stressing about what insect poison or some other chemical residues might be lurking on your fresh vegetables and fruit, then cleaning your produce with a small amount of baking soda will give you a peace of mind as this is a guaranteed way to get rid of chemicals and dirt. Rinse off the fruit or vegetable well and make sure to dry it if you plan on storing it for a long time.

Tile floors can be washed using a bucket of warm water combined with a half cup of baking soda. Just mop as normal while using the combination and rinse extensively. You can add a bit of lemon juice to the water to produce a refreshing aroma.

Sink Drains
Once weekly, pour a quarter cup of baking soda straight down each of your kitchen drains along with a half cup of vinegar. Allow this blend to sit in the drain for twenty minutes or more without the other fluids going down. As this is resting, boil some water on your stove. Lastly, rinse the drain with the boiling water you just prepared.

To simply eliminate splatters and build-ups in the microwave, put a quarter cup of vinegar to one cup of water in a container and then place it into the microwave. Turn it on for three minutes and then let it steam for about ten minutes. Once the time has passed, the buildup food should now be loose enough for you to wipe away with ease.

If the cubes which are taken from the automated ice cube machine taste odd, consider washing the detachable parts of the device with a water and baking soda solution.

Coffee Mugs
Coffee stains can be removed from light-colored mugs simply by using a damp sponge or cloth dipped in baking soda. If the patches are proving to be persistent, try rubbing them with a bit of salt.

Wipe down your kitchen surfaces with vinegar daily as this will make them shinny and keep your kitchen smelling clean. You may also slice a lemon ­in half, spread some baking soda on it, and wash the countertop with this to obtain the same results.  Rinse well when done.

Put just a little salt on to a soft cloth and gently rub the items. After that, clean the silverware manually with dish detergent and warm water. Cautiously dry each piece by blotting it. Sterling silver can be washed using a composite of two tablespoons of salt and a half cup of vinegar. Lightly apply in the paste, rinse, and dry extensively.

Maintaining a Clean Kitchen

cabinetsBy Clifford Woods

Bacteria can live just about anywhere, however the kitchen appears to attract germs a lot more than any other room in the house.  This is mainly due to the daily food preparation and the level of moisture. Along with more stories than ever of food poisoning, people who cook at home have become more conscious of the dangers of bacteria and germs in the kitchen.

Consider each of the possible areas in the kitchen that can hold viruses such as the sink, counter tops, stoves, microwaves, tabletops, floors, and chairs as well as dozens of small kitchen products that make food preparation so hassle-free.

With the amount of possible ways germs can infest the kitchen; it is great to know how you can stop them dead in their tracks. Let’s take a look at five simple ways for keeping your kitchen free of germs.

Stay organized
Disorder makes it very hard to wash the countertops, cupboards, and so on. When a countertop has a great deal of products kept on it, you may have been enticed to only wipe down and clean the obvious areas. Also, organize and clean your cabinets from time to time and wipe them down with an organic solution.

Replace your dish cloths and sponges frequently. Dish cloths must be cleaned in hot water to eliminate germs. Hand towels should just be used to dry your hands and never to clean up splatters on the counter tops.  Once used to dry hands you should hang them up to dry and for others to use. Make use of paper towels for leaks and spills.

Handling raw food
Cleaning raw ingredients can help get rid of a number of germs. Additionally, keep raw foods far from other ingredients. Eggs really should be stored in their carton and meats need to be placed in their proper product packaging in order to avoid contact with other products.

Keep Hands Clean
One of the most typical ways viruses spread is by means of our hands. We touch raw ingredients, after which we forget and grab something from the cupboard, or touch the fridge door. We might grab a utensil from the cabinet after coming in contact with raw foods.

Just make sure you remember to wash your hands after working with any sort of raw product, especially meats.

Wash Electrical Devices
Electrical devices often end up being the most ignored things in a kitchen, however these can easily hold germs the same as every other item.

The can opener, as an example, has food particles from the can that get onto the blade as it is opening the lid. The coffee machine may become a mating ground for bacteria and mold, especially if you leave water in the reservoir over night.

