When’s the last time you took a look above the top of your kitchen cabinets? Or cleaned out that coffee maker you drink out of on the daily? The kitchen is a busy place and keeping it clean is a part of living a healthy lifestyle, but I often neglect to clean my most-used kitchen items. I recently took a tour of my kitchen through fresh eyes and wrote down the top five things I’m (and everyone else) probably not cleaning enough.
1. The Wooden Cutting Board
I often neglect to give my cutting board a good deep clean. I’m weary of the chemicals in surface cleaners that might sink into the wood where my food goes. But recently I stumbled upon a super easy, super effective way to clean my cutting board without any harsh ingredients. All you need is lemon and coarse sea salt. Spread the sea salt generously over the cutting board and cut a lemon in half. Use one half to scrub the cutting board, squeezing out lemon juice in the process. Once the cutting board is thoroughly scrubbed with the lemon juice and sea salt, let it soak for five minutes, then rise off with a wet rag.
2. The Top of Kitchen Cabinets
Many kitchens, like mine, have cabinets that don’t quite reach the ceiling, but I hardly ever think to clean the top of them. They’re out of sight, out of mind. But it’s an easy fix to take a wet cloth or duster and clear away the thick film of dust that has settled there, hovering over your food!
3. The Coffee Machine
At home, I have a Keurig and a Nespresso Maker that we use daily. I’m constantly replacing the water container but neglect to think about cleaning the actual machine. After all, I can’t take it apart and clean every nook and cranny. The best solution I’ve found is to add a cup of white vinegar to the water container and fill the rest up with water. Run the machine until all the water is gone. Then refill the container with pure water and run it through again until there is no vinegar taste.
4. Your Fridge
When it comes to storing my food, I think I take the fridge for granted. Leftovers, open containers, sticky sauces, raw fruits and vegetables. The fridge is really an environment I should spend more time cleaning, but if I’m honest, I don’t think about it. And again, I don’t like the idea of using chemicals in a sealed container where all my food goes, but that’s where baking soda comes in handy. Clear out your fridge and mix some baking soda with a little white vinegar and water to scrub away any stains or residue from food in your fridge, and then stick an open container of baking soda in the back to keep odor reduced to a minimum. It’s a simple, easy and effective way to keep a fridge looking and smelling fresh—and safe too!
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5. The Oven
A cookie falls off the back of a baking sheet, hot juice splashes from your Thanksgiving turkey, and an olive oil covered zucchini takes a nose dive into the black hole. Let’s face it. Your oven is probably a hot mess. To really give it a deep clean, remove everything inside like racks or pizza stones. Next, mix together a ½ cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water until you a have a spreadable paste. Then, put on a pair of rubber gloves and spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of the oven except the heating elements. Let the mixture sit for at least 12 hours or overnight. After 12 hours, use a damp dishcloth to wipe off the dried baking soda paste. If some of the paste is tricky, you might need to use a spatula to help scrape it off. Finally, take spray bottle filled with vinegar, spray on any areas with leftover baking soda residue, wipe off with a dishcloth, and repeat as needed until all of the baking soda is gone. (via TheKitchn.com)
Now that you have a clean kitchen, the next step is clean eating!