Keeping a kitchen clean is challenging, especially as the day wears on and fatigue sets in. If you don’t take preventative measures, your kitchen will almost certainly descend into chaos at some point. Dishes won’t get done, counters will be sticky, and leftovers will go uneaten… unless you take action to prevent it. Kitchen safety is also an important consideration. You don’t want to become injured while chopping vegetables or slicing meat. Even if your kitchen isn’t messy, these tips can help keep it that way by making cleanup easier and reducing the risk of injury from sharp knives or hot surfaces. When thinking about how to keep your kitchen safe and clean remember these 12 tips…
Keep your kitchen organized and have a cleaning routine
The cleanliness of your kitchen is directly related to how often you clean it. If you’re too busy to keep up with the mess, you may want to consider hiring a cleaning service. The best way to keep your kitchen clean is to organize it. Create a cleaning routine to make sure you don’t forget to clean certain tasks. If you clean your kitchen daily, it’ll be easier to keep it tidy and it won’t get out of control. By keeping your kitchen organized, you’ll also be able to find what you’re looking for quickly. This will help prevent food from spoiling and make cooking easier.
Install garbage cans, a dishwasher and a sink protector
There should be a garbage can near the sink for all food scraps and paper products. This will make it easier to dispose of these items daily and reduce the risk of flies and ants. A dishwasher is a necessity in a clean kitchen; it’ll make cleanup quick and easy every day. Make sure to clean your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. A sink protector will protect your sink from scratches, improve drainage and prevent water from leaking onto your countertop.
Don’t keep food in the kitchen; store it in the fridge or freezer
Keeping food in the kitchen will make it difficult to keep clean and you’ll risk food contamination. Instead, put food in the fridge or freezer to keep it fresh and prevent it from spoiling. Make sure that everything has a place in the fridge and that food is labeled appropriately so you know what you have. If you’re storing food in the freezer, make sure it’s placed in an airtight container. This will preserve the freshness and flavor of your food.
Utilize magnetic hooks to reduce knife-related injuries
Many people store knives in wooden blocks or drawers to protect their blades. Unfortunately, this can be dangerous. In the event of a flood or other emergency, these blocks can be dangerous to remove. Magnetic hooks are a safer alternative. Simply use the hooks to store your knives on the wall and you’ll reduce the risk of injury. Always remember to use a cutting board when slicing vegetables and meat. Cutting directly on a surface can transfer bacteria to your food and can be dangerous. Cutting on a cutting board will prevent this and make cleanup easier.
Keep your knives sharp and always have a knife you can rely on
This may seem counter-intuitive since you’ll have to cut through foods more slowly, but it’ll be safer. Dull knives are more dangerous than sharp ones. They’re more likely to slip off the surface you’re cutting on and the force of cutting with a dull knife is increased. They’re also more difficult to clean and will rust quicker. For these reasons, it’s important to keep your knives sharp. If you don’t know how to sharpen your knives properly, you can take them to a local knife sharpening service. Always have a knife you can rely on. If you’re using a dull knife, you’ll have to press down harder on the food and risk injury.
Always remember to wash your hands after cutting meat
Cutting meat will leave bacteria on your hands. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water will remove this bacteria and prevent foodborne illnesses. If you don’t have time to wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. This will kill bacteria and reduce the risk of infection.
Cut all food on a cutting board and don’t use the counter as storage
Never place cooked food on a countertop until it’s been properly stored. Doing so will risk bacterial growth and food contamination. Cutting all food on a cutting board and storing it in the refrigerator as soon as possible will keep the counter clean and help prevent foodborne illnesses. This will also make cleanup easier. The only items you should store on your counter are appliances like a coffee maker or food processor. Always store appliances with their cord so that they can be unplugged easily without being stored on the counter.
Don’t overcrowd your dishwasher and make sure dishes don’t touch each other when washed by hand
Overcrowding the dishwasher will increase the time it takes to clean your dishes. It’ll also make it difficult to clean them thoroughly. It’s recommended to keep no more than two rows of dishes in the dishwasher at one time. This will allow water and soap to reach all dishes properly. When washing dishes by hand, make sure plates, glasses and other items don’t touch each other. This will reduce the amount of water needed to clean them.
You shouldn’t leave appliances on overnight, especially in small kitchens with limited airflow
Kitchens are small and don’t have much airflow. Leaving the oven or toaster oven on overnight will raise the temperature in your kitchen and increase the risk of fire. It’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions before leaving any appliance on for a long period of time.
Maintain a healthy kitchen environment by using the right tools (oven mitts, sponges, paper towels etc.) and implementing safety measures like guarding edges or using butcher blocks for cutting meat.
Having the right tools will help you clean your kitchen quickly and easily. Using the right tools will also reduce the risk of contamination. For example, a sponge traps bacteria while a paper towel does not. When cleaning, it’s important to guard your hands from sharp edges by wearing gloves or covering them with a bandage. Using a guard or barrier will prevent cuts and help keep your kitchen clean. When cutting meat, make sure to use a butcher block or a cutting board with a rim to catch the juices. This will prevent the juices from dripping onto the countertop and is a safer alternative to using a paper towel.