5 Kitchen Areas to Disinfect Everyday

The kitchen is the most used room in our home. Whether we’re eating a meal, doing homework, prepping lunch boxes, having family meetings, or just grabbing a quick snack, it’s our highest traffic area in the house.

It’s also the room that I have to clean most often. But you don’t have to clean your kitchen from top to bottom every single day. Here’s the 5 areas I clean constantly though…

5 kitchen areas to clean everyday

1. The countertops.
This one is a no-brainer. You prep your food on this surface, plus lots of hands cross this space. I clean this area several times a day, especially before and after preparing a meal. Just warm water and soap works fine. Depending on your countertop surface, consider looking into cleaning supplies specifically made for your kind of countertop.

And remember, if your countertops look clean, your entire kitchen looks clean.

Woman cleaning the counter  in the kitchen2. The sink.
Your sink can serve as a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Hot water just isn’t enough to clean this space. Try a solution of bleach and water once a day and then letting the solution run down the drain. Keep a mixture in a spray bottle under your sink!

To help keep bacteria to a minimum, immediately put your dirty dishes in your dishwasher. But what if it’s full? Take the 5 minutes it takes to empty it! Honestly, time yourself. It doesn’t take half as long as you really think it does (good tip for your kids too that whine every time you ask them to empty it!).

Wilsonart Carrara Santorini with HD sink3. Handles to the refrigerator, microwave, stove, and dishwasher.
Whether it’s little kids or you after preparing dinner, the handles in your kitchen can be a breeding ground for bacteria as well. Try using a combination detergent/disinfectant that both cleans and kills germs (plus it will cut back on time and money). If you’re in a hurry, try pre-packaged sanitizer cloths to save time.

4. The kitchen floor.
I know this is probably the most annoying part of your kitchen to clean daily, but it will keep away the critters and pests. You don’t want roaches or mice in your home, right? I use a little hand vacuum around our kitchen island and breakfast bar, the areas that attract the most crumbs throughout the day.

favorite kitchen mopI also keep a mop with a washable microfiber wet/dry cloth nearby and some floor cleaner in a squirt bottle. I just squirt and mop, takes less than 5 minutes to sanitize the kitchen floors. You will then only need to deep clean your floors once a week.

Just remember to clean the kitchen floors last. You don’t want to wipe the crumbs off your countertops onto your freshly mopped floors.

5. The trash cans.
Half the time my kiddo misses the trashcan completely and her dinner scraps are down the side of the can. Pretty gross stuff. So after I clean the kitchen countertops with each meal, I will take the same cleaner and give a quick wipe down to our trash can and recycling can.

If your trashcan is inside a cabinet, definitely make sure you wipe down the wood as well. Acid from fruits and juices can eat away at your cabinet stain or paint.

Girl Recycling Kitchen Waste In Bin A couple other disinfecting tips:

  • Run your sponges through the dishwasher to sanitize them.
  • Use paper towels instead of dish towels to cut down on the bacteria.
  • Wear gloves if you’re cleaning with a lot of bleach in the kitchen.
  • Wipe out your microwave with a paper towel after each use.
  • Look for cutting boards that are dishwasher safe.
  • Use soap and water to wipe out your refrigerator once a month.

Alright, now give me YOUR
best kitchen cleaning 
tips and tricks!

kitchen areas to clean everyday

10 Ways to Clean with Clorox

This is a sponsored post by Clorox. All opinions are 100% mine.

 With the holidays fast-approaching it’s time to get the house in order for your family and guests. One of my secret tools is Clorox bleach. I know many of you have Clorox® in your home, but did you know it has tons of uses? Well, I’m here to help. Here’s my 10 favorite ways to clean with Clorox…

10 ways to clean with clorox

1. Sanitize toys.
With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll soon have a bunch of new toys around the house… just in time for cold and flu season. To clean and disinfect: Mix ½ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Soak pre-washed toys 5 minutes. Rinse and let air dry.

2. Get a cleaner bathroom.
To clean and disinfect a toilet bowl: Flush toilet. Pour ¾ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach into bowl. Brush bowl with scrub brush and let stand for 10 minutes. Flush.

Did you know Clorox provides better value over the competition? One bottle disinfects 33x more bathtubs than store brand bleach. You can also use Clorox safely on your sinks and faucets.

Cleaning Bathroom Sink

3. Freshen your garbage disposal.
Around the holidays it seems I always have people shoving stuff down my sink that I don’t even know about. But later I always find out when I start to get a weird smell in the kitchen. To fix this pour ¾ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach into drain while running disposal and water.

4. Disinfect doorknobs.
With all of the cold and flu viruses spreading like crazy this time of year, sanitize your home by wiping down all of your doorknobs.

5. Sanitize your cutting boards.
Nothing freaks me out more than raw chicken on a cutting board. To clean and sanitize: Mix 2 tbsp of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Pour solution over pre-washed cutting board and let stand for 2 minutes. Rinse with 2 tsp of this product per gallon of water. Do not rinse or soak overnight.

6. Clean your kitchen.
There are a bunch of other places where you can use Clorox in your kitchen: your countertops (I use the Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface™ Daily Sanitizing Spray everyday), appliances, sink, faucet, floors and even the garbage can. This is your best tool for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting your kitchen, plus it’s a lot cheaper than buying 15 different cleaning products!

Woman cleaning the counter  in the kitchen

7. Keep your flowers fresher longer. 
Not even kidding. Did you know if you drop 1/4 teaspoon of clean in a quart of vase water you can ensure the water stays clear and free of that nasty smell that starts to brew after the flowers bloom? Try it!

8. Tackle the trash cans.
Trash cans can get pretty grimy and dirty, both outside and inside. To disinfect, spray Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner with Bleach until thoroughly wet. Let stand for 5 minutes. Then rinse and wipe clean. For heavily soiled areas, a pre-cleaning is required.

And a quick tip: Place a batch of extra garbage bags at the bottom of the trash can. Take out the trash, and you’ve got a replacement bag waiting for you!

9. Those everyday items.
It’s crazy to think some of the things we touch and handle every single day are the things we clean the least. I’m talking about cell phone, home phones, the TV remote control, handles to the fridge and microwave.

10. Deep clean your washing machine.
I know you use Clorox to get brighter, fresher whites, but did you know you can also use it to clean your washing machine? Washing machines collect a lot of dirt and soil during the laundry load. Most debris is washed away with the water in each load, but over time a buildup of dirt can occur. That’s where Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner comes in handy.

For HE Washers with a “Maintenance Cycle” or “Clean Out Cycle”:

  • Select the “Maintenance Cycle” or “Clean Out Cycle”
  • Fill the machine bleach dispenser to the maximum level with Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner.
  • Allow the washer to run a complete cycle on hot water to freshen the machine.

 


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10-ways-to-clean-with-clorox-This is a sponsored post by Clorox. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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