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Five DIY Cleaning Tips Professionals Use for the Kitchen

 

When it comes to keeping your home clean and smelling fresh, professional cleaners know how to get the job done well. As service-based professionals, they retain customers only when the customer is satisfied with the work performed. Dissatisfied customers simply won’t refer friends and family to cleaners who don’t perform as well (or better than) expected.

Keeping customers happy is critical to cleaning professionals’ business model. Equally important is their pride developed by cleaning customer homes efficiently and effectively so they can clean even more houses, retain existing customers, and attract new customers through referrals.

But what’s the pro’s secret for cleaning efficiently and effectively? Especially in the kitchen, the heart of the home? It’s the place where family and visitors congregate and you want to keep it tidy and inviting. With the five fabulous tips outlined here, you can bring professional-level cleaning to your own kitchen with these do-it-yourself (DIY) cleaning tips.

1. Use Earth-Friendly Supplies

It’s your home sweet home and naturally, you want to keep your kitchen clean and free of pathogens. Professionals know you can achieve both with eco-friendly cleaning products, while also protecting your kitchen from toxic or harsh chemicals. This is especially important if you have children or pets – or if someone in your family has skin sensitivities or allergies.

Clean and healthy kitchens support your family’s overall health and well-being since hypoallergenic products can help clean this important area of the home without the nasty toxins in conventional detergents. Even the toughest of kitchen cleaning challenges can get clean using eco-friendly cleaning products.

Eating areas, and areas where your food is stored and prepared need to be kept clean. With crumbs accumulating, and food inadvertently being dropped on surfaces like counters or floors, kitchen cleaning is an ongoing challenge. You’ll feel good with a super clean kitchen and you’ll feel even better knowing you’re helping Mother Earth.

Efficient DIYers take a page from the cleaning-pro handbook when they create a kitchen-cleaning caddy filled with earth-friendly cleaners and supplies. Use eco-friendly cleaners on all surfaces and well-used common areas such as the kitchen, it’s vital to get rid of odors, gunk, and food debris.

Many manufacturers make natural cleaning products formulated especially for kitchens and they’re widely available. Try out, then choose, an array of go-to products that work well in your home. Then regularly use these products to give your kitchen the extra attention it deserves and help you keep this central space consistently clean.

You can find eco-friendly products intended for use on virtually any kitchen surface for residue-free results – add these to your kitchen kit.

Eco-friendly cleaners are generally plant- or mineral-based, made with natural ingredients like bamboo and sugarcane, and are dye-free. They’re often naturally scented with lemon, ginger, orange, or other organic scents instead of artificial fragrances.

Natural cleaning products safely break down in the end for a cleaner environment, as opposed to chemical detergents that can enter sewage and cause environmental harm.

2. Microfiber Cloths Rule

When it comes to a practical cleaning hack the pros all know, it’s microfiber. These little cleaning cloths are the perfect cleaning tool since they deliver big results and simply clean better than “regular” cleaning supplies, such as sponges, paper towels, or feather dusters.

These cloths are known for leaving little-to-no dust behind. They’re available in a rainbow of colors so you can designate certain colors for certain jobs. For instance, cloths used to clean food preparation areas should not also be used to clean the flooring.

They’re especially good for picking up pet hair, fine dust particles, and the like. And if you have tiles with crevices, microfiber cloths are well matched for the job.

Delivering streak-free cleaning of appliances and other shiny surfaces, microfiber cloths are inexpensive and available online, from big-box stores, and even from your local supermarket. They’re known for their strong water absorption

Best of all, microfiber cloths are earth-friendly since they’re 100% reusable. You simply throw them in the laundry and reuse. This means microfiber cloths are easy to clean and less likely to hold germs.

Laundry tip: Line dry (don’t machine dry) microfiber cloths to keep them static-free, and do not use bleach, fabric softener, or iron them as doing so limits they’re dust attraction properties. You wouldn’t want to find yourself without this handy cleaning tool!

Another positive feature of microfiber cloth is it provides gentle and non-abrasive cleaning. This means you can rest easy knowing your quartz or granite countertops, luxury vinyl floor, or painted cupboards won’t get inadvertently scratched or damaged.

Another tip: Color-designated microfiber cloths keep things in your kitchen not only clean but orderly.

3. Squeaky Clean Appliance Exteriors

Meet your family’s cleanliness needs on appliances large and small with meticulous surface cleaning so you’re ready for meal preparation and cooking.

Use your eco-friendly products to work their magic and degrease your stove, oven, and vent hood. Frequently clean bits of food, dust, and fingerprints off your kitchen appliance surfaces – such as your dishwasher, refrigerator, and oven.

Using a natural stainless-steel cleaner and your microfiber cloth will help make sure you don’t leave streaks behind. This will help keep your appliances not only looking good but performing their best.

Remember to wipe down small appliances like your toaster and don’t forget to remove any crumb bits. Don’t forget to wipe down your coffee maker, and blender – especially all frequently touched surfaces like handles and knobs. And don’t forget about wiping food splatters out from inside the microwave.

Cut the grease on stoves and vent hoods, and wipe away grime and splashes from surfaces where food is prepared. When you’re ready for a deep-clean kitchen, extend your appliance cleaning to the insides of your fridge, dishwasher, oven, and so on.

4. Focus on Your Kitchen Sink

Sure, cleaning can seem like a never-ending process, particularly kitchen tasks, since that’s one of the homes most frequently used rooms. Messy cook? Larger family? Cleaning pros know sinks get dirty so it pays to put their focus on heavily used zones, like the kitchen sink.

Keeping your kitchen sink clean and disinfected is important, something cleaning professionals also recognize. That’s because kitchen sinks have been proven to have more bacteria – like Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria, and others – than toilets.

With the right products and a little know-how, you can keep your family’s sink clean and germ and bacteria free as well as prevent mold. Your kitchen sink can be spotless in no time when you use an earth-friendly cleaner and follow its directions to scrub and tackle this cleaning chore.

Start by doing your dishes after every meal so your sink is empty. Clean your sink daily and be sure to pay particular attention to the faucet area and your sink’s drain and garbage disposal. Go ahead and tackle any crevices where germs tend to lurk and be sure to disinfect the faucet handles.

5. It’s All About the Base(boards)

Perhaps one of the areas that needs attention in almost every home, and particularly in kitchens, are the baseboards. Since baseboards tend to collect unwanted pet hair, dust, and dirty debris, they likely need a bit of extra attention when it’s time to clean.

Professional home cleaners know that dusting your baseboards with an unused dryer sheet from your laundry room works great for many reasons. Simply wipe the top ledge and sides of your kitchen’s baseboards. Not only does this wipe away accumulated dirt from your baseboards, but it also coats the baseboard with anti-static properties so future dirt accumulation will be reduced. Then throw away the dryer sheet.

Dryer sheets are soft enough not to mar the finish on your baseboards. Best of all, using laundry sheets as baseboard cleaners leaves your kitchen smelling clean and fresh. Extra tip: Save baseboard cleaning for the last step of your kitchen cleaning routine since the dust your cleaning stirs up will likely end up settling there.

Conclusion

A clean and fresh kitchen environment will help you relax and can even reduce your stress levels. Working in smaller steps helps keep a bigger kitchen cleaning job less daunting. Deep clean from top-to-bottom occasionally, then conduct weekly cleans – to give you exceptional cleaning results.

Be sure to use these five DIY tips to clean like an expert, and your kitchen will end up looking like it was cleaned by a pro.