The best ways to clean and organize your kitchen.
You would never guess it, but the kitchen is the dirtiest room in your home. Many believe that the bathroom would be the most germ-infested, however, because people assume it’s so dirty, they generally spend more time disinfecting it. In fact, did you know that there are more bacteria on the average cutting board than there is on the average toilet seat?
That’s pretty gross…really gross, actually.
Life Maid Easy wants your kitchen to be as clean as you thought it was. Below you can find tips and tricks on how to keep your kitchen organized, tidy, and clean. At least, hopefully cleaner than your washroom…
5 natural ways to keep your kitchen clean
Often underestimated due to its simplicity, hot water is easily able to get rid of unwanted gunk, dirt, and bacteria from your kitchen surfaces. Sometimes referred to as the “universal solvent,” hot water is more powerful than you know. Soak a paper towel or cloth in hot water, or pour some directly on to the area. Just make sure that if you use a cloth, it gets thoroughly washed after you use it.
Re-using cloths and sponges without washing them is part of the reason our kitchens are such a hot bed for bacteria. Germs soak in to our sponges and cloths, and then we use them for what we think is “cleaning.” We can prevent this by simply cleaning that which we use to clean with.
Cleaning what we clean with…how clean can you get?!
Easy to come by, a scrapper allows you to more easily remove stuck-on stains. This flexible tool can get to hard-to-reach areas and remove things like, food that seems almost cemented on to our kitchenware. We’ve all made a sauce that has splattered all over our walls and countertops…sometimes water just won’t do. That’s when it becomes a job for…The Scrapper!
Sometimes we don’t even notice built-up grime in our homes until we treat the area. Citrus is a great all-natural solution to grime build up. Simply cut open either a lemon or grapefruit and pour some salt over the exposed portion. Then take your salted-up-citrus-of-choice and rub it over the affected area. Wait for an hour, and then wash it off with warm water. Not only will the grime be gone, but it’ll smell great as well!
A must in every household. Steel wool allows for heavy duty scrubbing, so be careful when you’re using it as it is rather abrasive.
10 gadgets to help keep your kitchen clean
Quintuple Herb Scissors
As stated before, cutting boards are a haven for bacteria. Any sort of cut or crack made in the cutting board by our knives allows for bacteria to slip in and set up camp. This is why herb scissors are so great. Herbs are one of the things we chop the most, in order to get them super fine. These scissors allow you to avoid contact with the cutting board.
Prevents crumbs from falling out and in to your cupboards. This could also prevent any future bug infestations.
We don’t know how it happens, but it does: Tupperware containers fill our cupboards, but somehow the lid disappears. Cover blubber allows you to not only cover any sized container or plate, but also fruit or veggies that you’ve sliced open, but want to save for later. “Save it for later” just became a whole lot easier.
Colander with screw
This colander has a screw-on bottom, meaning once you’re done cleaning off your veggies, you can use it as a salad bowl! It’s the perfect way to save space.
By cooking two things in the same pan, you not only save time, you also save yourself some dishes to clean. As an added bonus, it allows you to maintain proper portion sizes.
Magnetic bottle storage
Bottles can take up a lot more room than we think! By hanging the beer above all of your groceries, you have more room to stay organized and fill your fridge with other necessities. The more organized your fridge is, the easier it is to keep it clean.
Instant French fry slicer
This one is valuable in the same way the herb scissors are: it allows you to avoid that gross cutting board. Also, it saves you time, which means more time to clean! Plus, French fries. That is all.
Lid holder and spoon rest combo
Did you know that the average counter top has 50 additional bacteria, compared to a toilet seat? With a lid and spoon holder, you can prevent your cooking utensils from touching the counter, and not only only picking up the bacteria, but also adding to the mess.
Clear gap covers
The space between our counters and the stovetop is one of the most easily dirtied areas in our home. Crumbs, sauces, and other pieces of garbage can easily slip through while we’re cooking or cleaning up. The gap cover prevents this tiny space from becoming a second garbage can.
Zip and dry apron towel
This apron is perfect for quick cleanups, and best of all, it’s super easy to wash. Don’t waste your time searching for a cloth, now you have one attached to you!
Not only does this save room and prevent clutter (we all have that drawer full of random kitchen tools…), it also allows you to get every last drop of whatever you’re measuring out. Instead of furiously scrapping the bottom, just push it up and get the most out of your measuring.