Keeping your kitchen clean is the most important task on your chore list because the kitchen is the dirtiest room in your home- even dirtier than the bathroom. In fact, research by NSF International, a public health and safety organization, found that 81 percent of the houses they tested were positive for coliform bacteria. Roughly 45 percent of sinks and 32 percent of countertops tested positive for the bacteria.
It isn’t always easy to keep the kitchen clean, though, especially if you homeschool and have people in your kitchen all day for eating and doing science experiments. However, just like doing laundry doesn’t have to be hard, neither does cleaning the kitchen. To get your kitchen free from harmful bacteria in 20 minutes or less, check out these simple tips that work for even the busiest of moms.
Prep the space
First, prep the space by loading dirty dishes into a dishwasher, getting out cleaning supplies, and filling the sink with hot, soapy water. Be sure to choose the proper cleaning supplies for the job to cut down on how hard and long you will need to scrub. A dishwasher is the best way to wash dishes because they can reach extremely high temperatures that kill bacteria and it can store dishes out of sight until you are ready to wash them. During your preparation, clear the countertops of clutter, remove stove burner covers and place them in the water, and throw away any trash.
Start at the top
Once your space is prepped, start at the top of the room. You want the dust from the top of the room to settle on the floor so that you can sweep it up and toss it in the trash. Dunk your rag into the hot water, wring out excess, and use it to wipe down the tops of cabinets, counters, appliances, and other surfaces, going from top to bottom. Do not use a sponge, because kitchen sponges hold bacteria. Rinse and wring your rag as you clean to clear your rag of dirt, rather than smear it around.
Wrap it up
Clean and dry the stove pieces and replace them on the stove. If you have a full load of dishes, start the dishwasher. Drain the sink and wipe clean. Sweep and mop the floors, take out the trash, and toss your dirty rag into the washing machine.
When you do not have much time to clean, following a simple order and using the proper cleaning supplies to make cleaning faster and more effective will get your kitchen in tip-top shape in no time. Keeping your kitchen clean is an important task that helps to keep bacteria away from your family, making sure you all stay healthy.