When it comes to keeping the kitchen clean, I think we’d all agree that the aim is to get the job done as quickly and effectively as possible. Let’s face it, there are much more fun things to spend time on!
Here are six easy ways to keep your kitchen clean and prevent the dirt building up, so you can avoid a major cleaning session altogether.
Minimise worktop clutter
This is a great place to start when it comes to keeping the kitchen clean – or anywhere in your home for that matter. It’s so much harder to keep a cluttered room clean, because there are lots more places for dirt to build up. Keep your worktops as clear as possible, and only leave out appliances and equipment that get used very regularly. Your kitchen will look neater, you’ll be less daunted by the prospect of cleaning, and the actual cleaning will take less time too.
Unblock the sink
If your sink isn’t emptying as quickly as it used to, it’s time to deal with the blockage before it becomes a real problem.
Sink unblocker is a really quick and convenient way to unblock your sink. You simply pour it into the plughole, wait for half an hour, and then pour water through the sink again. Choosing a biodegradable formula will avoid damage to pipes, and limit environmental impact.
Catch oven drips
Cleaning the oven is one of those jobs that we all hate and put off, right? Use a drip tray under messy dishes such as pizzas and casseroles and you’ll greatly reduce the amount of baked-on food, which will in turn mean you have to clean the oven less often. You can use a baking tray on the rack below the food, or go for a non-stick oven liner that you cut to fit and place on the base of the oven. Avoid this last option if there are heating elements on the oven base though.
Clean the kettle
You wouldn’t dream of sitting at your oak table with a grubby coffee cup, would you? But how often do you clean the kettle that made your drink?
We tend to neglect cleaning the kettle, because it only comes into contact with water. But when you’re boiling it several times a day, limescale can quickly build up. This buildup can affect the quality of your tea, and also make it harder for your kettle to become hot, resulting in higher electricity usage and a more expensive cuppa.
A quick and easy way to remove limescale from your kettle is to use a quick descaler product, which is specifically made for an electric kettle. You just pour in the liquid, leave for the recommended time, and rinse afterwards. Other options are the use of cleaning vinegar, lemon juice or even cola!
While you’re tackling this job, give the outside of the kettle a wipe too – grime can quickly build up on the handle, and limescale can creep onto the lid and spout.
Similarly to the cleaning of a kettle, your coffee machine can also be cleaned and descaled. There are special products tailor-made to clean a coffee machine, and you can also install descaler products that enable you to make more cups of coffee before the water quality goes down.
The power of vinegar
Vinegar is brilliant for cleaning multiple items in the kitchen – and it’s cheap too. Use it in the washing machine on an empty load to get rid of damp smells, and in the dishwasher to combat hard water. It’s also great for cutting through grease, removing pesticide residue from fruit and veg, cleaning windows, and even dissolving glue!
Tidy for five minutes every day
This is a great habit to get into, and it will make keeping your kitchen clean so much easier. Spend a few minutes each day clearing clutter from the worktops, putting ingredients and dishes away, washing up, wiping appliance fronts and doors, and emptying the bin. You’ll avoid a major cleaning session, and when you do have to clean, you won’t need to spend ages tidying up first.
What’s your top tip for keeping the kitchen clean with minimum effort?