As one of the most used rooms in any home, it is no surprise that the kitchen is also one of the messiest. While there are some parts of your kitchen that only need to be cleaned sporadically, there are a few key areas that can pose a threat to your health if they are not kept clean. Here are three parts of your kitchen that should see a little TLC every day.
As one of the dirtiest places in your home, the sink can harbor a myriad of germs and bacteria. Many people erroneously believe that simply running the faucet will rid the sink of all of these germs. However, that is simply not true. Instead of just water, you need to use either a vinegar solution or a commercial disinfectant. A quick spray of the solution and a wipe down with a paper towel will do the job. Baking soda is also a great cleaning agent and will keep it smelling fresh.
Sweeping the floor regularly and cleaning up any spills can help avoid pest problems such as house mice infestations. Household pests are a huge nuisance if they are left to get out of control, wreaking havoc on all areas of the home. It does not take much for the floor to become dirty—especially if you have children in the house. It is a good idea to get in the habit of sweeping the floor once at the end of the day. You can save the mopping for once per week or as needed when spills happen, but you should at least remove debris and crumbs at the end of every day.
Your countertops can be a breeding ground for germs if not kept properly cleaned. Although you can save the thorough scrubbing for once per week, it is a good idea to at least wipe down the counters at least once every day. Each kind of countertop requires a different cleaning solution and method of disinfecting, so be sure to choose the right process for the material. While you are at it, be sure to wipe down the stovetop as well. Messy spills can become even more difficult to remove the longer that they set.
Fortunately, these three must-do daily cleaning items do not require a lot of time or elbow grease. By staying on top of the mess, you can prevent bigger messes down the road.
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