No matter what the furnishings and fittings you have in your kitchen the most important thing is to ensure that everything is kept hygienically clean to avoid the spread of bacteria and infection.
When cleaning it is always advisable to use a cleaning spray that contains bleach or if you prefer to, fill the sink full of hot water and apply a little washing up liquid and a few squirts of bleach. Soak your cloth into this solution every day whether you have a cleaning spray for your kitchen or not as this will kill all the bacteria on your cloth. Replace your kitchen cloth every week.
Use either the above solution to clean all work surfaces in your kitchen or use spray bleach directly onto the surface you are cleaning and wipe thoroughly ensuring any crumbs are swept away by the cloth and then rinsed off under the tap or the cleaning solution in the sink.
Insects such as ants are attracted towards crumbs so if any food items fall under any fittings such as the refrigerator or washing machine ensure that they are cleaned up as soon as possible. The same applies to any crumbs on the kitchen surfaces or cutting board. Wipe every time you have prepared food as this will also reduce the amount of crumbs that inevitably fall onto the floor also.
Ensure that you clean your refrigerator out every week and dispose of any unwanted food items or ones that have expired. Hygienic wipes are wonderful for this task and easily disposable of.
Something that most people don’t always do every day is to vacuum their floors thoroughly. It is imperative to get into the corners of the house and under the furniture when cleaning as dust mites and fluff can accumulate in these areas otherwise. Once vacuuming has been completed then it is also important to mop the floor if you have wood or vinyl. If carpeted then it is necessary to get them cleaned either with the right product or a professional cleaning company every six months.
When mopping ensure that you use scolding hot kettle water as cool or tepid water will not kill bacteria and use an appropriate disinfectant within the mop bucket. For example if you have pets ensure it is not harmful as some disinfectants warn not to let animals step on the floor while it is wet but in some circumstances this can be unavoidable.
Using a separate bucket to rinse the mop after wiping the floor and then dipping it into another bucket can greatly cut down on the spreading of bacteria.
Remember to clean appliances in your kitchen also such as the taps as these can be a breeding ground for germs.
It is important not to forget that it is not just what our kitchen looks like but also how we keep it. Asking someone if they would like a coffee for example when they can see dirt and grime on every work surface will most likely result in them declining even if they are dehydrated beyond belief.