Your kitchen is an absolute hotspot for bacteria. Don’t think that it’s because your home is dirty, everyone is in the same boat for this one. Unless their kitchen is a showroom with no food or practical use intended. You see, it’s the food and use of our kitchens, as they’re intended, that welcomes all the bacteria.
Every sauce spill, every oil spit, it all hoists a flag to bacteria that says ‘dinner’s over here. But we’ve got a few cleaning hacks that will transform your kitchen from a bacteria restaurant into a do not enter zone.
When we clean our kitchens, it’s out of habit that we wipe down surfaces and the hob and then move on. On the occasional deep clean we might wipe down the front of all the cabinets, but there’s one area that often gets left for another day. The floor.
It might shock you to learn that your kitchen floor has twice as many bacteria on it than your surfaces do. Not only does it receive the splashes from your cooking, but it also has all the bacteria that you walk into the house and throughout it.
If you want to give your kitchen a deep clean, make sure you clean the floor. That doesn’t mean you need to whack out the mop and bucket, you can grab a spray floor cleaner and give it a wipe with a reusable microfibre cloth. It doesn’t have to require a lot of effort, but it certainly needs doing more than you think!
Your microwave is another area where build-up occurs and is often neglected. While we may regularly take out the rotating plate and give it a scrub, the rest possibly gets neglected and even more rarely, a deep clean. Grab a lemon, squeeze the juice into a microwaveable dish and add 100ml of water.
Then pop it in the microwave for a minute at a time. Allow the mixture to bubble, but not so much so that it spills over and out of control. After the temperature rises enough, the grime on the inside will start to soften. Then it’s a simple case of wiping away!
You’d be right in thinking that you can also use this natural kitchen cleaning hack for the oven! Of course, you’ll need more lemons and water for the bigger area, but the premise is still the same. Leave the mixture in the oven on medium to low heat, wait for it to bubble, and then wipe after it’s cooled down. Just make sure the container you use is oven-proof.
Other natural products can be used around your kitchen. For example, flour can be used to buff out and shine stainless steel, essential oils can be great for giving your food waste bin a fresher smell, and vegetable oil can be used to remove oil stains. There’s a wide range of uses for natural products in your kitchen. High acidity products help remove bacteria and germs, high alkaline help to remove dirt and grime - keep that in mind and you’ll find a cleaning purpose for almost anything in your cupboards!
Now that you’ve paid attention to the areas that need it most and replaced all the harsh chemicals with natural products, the final touch can happen. After you’ve spent your time removing bacteria from the kitchen, make sure that you don’t transfer any of it throughout the rest of your home.
A great way to do this is by grabbing a hand sanitiser. While there are many plastic filled, single-use bottles out there, grab a refillable hand sanitiser. That way you can reduce your waste and improve the cleanliness of the rest of your home.