The kitchen is most likely the most disorganised and messy area in your home. All of the cooking, eating, and washing results in a large amount of cleaning that has to take place. There is also a lot of footfall through the kitchen since this room typically leads straight to the garage or outside. There is no question that the kitchen can get extremely dirty very quickly, so read on for some helpful hints about how to keep it at least a little bit cleaner, at least most of the time.
Put Your Bin In The Right Place
Spilled food is a significant cause of kitchen messes. The main reason for this (apart from untidy cooks) is that the kitchen bin is usually found far away from the main food prep area. This makes sense; no one wants their rubbish too close to where they are preparing food. However, the problem is that this means spills and mess are much more likely as you have further to travel to get the rubbish in the bin.
To combat this problem, move the bin. It sounds simple, and that’s because it is. Although you won’t want the bin permanently close to the food prep area (especially as this probably means the bin is in the way in your kitchen), when you are clearing up, move the bin, not the food. This will result in less mess. Alternatively, invest in spill kits to make cleaning up any spilled liquids a lot easier.
Upgrade Your Equipment
Because of improper installation, your fixtures can clog or malfunction, causing a lot of mess and making it hard to tidy up properly. Sink drains are one example. If you pour too much food down the drain, it will block at some point. That leaves you with the unpleasant task of cleaning or perhaps dismantling the pipework. Instead of washing it away, buy side intake filters to catch the waste before it becomes an obstruction. Or install a waste disposal unit if you prefer.
Cover Painted Walls
Our kitchen’s busiest surfaces are also the simplest to clean; the majority of our kitchen mess will end up on the counters and sinks. However, since walls are prone to splattering and splashing, installing tile or other easy-to-clean materials for your backsplashes may make cleaning much more straightforward.
If you have painted walls, they might look good, but they can easily stain and become dirty looking even if they are technically clean. Plus, grease can quickly accumulate. If you really do love the idea of paint in your kitchen, make sure it’s specially designed to be wipeable, as this will help you keep things cleaner.
Invest In Good Storage
Most of us have a lot of food to keep that isn’t in its original container. It might be leftovers from the previous night, a half-box of dry rice or pasta, or any of hundreds of other possibilities. To save money, we often cover the container in foil or plastic wrap and store it. These techniques, however, are not as secure as they could be, and they often leak or spill. To prevent food from escaping, invest in some excellent reusable storage containers. Not only is this better at keeping your kitchen clean, but it’s better for the environment too.