It's no secret that the kitchen is one of the dirtiest places in your home. And you might only be scratching the surface while doing your weekly clean. Our friends at All You break down the important places you should start cleaning now.
Mopping your floor, wiping down your countertops, and, of course, scrubbing your shockingly dirty kitchen sink are all no doubt part of your usual kitchen cleaning routine, but there are probably more than a few dirty places you aren't cleaning that you really should.
1. Your Knife Block
Sure, you clean your knives before putting them back in the block, but the water from the wet knives can create a breeding ground for bacteria. To clean your block, wash the outside with soap and water and scrub the inside with a pipe cleaner or thin brush and a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Rinse well and store upside down on a drying rack to make sure everything is dry before putting your knives back. Better yet, pick up a wall-mounted magnetic knife strip.
2. The Drying Rack
Speaking of drying racks, when is the last time you picked yours up and gave it a good scrub? A once over with your favorite kitchen cleaner every week should be enough to keep it spotless. While you're at it, don't forget the area under the rack, where the water from your drying dishes can accumulate and lead to mold.
3. The Produce Bowl
We know that not all produce is meant to be refrigerated, but the residue left behind by fruits and veggies like apples, tomatoes and onions can still make your produce bowl a breeding ground for bacteria. Give your bowl a good scrub whenever you refill it with new produce and no matter what, always clean your produce before you eat it.
4. The Back of Your Refrigerator
We don't blame you if the idea alone of pulling your fridge away from the wall makes you cringe, but cleaning your refrigerator every 6 months will keep it running in top shape and save you money in the long run. This tutorial explains how to do it (it will take about 20 minutes), but always check your user's manual before you try anything.
5. Stove Knobs and Handles
Washing your hands while you're cooking won't do any good if you're grabbing onto a dirty handle or knob right afterward. Wipe down the knobs and handles after you finish cooking dinner, being extra careful around the knobs on your stove and oven, which have electrical wiring that could get damaged if they get too wet.
6. Your Dishwasher
Yep, even appliances that are created to clean can get dirty. Just like with your refrigerator, cleaning your dishwasher keeps it running smoothly, plus you won't be transferring bacteria onto dishes you're trying to get clean. Once a month, follow this hands-free tutorial to keep everything in top shape.
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