Hygiene must be a vital ritual in any home. Sometimes kitchens become dirty very fast if compared with other areas of your property due to the fact that in this area of your house, there are perishable food pieces that tend to rot and thus, they can cause bad smells. There are kitchens that as first glance look really clean, but deep down the truth is that they are not as clean as they could be, and the main problem may be because there are certain spots in this area that lack of a good cleaning practice and you actually do not notice it. In order to make your kitchen more efficient and convenient when it comes the time to prepare delicious meals, here are some of the most common mistakes (and solutions!) you are probably making with essential items in this super important room of your home.
Putting all of your glassware into the dishwasher
I am more than sure that many of the pieces in your glassware include vintage or hand- painted glasses, or perhaps you have acquired new pieces. You want to show them in that special event you hosted last night, and when it comes the time to clean them up the first idea that comes to mind is tossing all of your plates and glasses into your handy dishwasher…BAD idea! When you opt for putting all of your glassware into your dishwasher, after a few cleaning processes of this type you start seeing the glass in your pieces to “etch”, this mean they get an iridescent haze.
One good way to address this wrong cleaning method is to separate durable glassware from delicate, and for great handwashing results use a sponge with a soft foam brush, in order to wash inside your glass, you can also wipe the clean glass dry with a soft lint- free cloth. Furthermore, when hand- washing you glass ware try to use warm water rather than cold as it is more effective at eliminating any remaining bacteria, and do not forget about applying a minimal amount of detergent on your glassware, a drop of it for a single glass will be more than enough. Strive to apply this new cleaning strategy when cleaning your glassware and keep having a glassware that is the staple of your kitchen.
Letting your cast- iron pots air dry
There are certain considerations you might already know, including that under no circumstance you should put a pan in the dishwasher or in case there is burnt-on food stuck to the sides of it, you will only need baking soda to remove it; this is something we all know, don’t we? Ok, however there is one important aspect many homeowners do not with their cast- iron pots, and it is that they should hand- dry them in order to remove all liquid and thus, prevent rust. Moreover, if you have pans that have been used for food that is really stuck on, and is also smelly like fish; your best ally will be a steel wool. Scrub your pan with it in the sink, run some warm water in it and you will notice how all of the stuck- on food is removed, rinse with enough water, done! You have a clean pan; and since you have wash your cast iron with water, it will be imperative that you dry it as soon as possible…how can you do that? There are ways to achieve this; just using a paper towel or a dish towel will be enough, but one of the best and most effective way to dry your pans will be to set them over a high flame for about 3 minutes.
You forget about your sink garbage disposal
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just hate the idea of putting my hands on my sink’s garbage disposal, however I know that sooner than later I will need to face this bad boy. So, if you want to keep your kitchen smelling fresh, then you cannot ignore the garbage disposal; use the power of citrus by tossing orange, lemon or grapefruit peels into the garbage disposal, run some water down the drain as you turn on the disposal. You will enjoy the benefits of a naturally freshening way to keep your kitchen smelling good. Another great way to address unpleasant odors coming from the garbage disposal, is to freeze vinegar in your ice cubes trays and grind it up into your sink, this an extra cleaning power.
You think only using dish soap for your cutting boards is enough
Oftentimes we believe that scrubbing our cutting boards down with warm water and dish soap after using them will deeply clean them. It turns out that there is still one more extra step you need to take; vinegar is such an amazing liquid that you can use on cutting boards after using them, this acetic acid works wonder at disinfecting the wooden or fiber surface of your board, not to mention the great benefits vinegar provides since it is effective against harmful bugs as E. coli or Salmonella.