To call the average kitchen a hotbed of activity would be an understatement. In addition to serving as a home’s primary food prep and dining area, the kitchen is a place where people read, work, study and reconnect with family members. Given how much use most households get out of their kitchen, there’s little wonder as to why this area has a tendency to get very messy very quickly. In fact, depending on the size of your family, your kitchen may exist in a state of perpetual untidiness. If you are a person looking to consistently keep your kitchen clean, we think you will be well-served by the following tips.
Effective Ways To Consistently Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Don’t Put Dishwashing On The Backburner
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who actually enjoys washing dishes. In fact, after enjoying a good deal, cleaning up is generally the last thing on someone’s mind. However, as cumbersome as dishwashing can be, it’s even more of a slog if you allow dishes to pile up. The more dirty dishes accumulate, the less inclined any member of your household will be to tend to them. If this goes on long enough, your supply of clean dishes will start to dwindle, thereby creating a whole new set of problems.
With this in mind, it behooves your family to get dishwashing out of the way posthaste. No one relishes ending a meal with a dishwashing session, but getting this chore out of the way will save you a considerable amount of time and hassle. Washing dishes after each meal instead of allowing dirty dishes to pile up can mean the difference between spending minutes washing dishes and spending hours on it. For maximum convenience, consider tasking every member of your household with washing their own dishes. You’re sure to receive some blowback from your children, but this policy ultimately ensures that everyone spends only the bare minimum of time on dishwashing.
Frequently Wipe Down Your Sink
Wiping down your sink in the immediate aftermath of food prep or dishwashing can help prevent the need for time-consuming heavy-duty cleanings. Leaving dirty dishes or discarded ingredients in the sink stands to create difficult-to-remove rings and spots – in addition to bad smells. Luckily, you can nip these problems in the bud by wiping down your sink with warm water and a small amount of dish soap after each use. This shouldn’t take more than a minute or two and stands to save you a considerable amount of time down the road.
Get The Drop On Spills
Spills are common occurrences in most kitchens, particularly those frequented by young children. However, because of time constraints and/or outright exhaustion, many people fail to address spills in a timely manner. If not promptly removed, certain spills can create long-lasting stains and sticky spots that mar the aesthetic beauty of various flooring and countertops. That being the case, make a point of getting the drop on every spill you come across. The sooner a spill is wiped up, the less likely staining is to occur.
Keep in mind that not all spills occur on floors and countertops. Stove-based spills, for example, should be addressed in just as timely a fashion, as they can pave the way for potential safety hazards. By the same token, people wondering how to clean a range hood filter should spend some time with their stove’s owner’s manual.
Make Sure Waste Receptacles Are Easily Accessible
Keeping large, easy-to-spot waste receptacles in your kitchen is a great way to curb messes when entertaining guests. After all, if someone doesn’t know where to put their trash, they’re liable to leave it lying around. You can get around this by placing easily-accessible trash cans and recycle bins in a prominent area of your kitchen.
In many households, the kitchen serves as the central activity hub. From dining to food prep to hanging out with friends, the average kitchen fulfills a variety of needs. Unsurprisingly, given the plethora of activities that take place in most kitchens, these areas tend to be fairly messy. However, this doesn’t mean families need to accept consistently filthy kitchens as inevitable. Armed with the previously discussed pointers, you can keep your kitchen clean without sacrificing copious amounts of time, money or elbow grease.
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