As a high traffic area, your kitchen needs deep cleaning occasionally. Check out our tips for eco-friendly kitchen deep cleaning, which we put together for you down below.
How to clean your countertops
Countertops are the epicenter for bacteria and grime. They are exposed to raw meat, produce, sauce, dirty hands, spills and everything in between. Because you use them to prepare food, you have to be extra cautious. Cleaning your countertops before and after cooking is an essential step. When it comes to deep cleaning, you can use a mixture of plain water and dish soap. Apply the solution to the surface and let it sit for a while.
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After that grab a microfiber cloth and start rubbing. When you are cleaning, be sure to go for the S-pattern, that is, start from one corner and work your way to the other corner. Then little by little work your way to the bottom of the countertop.
This step will help you to get rid of any grime or stains that are present on your countertops. As a final step, you want to spray the surface with rubbing alcohol. You don’t need to rinse. Let it dry on its own. This will keep germs at bay.
How to clean your cupboards
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To deep clean the inside of your cupboards and drawers, create a solution of half cup water and half cup white vinegar. Add tea tree essential oil if you wish; it has disinfecting properties. Take all the contents out of your cabinets, get rid of dust and debris either by vacuuming or by wiping the surface with a dry microfiber cloth. The next thing you want to do is sprinkle a generous amount of your solution and wipe down with another clean cloth or rag. Let it dry and repeat for all the drawers and cupboards.
How to clean your sink
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Ah, if sinks could speak… It’s hard to imagine all the nastiness that harbors on them and thank God we can’t see all the bacteria lurking there because we would be disgusted for a lifetime. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for the revolting offenders to build an army in the corners and crevices of your sink. You can use this simple and eco-friendly sink cleaner to get rid of said bacteria. The recipe by Cleaners Chelsea mixes half cup of rubbing alcohol, a few drops of mild dish soap (castile soap would suffice), half cup of water and a few drops of essential oil(completely optional). Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and spray a generous amount of the solution onto your sink.
Next, sprinkle some baking soda over the surface and let it work for a few minutes. Scrub well with a brush or the scrubby side of a sponge and watch grime disappear.
How to clean cutting boards
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When we are talking about deep cleaning your kitchen, we can’t skip cutting boards. They are a real heath threat because they are more susceptible to bacteria than glass.
For wood boards, apply kosher salt to the surface. Now, you want to cut a lemon in half and use the squishy part to rub the entire wood board. It is a wise idea to squeeze some juice over the surface and let it work for a while. When the time is up, hold the board under hot water. Towel dry. You’re done.
How to clean your floor
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We’ve cleaned some high traffic areas in the kitchen and now it’s time for the final step – cleaning the floors. For this task you are going to need a bucket of warm water and a cup of mild dish soap. Combine and stir well. Dampen your mop and clean the floor ,starting from the farthest point in the kitchen. Let dry. Voilà! Now your kitchen is shiny.
As you can see, the basic ingredients for kitchen deep cleaning are white vinegar, dish soap, baking soda and plain water. Inexpensive, easy to find and always at hand. We hope that.
Article contributed by : Kathleen Crane