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Lets face it, the kitchen in the main hub of most households. From breakfast to dinner it’s likely to be the most used or functional room in the house, more so if you have a busy household with children. We use it to cook, eat and store food and sometimes do our laundry. For some households the kitchen can also be an entrance to the back garden and where pets such as cats or dogs spend most of their time.
Keeping it clean and hygienic is vital. Despite being the most used room we have found that the kitchen is the most neglected in terms of cleaning when we are keeping London clean with our end of tenancy cleaning service.
How to do the washing up correctly
Most modern kitchens have dishwashers to take the time and hassle of washing up. But even where this is the case you will still want to wash the odd thing by hand. Most low to mid range rental properties do not typically come with dishwashers so this is particularly useful if this is the case for you.
Ideally all dirty dishes should be washed in hot soapy water as soon as possible to prevent the leftover food and sauces from solidifying and bacteria forming. It removes the requirement for a scourer to remove stubborn stuck on food.
Most of us don’t relish the thought of having to do the washing up especially if we are entertaining family or friends. In the situation the best thing to do is rinse as many of the dishes as you can after they have been used so they can be washed up later on that evening. Doing this removes much of the leftover food. Try doing this in-between collecting the dishes and serving the next course.
Step 1: Clean your sink before you start. Remove any built up limescale and food debris. Make sure you wipe down the drainer too as this is where most limescale and bacteria build up.
Step 2: Use a plastic bowl inside the sink rather than filling up the sink.It uses less water and keeps the sink cleaner. They are available from most larger supermarket stores or Poundland.
Step 3: Fill the bowl up with hot water with a few inches to spare at the top. Add a few squirts of washing up liquid while its filling up.
Step 4: Scrape your plates and then pile your washing up in the order you are going to wash it
Step 5: Wash each item and then rinse in clean hot water under the tap. Some people use a second bowl for this step but its less hassle to do it under the tap.
Step 6: Dry the dishes with a cloth or tea towel.
Its advisable to clean the sink and drainer straight after for next time.
Kitchen cleaning tips
Here are some quick tips to get you started.
1 – Start by removing any clutter or boxes which you don’t use regularly. Some kitchen surfaces get cluttered with appliances that aren’t used regularly. Store unused items away in kitchen cupboards. Primary example could be a food blender.
2 – Regularly replace dishcloths and sponges. They collect dirt from your dishes and should be changed at least twice a week.
3 – Maintain and clean and tidy fridge. The best way to achieve this is to remove all the unwanted contents and wash any shelves before or after you do your weekly shop.
4 – Wipe down your hob after each use. To save time why not use a layer of tin foil below the grills on the hob? Replace the tin foil every few days.
5 – Wipe down your oven after each use. To save time why not use a layer of tin foil on the bottom of the oven. Replace the tin foil when it is covered in grease and spillages.
6 – Wipe your microwave after each use. It keeps it hygienic and removes and food odours.
7 – Empty your bin when its full and don’t let food or waste spill out over the top. You should wash the inside of your bin and the lid every week to prevent it from smelling.