10 tips for clean and tidy kitchen
The kitchen is for many the heart of the house. A room where people gather to cook, eat and socialize with each other. The kitchen is in daily use, and often the tasks you do in the kitchen are characterized by a lot of clutter and mess.
In order for it to be pleasant to spend time cooking in the kitchen, it is important that it feels clean and tidy.
It is also a good idea to try and keep it tidy in everyday life, so that you do not have to spend time and energy cleaning away and washing before you can even start cooking. Since the kitchen often gets very dirty when you use it, it is also important to take a thorough wash of the entire room once in a while.
1. Fill up the dishwasher
Start by putting all glasses, cups, dishes and cutlery in the dishwasher, so this is cleared away from the road. Rinse off leftover food lightly, and soak in hot water with a few drops of dish soap while continuing. If the dishes are fresh, an eco- or card program on the machine may often be sufficient.
If, on the other hand, the dishes have been left for a few days, you may want to run a longer program to make sure that everything is completely clean.
If you have a lot of dishes, for example after a large dinner party or similar, we recommend that you wash things that belong together at the same time.
For example, you can take a separate sink for glasses, dishes and cutlery, and another for pots and pans, as the coarser utensils need higher temperatures and longer time to be clean.
After a few minutes, you can try rinsing off the things you have soaked, and put it in the dishwasher together with the other if you have room.
Remember to organize what you put into the machine well, so that you can use the space more efficiently and avoid running too many machines.
A good method is to sort things that are similar together, such as putting the largest dishes together at the back with the smaller dishes together in front, all milk glasses on the same side and the cups on the other side, all forks together in the cutlery drawer and so on.
You can save a lot of space by sorting while loading everything, in addition to saving time when you clean it out again.
Now that all the dishes have been cleared away, you have better room to wash properly
2. Clean and organize the kitchen counter
First, start by clearing out what does not belong in the kitchen. Then put kitchen utensils back in their places, remove empty bottles, spice containers and the like, and also use this opportunity to clean away the things you have exposed for a long time.
If the bench is tidy, you will not have the dust you are to remove in the next step fall on everything that belongs inside drawers and cabinets, and you will thus have a simpler and more efficient wash.
3. Remove the dust – start at the top of th cabinets
Always start at the top and gradually work your way down as you dry dust and wash. If you have wall cabinets that do not reach all the way to the ceiling, this is the place to start. Dust accumulates quickly here, in addition to grease and dirt that accompanies the frying pan and steam when cooking.
If there is a lot of dust on top of the cabinets, you may want to use a handheld vacuum cleaner first to remove the worst.
Alternatively, you can use the regular vacuum cleaner with a small nozzle if you reach up. By taking most of the dust in advance, you get a less dirty job, and it becomes easier to get the surfaces completely clean.
Once you have removed most of the dust, you can use a cloth with a little dishwashing liquid or universal spray on the surfaces to get it completely clean. Also wash over lamps and window sills in height.
By starting at the top, the dust that is left falls down, and it becomes easy to get it when you take the benches and the floor.
Also remember to wash on the underside of the top cabinets, as it is easy to forget, at the same time as a lot of grease and dirt often settles here.
4. Gyv loose on the fan / kitchen fan
Since the kitchen fan is above the hob, you should wash it first. Take out the filters and put them in the dishwasher together with the pots and pans. If there is a lot of grease in the filters, they can also be soaked for ten minutes first in hot water and vinegar.
Do not use dishwashing powder or strong oven cleaner in soaking the filters, it holds with soap intended for hand washing.
Wash the outside of the fan with kitchen spray or universal spray. Remember to wash all the way from the top and also the underside of the fan around the filters.
Wipe off excess water and soap with a dry towel or window cloth for a shiny finish without streaks.
5. Clean the microwave
Remove the dish from the microwave and soak it if necessary, or put it in the dishwasher. Put a small bowl of water and lemon juice in the microwave, and cook on full blast for 3-5 minutes. This will loosen the grease and make it easier to wash out of the oven with a cloth.
6. Clean the ovens
If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can put on a cleaner. Remove the grate and baking trays so that the oven is completely empty. Then put on a self-cleaner. This often takes an hour or two depending on the oven and type of cleaning. Once you have put on self-cleaning, you can wash both the grate and the baking tray
With hot water and vinegar. It can often be a good idea to soak it for 10 minutes before washing it off with a brush. If you soak, you can use ordinary dishwashing powder in the water to dissolve difficult fats. After the self-cleaning is finished, you go over with a wet cloth to collect the ashes after what has come loose from the oven.
