During the holidays, it’s a safe bet to say the kitchen is probably one of the most popular rooms in a home.
Whether it’s used for cooking, entertaining, drinking or just chatting, the kitchen seems to be the place where everyone gathers. Maintaining a clean kitchen is essential in order for guests – and hosts!- to enjoy the holiday festivities.
The best thing you can do while you are whipping up those praiseworthy holiday recipes is to put on your favorite apron and clean up as you cook. This is the easiest way to avoid lingering odors, tough stains and piles of dishes that nobody wants to do later. Here are some kitchen cleaning tips to keep your kitchen in top shape this holiday season.
Stick around… …or don’t in this case. The last thing you want to do is spend your holiday trying to get rid of settled-in stains and odors. Keep a spray bottle of soapy water on hand to wipe down messes and spills. If you do happen to have a tough stain that needs some scrubbing, try using baking soda as a gentle, yet effective, scrubbing agent. If food falls on the floor, clean it up right away. Try to wash pots and pans as you go, rather than letting the dishes pile up in the sink. During the holidays when cooking activity may rise, it’s best to clean sponges daily. Toss them in the dishwasher or heat wet sponges in the microwave for two minutes to sanitize them.
Do you have to let it linger? Absolutely not! Make sure full bags of trash are not just sitting around in the kitchen. It can cause odors and ruin the appeal of your holiday kitchen. Take out the trash daily. If you have smelly foods and are cooking a lot, you may need to empty the trash more frequently. A sturdy trash can that includes a lid will not only look nicer but can also help contain odors.
Give your kitchen appliances the gift of a good cleaning.
- Dishwasher-Fill the detergent cup in your dishwasher with white vinegar for a nice cleaning. Run an empty cycle to wipe out lime deposits.
- Microwave- Place a cup of water and a few slices of lemon in the middle of the microwave. Run the microwave for 3 minutes, then let it sit for 3 more minutes. The steam will work to soften food spills and the citrus smell will eliminate any odors.
- Sink/Drains- Flush drains once a week with a gallon of boiling water to keep them clog-free. Pour half in, wait a few minutes and then pour the other half. Add citrus peels to the garbage disposal while running water to create a pleasant aroma.
Now you can spend more time focusing on holiday entertaining and less time worrying about the cleanup.