Due to the global health crisis, more and more people are working remotely. This means that many of us have spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And while there are advantages to this, there are definitely a few downsides, too. For some, it’s been a chance to transform the former commute into opportunities to get small jobs done around the house. But on the other side of the coin, it’s also meant that we’re using our home kitchens more than ever. And consequently, we need to clean them more often.
This has the potential to be a real headache. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here are 4 simple ways to help keep your kitchen clean and spotless, even with heavy use.
1. Don’t touch!
The easiest way to keep your kitchen clean and spotless? Don’t get it dirty in the first place! And one way to do that is to prevent the spread of dirt and grime from your hands to your kitchen surfaces. That might sound easier said than done, but the fact is that there are lots of ways to avoid touching items unnecessarily in your kitchen. You could opt for a hands-free bin. Or even a smart sensor tap for your sink. Handleless kitchen doors also mean you can open your cupboards easily by using just one finger. 1 in 5 Brits say they never wash their hands before making dinner, so hands are definitely a big dirt culprit!
2. Choose doors carefully
While we’re on the topic of kitchen doors, you can help minimise the accumulation and appearance of dust and dirt by carefully selecting the right kind of doors for your units. Slab doors, which are made from a single, flat piece of wood, are perfect for heavy use kitchens as there are no nooks or crannies for dust to build up. You can just wipe down the door with a damp cloth and keep it looking great. And if you’ve got children at home, matt finish doors can help keep your kitchen looking cleaner, too. While gloss is chic, modern, and wonderfully light-reflective, sticky fingerprints can show up more easily.
3. Ensure you have plenty of storage
If you’ve got a lack of storage in your kitchen, you’re probably keeping a few items out on your worktops. This keeps them nice and accessible, but can pose a bit of a hygiene problem. Small crumbs of food (toast is one of the biggest offenders) can fall behind worktop items and start to decay. So to keep your kitchen clean, try to keep your worktops as uncluttered as possible, making it easy to wipe away any dirt. If you need more storage, consider a redesign to make the most of your available space. A third of Brits say they want a bigger kitchen, but just getting creative with your space can help.
4. Have a dedicated prep area
Consider dedicating one area of your kitchen to food preparation. You should find it easier and quicker to clean up at the end of the day and keep your kitchen looking clean and spotless. You’ll just have one part of the room to wipe down and clean, rather than spending time trying to sanitise the entirety of your kitchen space. This can take a bit of getting used to if you’re used to spreading out. However, it can be made a bit easier by doing a bit of rearranging. Make sure that the things you need for prep, such as knives, chopping boards, garlic presses, and so on, are all stored within easy reach of your dedicated prep area.
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