Microwaves usually have food stuck to the walls or platter when cooking, so be sure to cover all food items when heating them up to prevent this.

And do make sure all electrical devices and things mentioned above are thoroughly cleaned regularly.

Maintain Clean Countertops
Use an organic cleaner to wash your countertops after every meal. Even though you might not have placed food right onto the counter, there will probably be bacteria from the utensils, product packaging, and even your own hands.

Countertops must also be cleaned after snacking and right after bringing in food from the store in grocery bags because the bags have made contact with many dirty surfaces. For example, the clean bags used for transporting your food products first make contact with the bagger’s hands, then the cart, after which it is placed in your trunk; lots of places to pick up germs, so clean your counter tops!

Furthermore, if your own hands are not clean then you are putting even more germs onto the bags. It is advisable that you throw out these bags when flu season is around, just to be on the safe side.

Getting Rid of Pungent Kitchen Odors

By Clifford Woods

trashThe busiest part of your home is usually the kitchen. For this reason, it is very important that one gets a sense of comfort and cleanliness while in there. It often happens that your kitchen becomes a source of awful odors; even in extremely clean houses.

This is basically due to the fact that there tend to be more odor causing things in the kitchen than from all the other rooms in your house combined. When you enter your home, in all likelihood the first thing you will notice is the smell, if it is bad. On the other hand, if the scent is fresh and clean, then you are almost certainly going to make a good impression with your guests, plus the fact that you will enjoy coming home!

To successfully overcome kitchen smells, you need to take direct action to treat every single one of the sources of the odor and never attempt to just mask it with chemical odor spray in the air. These types of odor sprays only temporary cover the smell and will not get rid of it for you.

There are several solutions available to wash surfaces and counters. Fortunately, these days you don’t have to worry about cleaning your kitchen with harsh chemicals.  There are now many organic products available on the market.

Maintaining clean surfaces on a daily basis and right after use is a major and simple solution to minimize stench build-up to begin with. Even if you do keep your kitchen clean, there are many problem areas that may have been overlooked.

Where’s the Source of Your Kitchen Odor?

Garbage Area
The odor from trash can rapidly spread throughout your entire house. To get rid of this problem, first and foremost get rid of the trash causing the smell. Second, use an organic odor eliminator with beneficial microorganisms in order to eliminate the stench for good.

If you are not quite ready to empty the trash can (not full), spraying something like this into the trash can and directly on the garbage can eliminate odors until you are ready to empty your trash can

You might be shocked to find out just how much a stinky fridge can result in a foul smelling kitchen, let alone having your fresh food taste like rotting cheese or fish. It is certainly crucial that you keep your refrigerator thoroughly clean from splatters and leaks in order to prevent the spread of those lingering smells. An organic odor eliminator can be used in the refrigerator as well.

Stove Vent
As oils and fats accumulate, so will the smells. Work with an all-natural citrus-based degreaser to wash away these nasty deposits. Such solutions can successfully cut through oil in order to allow you to easily wipe it away without any residue. There are many efficient and organic cleansing agents designed for this.

Yet another point where smells can build up. Beneath the sink where humidity builds up and water is stored. Be sure to use an all-natural odor eliminator here after you wipe down the area.

Cabinets are one more cause of kitchen odor that most people don’t suspect, and they continue to store food items, oil-based products, and moist dishes along with other various kitchen products. The best way to get rid of this cause for kitchen smells is to apply an organic odor eliminator in every cabinet to get rid of the smell for good; plus a good cleaning every once in a while will not hurt.

Garbage Disposal
There is numerous solutions to keep smells away from here. You could pour baking soda down the drain to reduce the smell, which will get rid of minor odors, or make use of an all-natural odor remover.

In the end, the main point here is to keep your kitchen area clean as well as work with activated carbon odor absorbers for odor-causing spots in addition to organic degreasers and deodorizes for garbage disposal units. Be sure to invest in an all-natural odor eliminator containing beneficial microorganisms as this is the best way to eliminate odors for good.