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How to Clean Your Kitchen Efficiently and Effortlessly

Kitchen cleaning may sound like a difficult and daunting task. But, if you want to get it done without hassles, break it up into small manageable tasks.

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A clean kitchen is a healthy space, not only for your food but also for you and your family. It is important to clean your kitchen daily to keep it hygienic and free of germs. Yes, it may look like a tiresome task that gets added up over and above the other tasks of the day. We are here to simplify it for you.

Why Is It Important to Clean Your Kitchen?

You make your meals, store your food items and wash your dishes in your kitchen. An unclean kitchen can become a hot spot for pests. This, in turn, can jeopardize the health of your loved ones. It is, therefore, important to clear the kitchen platform every night before sleeping. There should be no leftover food items or food crumbs on the countertop. Wipe clean the kitchen platform with a disinfectant. Use a suitable disinfectant spray such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray, which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first. Don’t forget to read the instructions on the product, and check if it’s recommended for soft and porous surfaces. To maintain superior hygiene in your kitchen, deep clean your kitchen at least once a week. 

Follow the steps given here to add efficiency to your kitchen cleaning routine. 

Ingredients to Keep Handy

a) Paper Towels

b) Microfibre Cloth

c) Kitchen Towels

d) Disinfectant Spray

e) Dishwashing Liquid

f) Kitchen Cleaner

g) Floor Cleaner 

h) Vacuum Cleaner 

i) Broom

j) Mop

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Cleaning the Kitchen Gas Stove

  1. Step 1: Wash the Burners

    If you are wondering how to clean the kitchen gas stove, it is easy. The gas burners should be washed frequently to keep them clean and free of food debris. Gas burners can be removed by hand.  Follow instructions in the product manual for the correct and safe way to do this.  Add 1 drop of dishwashing liquid in a bowl of lukewarm water. Soak a sponge with this solution and scrub the burners with this sponge. Rinse off the soapy layer with tap water and wipe them dry with a clean towel. 

  2. Step 2: Wipe the Stove

    Use a kitchen cleaner to clean your stove. You can try Cif Kitchen Cleaner for this. It helps cut through grease and clean stains. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions. To prevent the stains from hardening, wipe them off as soon as you spot them. 

  3. Step 3: Remove and Wash the Knobs

    Yes, the gas knobs need washing too. Remove this only as instructed by manufacturer. You will find the instruction in the product manual. You can also seek professional help. You can use the dishwashing gel and water solution. Grab an old toothbrush to scrub the insides. However, do not use a hard-bristle brush as it can remove the markings from your knobs. 

  4. Step 4: Wipe Clean the Chimney

    Use the soapy solution to wipe the exteriors. Rinse using a damp cotton cloth. Clean the filter at least once a month. You can wash it with a dishwashing liquid. We like Vim. 

Cleaning the Kitchen Oven

  1. Step 1: Clean the Oven Racks

    If there is food stuck on the racks, soak it in a dishwashing solution overnight. The food particles come off easily when they’ve been soaked for a few hours. Scrub with a soft sponge and rinse in normal tap water. 

  2. Step 2: Make Oven Cleaning Mixture

    Make a paste using ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp water. Spread this paste on the insides of the oven and leave it there for a few hours. Later, wipe clean the oven using a slightly damp cleaning cloth. 

  3. Step 3: Clean the Exteriors

    Once you have cleaned the interiors, clean the exteriors too. You can try Cif Kitchen Cleaner for this. It helps cut through grease and clean stains. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions.

Cleaning the Fridge

  1. Step 1: Empty the Fridge

    Cleaning the fridge can be easy. Unplug your refrigerator from the main power source and take out all the contents. Check for expiry dates on packaged foods and throw away items which can no longer be consumed. Remove the shelves and trays from your fridge. Soak them in soapy water.

  2. Step 2: Spray Cleaning Solution in the Fridge

    Add 1 cup of water to 1 tsp each of dishwashing gel and white vinegar. Pour this liquid in an empty spray bottle. Use it to spray the solution on the sides and the floor of the fridge. Let the solution sit on the fridge’s surface for 10 minutes and wipe it off using a damp cloth. Use an old toothbrush to get the hard-to-reach spaces. 

  3. Step 3: Refill Your Fridge

    Wipe the fridge trays and shelves dry with a clean towel. Fix them back in your fridge and neatly stack your food items on these shelves. 

