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People with squeaky clean kitchens make a habit of tidying as they go, meal prepping, and running the dishwasher overnight. If you want a cleaner kitchen, it could be time to steal some of their secrets for your own routine.
‘A clean kitchen doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort,’ says cleaning expert Joyce French from HomeHow.co.uk. ‘With a few simple habits, you can keep your kitchen the way you want it, even when life feels generally upside down.’
Need some help? Read through the seven habits below…
1. Get the right utensils — and keep them close by
Keep your kitchen clutter-free by storing utensils in a cabinet or displaying them decoratively on hooks or rails. When shopping for essentials, it can be tempting to stock up on pots, pans and fancy new kitchen gadgets and appliances, but choose only what you really need.
‘Invest in quality essentials, that will withstand years of use and require little maintenance,’ says Joyce. ‘Everywhere we look there is someone trying to convince us that by buying their product, our lives will be easier. Avoid the clutter by separating essentials from the junk.’
Top tip: Place a small shelf above your sink to display plants, pots of utensils and herbs. The ultimate shelfie, this will also ensure those important items are within easy reach.
2. Choose large bins and recycling containers
Overflowing recycling and rubbish bins can make every kitchen feel cluttered, so it’s important you find the right one for your space. There are lots of container options available, including pedal bins, clever built-in waste disposables and double dustbins to keep unsightly rubbish tucked away.
For anyone with a smaller kitchen (and no spare cupboard space), consider investing in a ‘prettier’ bin that you don’t mind having on display. Sleek matte black bins will complement any interior scheme, while this mint green design from Robert Dyas is a stylish way to store waste. Emptying your bins regularly will also help to avoid unpleasant smells and overspills.
3. Clean as you cook
Cleaning as you cook is a straightforward plan of action. Before you begin preparing a meal, set out an empty bowl to throw in vegetable peels, wrappers, and eggshells. As well as this, fill your sink with hot soapy water to wash up as you go. Cluttered counters and piles of plates can leave any chef feeling overwhelmed, so tidying along the way will save you time at the end — and ensure you have time for a well-deserved rest.
4. Reorganise your fridge regularly
‘Clutter can accumulate quickly in an overfilled kitchen,’ says Joyce. ‘An easy way to maintain an organised fridge, freezer and pantry is to clean them out every time you get groceries. It sounds simple but before your grocery shop, look and see whether you already have the item.’
Top tip: Plan your meals every week to avoid unnecessary food waste, buying only what you need. Meal prep is one of the best ways to set yourself up for the week ahead, so why not give it a go.
5. Use your time effectively
Your kitchen will never stay clean with marathon tidying sessions. If you’re struggling to keep on top of everything, opt for smaller quick and effective jobs instead.
Some of the things you can do include cleaning your microwave in just five minutes with a bowl of water. To do this, stir half a lemon into the water and place in the microwave on high for three minutes (ensure you wear oven gloves when removing the bowl). Once you’ve taken it out, wipe away the grease and grime inside with a cloth. You’ll be amazed by the results!
6. Run the dishwasher before you go to bed
‘Starting the day with an empty dishwasher sets you up for success,’ says Joyce, suggesting that we all put on a load before bed. Instead of waking up to a pile of dirty dishes, let them clean overnight whilst you sleep.
‘This way, you can start every morning with a clean and peaceful kitchen, making the rest of the day easier. Breakfast dishes can go straight into the dishwasher, instead of leaving them to pile by the sink.’
7. Spot clean throughout the day
Keep on top of your chores by spot cleaning throughout the day. Tidying the whole house in one day is overwhelming for anyone, which is why breaking it down into manageable bitesized chunks could help you cope.
‘A spot clean should take seconds and is used to maintain a spotless kitchen, ready for a deeper clean when you have more time,’ adds Joyce. ‘Simply grab a wet cloth and wipe the affected areas or give the floors a quick sweep. Ensure that other family members are also learning how to spot clean, so that you are not the only one always cleaning!’
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