Indian culture revolves around food. Unlike many other countries where a single hot meal a day is standard fare, Indians relish their three hot meals. A delicious meal with family or friends is associated with many pleasant memories. Is it any wonder that the kitchen is the most important room in the house?
Why is it necessary to regularly maintain the kitchen?
Indian cooking is characterized by oil splatters, high temperatures, spices that stain, steam from the pressure cooker, a variety of ingredients, and occasional spills. This doesn’t bode well for any kitchen. While modular kitchens do make it easier to combine elegance and functionality, they still require regular upkeep to ensure that kitchen equipment remains in sterling condition for many years. In the long run, this helps save both money and time.
Countertops and Cabinets
Most of us wipe down the kitchen countertops after a cooking expedition but how many of us take the time to wipe the cabinets as well? Kitchen cabinets need to be cleaned on a weekly basis at the very least, to eliminate stickiness and unpleasant odours. Warm soapy water is usually the safest cleaning agent for your kitchen countertops and cabinets.
A clean sink can go a long way in preventing plumbing problems and in keeping away cockroaches and mice. The first step in this direction is to ensure that there are no food scraps or garbage left in the sink. If your kitchen is fitted with a steel sink, use a solution of baking soda and hot water to do away with unwanted smells and greasiness. Vinegar and hot water can be used similarly to clean a ceramic sink. It is also a good habit to ensure that dirty dishes are never left overnight in the sink.
Stove and Oven
Wipe down stove burners after every use to avoid clogs. Baking soda can once again be used to clean the oven of greasy spills. A heavy duty vacuum may be used twice a year to clean the chimney.
Clean your fridge every Sunday with warm soapy water. Be sure to throw away old food, rotting greens, and squishy week-old vegetables. An open bowl of baking soda placed in the fridge can help to get rid of any unpleasant smells.
Floors, tiles and kitchen rugs
Although most of us do invest time having our floors cleaned, it is important to recognize that kitchen floors need slightly extra care. Kitchen floors need to be swept and mopped on a daily basis. Cleaning kitchen tiles of splashes and stains on a regular basis ensures that your kitchen remains pest and rodent free. It is also a good habit to regularly wash kitchen rugs and replace them often. Many of us don’t realize this, but kitchen rugs are a major breeding ground for bacteria.
It is easy to feel somewhat overwhelmed at the idea of having to clean the variety of appliances stored in our kitchens. However, an easy trick to tackle this chore is to clean equipment immediately after using it. Postponing most often results in difficult-to-clean stains and hardened crusty messes that require serious scrubbing. Warm soapy water is usually enough to clean of fresh stains.
Another important aspect of guaranteeing a sparkling germ-free kitchen is by making sure that the garbage can is regularly washed with hot water and sprayed with disinfectant. A clean kitchen, though aesthetically pleasing, is, most importantly, a step in ensuring your family’s health and safety. It is an added advantage that regular maintenance can help in cutting costs for repair and replacement.