The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in one’s home. After all, this is where you should spend some time preparing healthy food for yourself and maybe even your family. What’s more, the kitchen tends to have more appliances and equipment compared to other rooms to make cooking, preparing and storing food easier for every household. In that sense, it’s crucial that you take good care of your kitchen space as well as the equipment in it. And there’s a lot that you can do, even without too much effort.
1. Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Clutter-Free
First things first – if you want to maintain your kitchen equipment and improve the safety of this area in general, you need to make sure that the space where you keep and prepare food is clean. That said, establish a regular cleaning routine on a weekly basis so that you don’t actually have to spend too much time on tidying up. Make sure to remove dust and dirt as well as wipe the surfaces clean from grease and food residue. It would be a lot easier to do this if you minimize the clutter in your kitchen in the first place.
2. Wipe the Sink after Doing the Dishes
Not many people realize that residue from dirty dishes can actually cause damage to your sink and pipes in the kitchen. It’s not enough to just wash the dishes and then proceed to ignore the state of your sink. Make sure to wipe the sink as well, especially if there are some food particles left on the surface. This will also prevent the odor from spreading in case the particles get stuck in the drain. Of course, it’s essential that you clean your garbage disposal during your routine weekly clean-up as well.
3. Clean and Empty the Dishwasher
If you have a dishwasher, you won’t have to wash everything in the sink, which is great. But, it’s still important to keep the sink clean and empty when it comes to those items that can’t go in the dishwasher. Make sure to check the dishwasher’s manual if you’re unsure about what’s dishwasher safe and what isn’t. Also, if you want to maintain your dishwasher properly and keep it perfectly functional for longer, make it a point to empty it completely right after every cycle. If necessary, wipe the grates as well.
4. Keep Your Fridge in Good Working Order
Just like any other appliance in the kitchen, the fridge also needs to be kept clean. Otherwise, the smell can turn really bad and spoil the items you store inside. Aside from regular cleaning, make sure that the seal on your fridge door is tight enough. In case this gets loose, your fridge will waste more energy and can easily break down faster. In the same vein, make sure to vacuum the condenser coil as dust can affect the fridge’s ability to run properly. Also, place your fridge as far away from the stove as possible.
5. A Clean Stove is a Safe Stove
Stove (and oven) is something people tend to use the most in their kitchen. As such, it’s not uncommon for plates, burners, and grates to get greasy and dirty. Therefore, it’s essential that you give these a proper clean. Soaking the grates in soapy water will help as well. For more stubborn grease spots, you can use a toothbrush for added pressure. Of course, choose your favorite grease-removing solution.
6. Boost Safety with Clean Air
Unfortunately, people often tend to ignore their ventilation system when it comes to the kitchen. But if you want this area to be clean and safe, it’s only natural that the air has to be clean and flow freely as well. Not to mention that stuffy air doesn’t agree well with the plethora of vapors that tend to engulf the kitchen space. That said, make sure that your ventilation system and fire ducts are completely clean. In case you aren’t satisfied with this aspect of your kitchen, a ventilation upgrade or fire duct installation would make a huge difference for your kitchen safety, health, and overall air quality.
7. Stay on Top of Garbage
If you want your kitchen to be clean, which will also help you maintain the kitchen equipment better, it’s paramount that you manage your garbage properly. For starters, you need to get garbage bins of adequate size for your household; you don’t want them spilling over. Try your best to separate your recyclables. Also, once the bin bag is full, move it outside or to some other storage far from the kitchen area to prevent odor from spreading, as well as the worst-case scenario – bugs and pests from coming.
When your kitchen and appliances are kept clean with proper air ventilation and adequate storage, you’ll create a safe and inspirational setting that’s crucial for a healthy lifestyle.
About the Author:
Kevin is a new homeowner who chooses to tackle much of the work on his house himself. His tinkering has been overseen by his son, and today they are proud to live in a partly dream, partly nightmare home. You can read more of his exploits at PlainHelp.