Cleaning the Kitchen Cabinets and Counters

  1. Step 1: Dust

    Remove any dust or loose dirt by brushing down the surfaces first.

  2. Step 2: Treat with Kitchen Cleaner

    Treat the surfaces, especially dirt and grease-covered spots with an efficient kitchen cleaning product. You can clean your kitchen shelves with a cleaner like Cif Kitchen Cleaner. It helps cut through grease and to thoroughly clean the stains. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions.

  3. Step 3: Wash Your Cabinets

    Wash down the surfaces as well as the inside and front of cabinets with a cloth and warm soapy water. Apply pressure right into the corners to remove the trapped dirt. An old, clean toothbrush can be handy to scrub hard-to-reach spots such as around the hinges.

  4. Step 4: Dry the Surface

    Use a clean microfiber cloth to prevent watermarks on your sparkling cabinets. 

Cleaning the Kitchen Sink

  1. Step 1: Do Wash the Sink

    Start by washing all the dirty dishes using a dishwashing liquid. Use Vim Dishwash Gel to keep them clean and shiny. Check the pack to understand correct usage instructions. Now, wash your stainless steel sink with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Scrub the nooks and crevices in the sink with an old toothbrush. Rinse with plain water. 

  2. Step 2: Wash the Taps

    Use the warm soapy water to remove any stains on your kitchen taps. 

  3. Step 3: Treat Hard Water Stains

    If you get hard water supply, you’ll notice your sink has started to look cloudy. To fix this, cover your bathroom sink with a solution that contains 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Rinse with a damp microfiber cloth. Dry using paper towels. 

How do you know that the surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom have been disinfected?

Cleaning the Kitchen Walls 

Remove dust from the corners of your kitchen walls using a broom. 

Wash the oil or grease from your kitchen walls using warm soapy water. Always check if your kitchen walls are resistant to water by running a small patch test in an inconspicuous area. 

Once the stains are gone, take a damp sponge and wipe the entire surface clean. Allow maximum air circulation after this step. You may keep the windows open or turn on the fan.

Cleaning the Dishwasher 

Food particles get accumulated in the corners. It is important to clear this. Fill water in a spray bottle and use it on these areas. It will help loosen the gunk. You can use a cotton cloth or a sponge to clean it. Repeat the process once again if needed.

Add vinegar and run an empty cycle in your dishwasher. If there’s a food trap in your dishwasher, empty it and wash it too.

Wipe clean the exteriors of your dishwasher using a kitchen cleaner like Cif Kitchen Cleaner. It helps cut through grease and clean stains. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions.

Clean Small Kitchen Appliances 

You must not forget to clean the smaller appliances like toaster, mixer grinder and water heater while deep cleaning your kitchen. Wipe clean the exterior surfaces using a kitchen cleaner such as Cif Kitchen Cleaner. It helps cut through grease and clean the stains thoroughly. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions.If the food residue has hardened in the microwave, add water to a glass and bring it to boiling point. The steam will loosen the gunk. Now, wash the turntable in the microwave with warm soapy water. 

Cleaning the Kitchen Floor 

Get rid of the surface dirt from the floor using a vacuum cleaner. You can also sweep the floor with a broom. 

If you’re mopping the floor, mop the floor with an effective floor cleaning agent. After cleaning, disinfect it. We recommend the Domex Floor Cleaner, which is available in the market. Disinfect the floor with Domex Floor Cleaner that contains Sodium Hypochlorite as an active ingredient. Use as directed on the pack; test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first.

Deep cleaning your kitchen may not seem like an exciting prospect. But, fortunately, you do not have to do it all at once. Create a list of the things you need to do and spread it over a week. This will help you maintain superior levels of cleanliness and hygiene in your kitchen.

Maintaining a Clean Kitchen

To maintain a clean kitchen, quickly clean the surfaces with a damp cloth after each use. To clean any stains, mix ½ cup of white vinegar in 2 cups of water and pour in a spray bottle. Spray when needed and scrub using a soft sponge. Allow the cleaned surfaces to dry completely. Also, to remove any odour from your kitchen, simply keep a bowl of baking soda in a corner. It absorbs unpleasant odours and neutralizes the air in the room.

Remember to keep the doors open after cleaning to allow air circulation.

Key Step 

Kitchen cleaning products often need to be left on for some time for the cleaning agent in the product to work its magic. Therefore, it can be a good idea to rotate around your kitchen applying a suitable cleaning product to different appliances and surfaces, and then work your way back around to each item to start scrubbing!

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