How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

It’s time to clean up your act when cleaning the house! For anyone who’s stopped to think whether the cloth they used to wipe the baby’s mouth after breakfast was the same one they used to clean the kitchen floor, Simply Clean will be a welcome relief.

Victoria Fulford, the brains behind Simply Clean, has some scarey insights into how clean your kitchen really is, and some great advice and tips on how to get on top of your kitchen.

Kitchen Facts

- The kitchen harbours more germs than any other room in the house.
- Kitchen sponges are the #1 source of germs in the whole house.
- One single bacteria cell can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours.
- The number of bacteria it takes to make people sick ranges from 10 to millions.
- The average cutting board has about 200% more faecal bacteria than the average toilet seat.
- The kitchen sink contains 100 000 times more germs than a bathroom or toilet.
- 40% of food poisoning occurs in the home.
- Dish rags are no better than your sponges.
- The Fridge can see a lot of bacteria especially the bottom shelf. When foods leak or drip from above, it all collects at the bottom.
- According to a 2008 study cold viruses were found on all the test subjects salt and pepper shakers!

Ok so we know how dirty our kitchen is now what are we going to do about it?

Step 1

Before cleaning your kitchen you need to get prepared and throw out all your old kitchen sponges, scrubbers and cloths. Pop into Woolworths and buy a Simply Clean Kitchen 4 Pack and a Microfibre 4 pack. The sponges are colour coded and labelled so you and everyone in your home know which product to use on each surface and area.

You are now ready to tackle that kitchen.

Step 2

Dust all surfaces with a dry microfibre dusting cloth.

Step 3

Fill up your sink with warm water and your favourite cleaning solution so you can soak your cloths regularly.

Step 4

Start at one side of your kitchen. Wipe every surface with a kitchen sponge cloth or microfibre cloth whichever you prefer. For stubborn caked on dirt or food use a scrubber or scourer. Test on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t scratch your surface.

Step 5

Ok now the surfaces are clean its time to tackle the microwave, oven and fridge. A clever little tip for the microwave is to place a cup of water inside and boil for a couple of minutes. This will loosen everything up and make cleaning easier. You should clean your oven at least once a month with your favourite cleaning solution. For a green approach try a mix of baking soda, salt and water. Leave the solution on overnight to get rid of germs.

Another monthly task is the fridge. Clean out your fridge and wash the drawers with your favourite cleaning solution and water.

Step 6

Use a Simply Clean Stainless Steel Microfibre cloth to wipe away dirt, grime and fingerprints from stainless steel appliances. You don?t need chemical cleansers with this clever little cloth. If marks are stubborn simply dampen the cloth and wipe.

Step 7

Now the surfaces, microwave, oven and fridge are clean its time to clean out the sink. Make sure you scrub and remove any trace of your cleaning solution.

Step 8

Last step is the floor. Simply vacuum or sweep the floor, use the designated floor sponge to wipe up any obvious dirt and then mop it.

Keep the floor sponge, which is labelled, separate from your kitchen bench sponge and you have a happy, healthy, hygienic kitchen.

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