It can be a thankless – and seemingly never-ending – task to keep your kitchen clean and tidy, but it’s absolutely necessary for good food hygiene.
And fortunately there are a few simple tricks you can adopt to make sure your kitchen is always gleaming, according to Good Housekeeping.
If you have friends whose kitchens are always spotless and have found yourself wondering how they keep it so tidy, it’s likely they tick off these same tasks every day to make sure their cooking space stays sparkling.
Good Housekeeping has revealed the nine daily tasks they claim all people with spotless kitchens do every day
1. FILL IN THE GAPS: Cleaning experts at Good Housekeeping say that people with spotless kitchens will take any opportunity to do a spot of cleaning while they’re waiting – whether it be for the kettle to boil or the oven timer to go off.
2. GET RID OF CLUTTER: Be ruthless and eliminate all clutter from your kitchen, whether it’s a gone-cold cup of tea or a child’s coat. Put paperwork in a specially designated place where it won’t get lost or stained.
3. MEAL PREP: Before you start cooking, fill a bowl with hot soapy water so you can easily and quickly wash your hands as you prepare your meal. Unload the dishwasher so that you can load it with your dirty plates immediately after you’ve eaten.
4. DO A DAILY MINI FRIDGE AUDIT: Check for any spills and wipe them up quickly if there are any, and scan for foods that have gone past their use-by date.
The tips include always keeping a cloth handy and filling a bowl with hot soapy water before you begin cooking to clean your hands easily
5. KEEP A CLOTH HANDY: After every evening meal, wipe around the sinks and taps with hot soapy water or an anti-bacterial spray and then quickly buff to shine. Rinse the cloth out with hot soapy water and leave to dry out for the next day.
6. USE FANS AND SPLASHGUARDS: Put the extractor fan on whenever you use the hob and use a splashguard when frying. Wipe up spills as they occur.
7. USE ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS: If you’ve run out of anti-bacterial spray, use bicarbonate of soda. Mix it with water and it will clean any surface. If you’ve run out of bin bags, use plastic bags. No excuses!
8. ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR OVEN: Wipe up spills after your oven has cooled down or they will become really baked on. A good tip is to leave a heat-resistant bowl of water in the oven for 20 minutes to loosen any dirt. Switch it off, allow to cool and then wipe off the grime.
9. A FINAL SWEEP: Always do one final vacuum or sweep of the floor at the end of the day to stop grime getting too trodden in and to stop it spreading around the house.