The kitchen is the heart of a home, but that means that it is in nearly constant use. Not only that, but preparing food and cleaning up afterwards can be some of the messiest chores. That means a ‘spotless kitchen’ is more of a dream than a reality for most of us.
However, I found a way to avoid a long weekly clean by tackling a few key areas daily:
1) A daily clean of your basin and taps can prevent build-up around corners and creases.
First, I give the entire basin and tap area a quick going over with a cloth or sponge and washing up liquid. Simple is best, I say.
Next, I rub a bit of cream sink and basin cleaner into the basin and draining area with a soft cloth.
Lastly, I take an old toothbrush to the taps, fixtures, and especially the crevices near the drain. If I’m honest, I only really do this part once or twice a week and it still gives excellent results.
2) Stainless steel fixtures aren’t really stainless.
Whilst good quality stainless steel will never truly rust, it can easily become dull or tarnish in a kitchen environment. I use a little baking soda and a cloth to keep the sink in condition.
There are many high quality stainless steel cleaners and polishes available to deal with persistent stains or tarnish, but I just use a paste made of cream of tartar and fresh lemon juice. I rub the paste in and leave it overnight. It just rinses away in the morning.
3) Don’t scratch the porcelain.
Harsh or abrasive cleansers can easily damage ceramic and porcelain surfaces, taking away their shine and making them even easier to stain in the future. Instead, I use warm water and a few drops of washing up liquid on a soft sponge. There are quite a few good cleaners specific to porcelain if you prefer.
If the porcelain is already stained (tea is the worst for this) try warm spirit vinegar and a sponge.
Best of all, by attending to these three key tasks daily, I never have a big job waiting at the end of the week!
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