Cooking isn’t always up everybody’s street. Some of us love it and find it a great way to help us relax. Whilst for the rest of us, it is the one thing that makes us even more stressed than we already were! One of the most difficult things about cooking, whether you’re a natural in the kitchen or not, is keeping it clean. Mess is bound to happen before, during and after the cooking process – especially if you have small children around who are ‘helping‘. But knowing that you’ll have to spend a good couple of hours scrubbing your kitchen to make it presentable again is what puts so many of us off cooking. In reality, though, we should be able to use our kitchens to our heart’s content – after all, that’s what they are there for! Take a look at these top tips that can help you keep your kitchen consistently clean, even in a family home.
Whilst you’re cooking
If you or your partner are hands-on chefs, you’ll be all too familiar with the scene that awaits you in the kitchen after a delicious meal has been cooked. Spillages on the surfaces, crumbs all over the floor and very sticky pans – yep, we know the one! One of the quickest and easiest ways to make sure that you can cook in a clean environment is by having a garbage bag to hand, or a bowl to put any cuttings in. Otherwise, even with our best intentions, bits of food prep will end up all over the place. Plus, this way, you can put the garbage straight into the bin in one go afterwards. Using a splatter screen above your stove can also prevent a mountain of post-meal clean up.
You might think that cleaning your kitchen every day is a little excessive. But, it’s important to remember that this isn’t a real clean – in fact, it should take no longer than five minutes to complete. The simple steps are as follows. Check to see if there are any dirty pans left over on the stove from the previous night. If so, give them a quick once over to see if they are dishwasher ready. Pans with a lot of dried or burnt food attached to them may need a good soak first, so pop them in the sink and rinse them with kitchen pull out taps. Then, check the surfaces and floors for any spillages – a quick run down with some surface wipes should sort these out immediately. See – literally five minutes, and then you can get on with your day!
Your kitchen should be subject to a deep clean every few weeks, depending on how often you use it. This can be your opportunity to dedicate a good hour or so to your kitchen. That way, you can rest safe in the knowledge that you’ve got somewhere clean and hygienic to prepare food for the family for the next couple of weeks. For a full kitchen clean, you may need to scrub the oven and the stove to rid it of food debris and anything that could have burnt on. A hoover and a mop can never go amiss either, and before long you’ll have a sparkly new kitchen you can be proud of.