If you do not have a self-cleaning oven or want to clean a little extra well, you can scrub the oven with detergent adapted to the oven and grill. There are also other more environmentally friendly cleaning products. For example, you can test this baking powder trick:
Pour some warm water in the bottom and along the walls of the oven as best you can (here you can possibly use a spray bottle to distribute the water better over the walls).
Distribute baking powder over the walls and on the glass door.
Leave it for a couple of hours while you do other things, or overnight (a tip here is to start with this the day before, so the oven is ready for washing at the same time as the rest of the kitchen).
Wash out of the oven with a cloth or paper towel.
Scrub any remaining with cloth or steel wool.
7. Clean the refrigerator and freezer
The first commandment here is to go over the contents of the refrigerator, and throw away all food that can no longer be eaten.
Remember: use your senses to see if food is edible; there is a lot that stays nice for a while after the expiration date. Take out all the contents of the refrigerator, including the shelves. Wash the entire refrigerator inside with warm soapy water before washing over the shelf plates and reinserting them.
Take out other loose fittings in the cupboard door and wash over this as well before inserting it again.
Avoid using chemical cleaners in the refrigerator – stick to mild multi-cleaning sprays, vinegar or lemon drops in the water.
In the freezer, you take out drawers and shelves, and put the frozen food on the kitchen counter for the time being. Then wash over both the decor and the inside of the cabinet with hot water added 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar.
✅ Avoid using too much detergent in the freezer, as it may leave soap residue in the freezer
✅ A quick wash with vinegar only takes a couple of minutes, and the food stays frozen until you have finished washing.
8. Wash the hob, sink and kitchen faucet
On the hob, it is a good idea to use a fat-soluble spray that is at the same time mild enough to use in areas where you prepare food, such as a good kitchen spray.
Spray and leave the mixture on the hob for a while while you go over the sink and the tap with a cloth and possibly steel wool or a brush, depending on which sink you have. The faucet is easy to forget about washing in everyday life, but a lot of bacteria can accumulate here, since it is used a lot when cooking.
A steel sink that has become dull and difficult to clean can be like new by filling the sink with hot water and putting a dishwashing tablet or a little dishwasher powder on top and leave it to settle a little. Then go over the basin with the dish brush before you put it in the dishwasher together with the rest.
A lot of bacteria quickly accumulates on a dish brush, so it benefits from a round in the dishwasher. If you use regular dish soap or kitchen spray here (and non-dishwasher) you can leave the water for the next step.
Now the hob has been left for a few minutes, and it will be easier to wash when the burnt spill has come loose. To make a glass top shine, it is a good idea to wipe over with a dry cloth at the end, so that you avoid the water and the kitchen spray making streaks when it dries.
At the same time, wash over other kitchen equipment that is in front, such as a coffee machine, kitchen machine, toaster and the like.
9. Wash walls, fronts and kitchen countertops
Here you may want to fill up the clean sink with hot water and dish soap, if you do not already have it. Dish soap is made to dissolve grease, so this is great for washing the surfaces with. Soak a new cloth in the water in the sink, and wash quickly over the walls from the ceiling down.
Be sure to spend a little extra time in the most exposed areas, such as the wall panels above the sink and the hob / stove.
Wash over all fronts and handles, as well as any strips and sockets. Then wash the worktop and the lower fronts.
Make sure you do not use too much water on the cloth when you go over the surfaces, especially if you have kitchen fittings or a wooden worktop. If necessary, use a dry kitchen towel to wipe off the extra water. Finally, wipe the baseboards.
10. Finally: walk across the floor
Now you are almost done with a thorough cleaning of the entire kitchen. Finally, the floor remains, where debris, dust and crumbs have accumulated through the washing process.
Start by vacuuming up the roughest, so you are sure that food debris and any ash from the oven cleaner will not be dragged across the floor.
Then go over with a wet mop so you can wash away soap residue from the wash in addition to everything else that has settled on the floor since the last time.
Boring to wash?
If you like to wash, but find it boring to wash on your own, why not bring a friend and do the work together?
Help each other with the washing and make it a pleasant occasion. If you do not want to wash together, why not swap kitchens and sinks with each other? It is often more fun to do the tasks elsewhere, where you have not been annoyed by the same dust rabbits and coffee cups that have been on the kitchen counter for weeks.
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