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Keep Your Kitchen Clean – 7 Things We Forget to Do

I’m sure you can think of a million ways you like to spend your time and cleaning is probably not one of them! Most of the time we clean what we can easily see or reach and many items go by the wayside – especially in the kitchen. However, taking the time each month to knock out some of the forgotten items will help keep your kitchen clean and smelling wonderful!

Check out these 7 things to keep your kitchen clean and smelling amazing:

Ice Maker – Clean your ice maker at least twice a year to keep your ice cubes smelling and tasting fresh.  It’s super easy and just takes a few minutes.  Empty your ice maker tray to get rid of the old ice and clean it with soap and warm water.  Also, clean out your freezer and refrigerator once a quarter to prevent food transfer odor.

Range Hood – Is the range hood over your stove greasy and dirty?  Keeping the exhaust fan and hood clean will keep it smelling fresh and working properly.  Start by removing the filters and soaking them in hot water, anti-degreasing soap (such as Dawn) and a ¼ cup of baking soda.  After they have soaked for 15 minutes, scrub them with a brush and let them dry.  Next, wipe down the outside of the hood with de-greasing soap or a vinegar-based household cleaner.  Finally, clean the underneath of the hood to remove any grease and replace the filters after they have dried.  Be sure to wipe it down once a week to prevent any build-up going forward!

Garbage Disposal – Cleaning your garbage disposal at least once a month takes just a few minutes and helps keep one of the smelliest areas of the kitchen in check. SAFTEY FIRST – never put your hands or other objects near the disposal while it is in use!  Start by pouring ½ a cup of baking soda and ½ a cup of vinegar in the disposal and put the sink stopper in place.  Wait 5 minutes and then run the disposal while flushing it with hot water.  For a nice citrus smell, you can put orange or lemon peel in the disposal and run it while flushing with hot water.

Tired already just thinking about cleaning? Don’t stop yet!

Dishwasher – Wipe down the inside of your dishwasher at least twice a year paying attention to the rubber gasket that seals the appliance when it is shut.  Also, check to see if your dishwasher has a food trap that needs to be cleaned and, if it has a sanitizing cycle, run it while the appliance is empty.

Trash Cans – Once a month, be sure to clean your trashcans and recycle bins with warm soapy water then spray them with disinfectant.  This is a great chore to pass on to the kids!

Refrigerator – The refrigerator can quickly become one of the smelliest places in our kitchen.  Once a quarter throw away expired items and wipe down the shelves, drawers and door bins with warm soapy water.  This is also a good time to take stock of what you have so you don’t overbuy.  A jam-packed fridge can lead to food rot when you’re not able to see everything.  Also, check your refrigerator’s manual to see how to clean the coils to keep your refrigerator running properly.  There is nothing worse than having your refrigerator stop working unexpectedly!

Small Appliances – Don’t forget your small appliances!  Food and liquids can build up over time and cause your appliances to work improperly or even be a hazard.  Unplug your small appliances before cleaning and wipe them down until they shine.  Your toasters, mixers, coffee makers and toaster ovens will thank you for it!

Don’t procrastinate! Taking care of these tasks every so often will keep your kitchen looking great and smelling fresh!

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