This Hidden Area Of The Kitchen Easily Goes Forgotten, But It Needs Cleaning Anyway

This Hidden Area Of The Kitchen Easily Goes Forgotten, But It Needs Cleaning Anyway

The kitchen is one of the most heavily used rooms in any home, and it’s also one of the easiest places for dirt and grime to accumulate. While most people are good at keeping the countertops, stove, and sink clean, there are a few hidden areas that are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning. Here are some of the most common areas that are easily forgotten when cleaning the kitchen:

01. The refrigerator coils

The coils on the back of your refrigerator are responsible for keeping your food cool, but they can also become a breeding ground for dust and dirt. When these coils become dirty, they have to work harder to keep your food cool, which can lead to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your refrigerator.

Cleaning process:

To clean refrigerator coils, unplug the fridge, locate the coils (usually found on the back or bottom of the fridge), use a coil brush or vacuum with a nozzle attachment to remove dust and debris, and wipe down the coils with a damp cloth. Plug the fridge back in and check for proper functioning.

02. The dishwasher

The dishwasher is responsible for cleaning your dishes, but it also needs to be cleaned itself. Over time, food particles and detergent can build up in the dishwasher, which can lead to bad smells and poor cleaning performance.

Cleaning process:

To clean a dishwasher, you can run it on the hottest cycle with a cup of white vinegar in the detergent dispenser and a baking soda on the bottom. After the cycle is finished, wipe down the interior and exterior of the dishwasher with a damp cloth. Run an empty cycle to rinse out any remaining debris. Repeat this process every few months (depending on your use) to keep your dishwasher in good working condition.

03. The garbage disposal

The garbage disposal is another area that is often overlooked when cleaning the kitchen. Food particles can get stuck in the blades and create a bad smell.

Cleaning process:

To clean a garbage disposal, first, turn off the power or unplug the unit. Then, use a plunger to loosen any clogs. Next, use a long brush or a broom handle to remove any debris from the disposal. Finally, pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the disposal and run it for a few seconds to clean and freshen the unit. Repeat the process if necessary.

04. The toaster

Another area that is easily missed when cleaning the kitchen is the toaster. Crumbs can build up in the bottom of the toaster, creating a fire risk.

Cleaning process:

  1. Unplug the toaster.
  2. Remove the crumb tray and empty it.
  3. Use a brush or a piece of bread to remove any remaining crumbs from the toaster.
  4. Wipe the exterior of the toaster with a damp cloth.
  5. Reassemble the toaster and plug it back in.

05. The range hood

The range hood is also known as a stove vent filter. It is responsible for removing smoke, steam, and cooking odors from your kitchen, but it also needs to be cleaned regularly. When the range hood filter becomes clogged, it can’t remove these pollutants as effectively.

Cleaning process:

To clean a range hood, first, turn off the power to the hood and remove any detachable parts such as filters and grease cups. Wash these parts with warm, soapy water and dry them thoroughly. Next, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the exterior and interior of the hood, being sure to remove any built-up grease or grime. Finally, reassemble the hood and turn the power back on. For heavy build-up, you can use a degreaser or a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals as they can damage the hood.

06. The stove backsplash

A stove backsplash is a panel or wall behind a stove that helps protect the wall from spills and splatters while cooking. It can be made of a variety of materials, including tile, stainless steel, or glass. And it is also one of the forgotten areas in our kitchen while cleaning.

Cleaning process:

To clean a stove backsplash, you can use warm water and mild dish soap. First, wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any loose food or debris. Then, mix a small amount of dish soap with warm water, and use a sponge or cloth to gently scrub the surface. Rinse the area thoroughly with water, and dry with a clean cloth.

If the backsplash is made of stainless steel, you should use a mild detergent and avoid abrasive materials. Make sure to rinse it well and dry it to prevent water stains.

If it’s a tile backsplash, you may want to use a mild grout cleaner, to clean the grout lines.

Note: If you are unsure of the material of your stove backsplash, it is best to consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.

07. The water filtration 

A water filtration pitcher is a device that is used to filter tap water and make it cleaner and safer to drink. It typically consists of a pitcher with a built-in filter, which can remove impurities such as chlorine, lead, and other contaminants.

Cleaning process:

To clean a water filtration pitcher, you should first disassemble it and remove the filter. Rinse the pitcher and the filter with warm water, then wash the pitcher with mild detergent. Scrub the filter with a brush if necessary. Rinse the pitcher and filter thoroughly with clean water, and then reassemble the pitcher.

Note: It’s also important to replace the filter regularly as per the manufacturer’s instructions, to ensure that the water being filtered is clean and safe to drink.

Verdict

Keeping these hidden areas in your kitchen clean will not only make your kitchen look and smell better, but it will also help your appliances run more efficiently and last longer. Remember to incorporate these cleaning tasks into your regular cleaning routine to keep your kitchen in tip-top shape.

John Larson
John Larson

Meet John Larson, a professional cleaning expert with over years of experience in the industry. John specializes in providing top-notch cleaning services for both residential and commercial properties. He began his career as a house cleaner and quickly expanded his services to include office cleaning, laundry service, window cleaning, carpet cleaning, and pool cleaning. He is known for his attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction.

John is fully licensed and insured, and he is trained and certified in the latest cleaning techniques, including green cleaning and deep cleaning. He is also familiar with OSHA standards. He is well-equipped with the latest tools and equipment in the cleaning industry. He takes pride in providing a safe and healthy environment for his clients. In his free time, John enjoys reading about the latest cleaning innovations and sharing his knowledge with others through workshops and seminars.

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