Cooking and storing food inevitably causes your kitchen to become dirty with use as small splashes and fallen crumbs accumulate over time. Your appliances and tools can also wear down. To make the space more pleasant to work in and more conducive to efficient food preparation, learn about kitchen maintenance you should be doing.
Clean Surfaces and Compartments
Your countertops, backsplash, cabinets, and refrigerator are prone to collecting dust and grime. Keep a fresh appearance on par with the rest of your home by cleaning all these surfaces frequently. Wiping with a wet rag should be sufficient for smaller jobs, and you can use soapy water for oil-based spots and stains. For the toughest stains, use a 1:1 solution of water and baking soda. Any buildup in small cracks in appliances like your dishwasher may require a toothbrush or a toothpick to get out all the gunk.
Clear Out the Garbage Disposal
Have you noticed that your garbage disposal has begun to give off an unpleasant stench? These appliances can trap scraps of food over time that mix with water and begin to rot. When this becomes noticeable, it’s time to clear it out and clean it. To do this, start by scrubbing the parts of your drain that are visible to you with soap. Running hot water through the garbage disposal will also break up solidified oils within it. Then, adding small bits of lemon and activating the garbage disposal can eliminate lingering stenches.
Care for Your Kitchen Tools
If you don’t take care of your cooking tools, they can degrade to the point that they become ineffective. As a result, part of the kitchen maintenance you should be doing is caring for your tools. Different items will have different requirements, so you’ll need to do some research. Here are some general tips to take note of, though. You should have a rack or knife block to hold your knives securely and preserve their edges. It’s important to use a sharp knife at all times because a blunt blade is more prone to slipping and won’t cut as effectively. For wooden tools, stick to handwashing because a washing machine can damage the wood. Cast iron skillets require even more specific care since you can’t expose them to water or soap. Instead, place oil and salt on their surfaces, and wipe with a paper towel.