Tips to keep your kitchen clean
A KITCHEN is the heart of a home, therefore it’s important to go out of your way to keep it clean, looking good your kitchen should be comfortable and warm, but at the same time, it should be spotless and practical.
Lesley Moyo from Tidylifes a shares tips on how to keep your kitchen clean, tidy and odour-free…
Most likely your kitchen won’t have open shelves when you buy your home, but do not despair. You can create your own. They are beautiful to look at and they are practical too. They are also great for storage.
The trick with open shelves is to be careful what you put on them. Do not overwhelm the shelves by storing heavy or large objects like huge pots, which often end up overlapping and threatening to fall over.
Reserve your open shelves for items like bowls, mugs and glasses, and objects that are not only impressive to look at but also give your kitchen a classy look.
Do not crowd the shelves — keep things at a minimum.
Make sure that your cupboards have doors that close properly. One of the worst things to have are cupboards with doors that do not close properly, either because of loose screws or disorganised or cramped utensils.
Organise your crockery
Nothing is more unflattering than a cluttered cupboard featuring a mix of mugs, cereal bowls, dinner plates and water glasses.
Organise your crockery in an orderly manner. Corral your cutlery and stack it according to type. Stack dinner plates into one pile and cereal bowls into another.
The same goes for side plates, half plates and bowls. neatly line up your water glasses and mugs, and keep your pots and pans separate from the plates. If you want to decorate with your pots and pans, display the ones you hardly use.
The ones that are used regularly should be stored inside cupboards as they are usually not the most attractive to look at.
The dish towel
Dish towels, small as they are, can make or break a kitchen, not just by their appearance but their smell too. When it comes to dish towels, buying neutral colours is always best. Neutral colours easily blend in with any décor scheme you may decide to go with and they don’t stand out or draw unnecessary attention to themselves.
Buying organic cotton dish towels is a good idea as they absorb more moisture than the average dish towel. This makes them an efficient and practical choice, plus they can be ironed too, which helps kill any germs.
While it’s a good idea to have more than one dish towel, be careful not to use three dish towels at the same time as they’ll give your kitchen that unappealing look.
Imagine three or so wet towels in the sink
and on kitchen counters. Make sure that your stored towels are always dry and ironed so that they do not end up smelling funny.
No matter how beautiful your kitchen is, a sink full of dirty dishes will take away from the lovely setting so make sure that you’re always on top of this.
While it’s impossible for most people to wash dishes throughout the day, try to give yourself two time slots during the day for washing dishes, for instance, you can do them after breakfast and after dinner. plates and pots that sit on a dry rack take up space, so make sure that you put them away as soon as they’re dry.
Clean your oven and stove
Make sure that your oven door is always spotless both inside and outside. Also make sure that you don’t leave wet dish towels hanging over the oven door handle as this tends to spoil the look and feel of your kitchen. your stove, particularly if you’re using a white stove, should be cleaned properly after use so that it doesn’t develop grime and dirty around the plates.
Decorate with relevant accessories No need for you to decorate with things that aren’t relevant for the kitchen, rather use items that make ‘kitchen sense’. For example, you can decorate with fresh fruit like lemons. You can place these in a colourless bowl to bring some colour to this space. If fresh fruit is difficult to access or expensive, buy artificial fruit and decorate with it. There’s no need to decorate with unnecessary and expensive stuff.
Just like boots are made for walking, the kitchen is meant for cooking so utilise it. The warmth that can come from your kitchen is not going to come from a spotless, clinical look but from the cinnamon aroma coming out of your oven.
Dish towels, small as they are, can make or break a kitchen, not just by their appearance but their smell too.