But I’ve Always Cleaned It That Way! Are You Making These Five Kitchen Cleaning Mistakes?

It’s funny how we’ve cleaned our house since we were kids using the same cleaners, the same sponges or cloths, and no one has ever said a word about it. Over the years, dirt and grime hasn’t changed. However, the surfaces it covers have changed. New materials need new methods of cleaning, or they’ll be damaged. Here are five kitchen and home cleaning mistakes that need correcting before your home is harmed.

Cleaning the Sink

The kitchen sink contains food particles from washing dishes, grime from washing hands, and contaminants of all types. This intensifies when water stands in the sink or garbage disposal. Mold spores and bacteria are inhaled by the family, where they cause lung troubles. Moreover, the faucet and cold/hot water knobs catch germs.

How to Do It Properly

Wipe down the kitchen sink, faucet, and hot/cold water knobs several times a day. Make a paste out of baking soda and water. It’s an antifungal, and antibacterial, so the germs and bacteria won’t be hanging around.

Cleaning the Dishwasher

People forget that food particles are washed off the dishes and pans. They fall into the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher. Consequently, they ricochet right back onto another load of dishes until someone cleans it.

How to Do It Properly

Clean this smelly problem at least once every two weeks. Rinse the filter, and then run an empty dishwasher through its cycles to clean the whole machine.

Cleaning the Cutting Board

“But I’ve always run the cutting board through the dishwasher!” If so, you haven’t gotten the germs and bacteria out of the crevices from knives cutting into it. This is one of the most important kitchen cleaning tasks you’ll do, because the germs get into the next food you prep on the cutting board, risking health problems.

How to Do It Properly

Scrub the cutting board with a paste of baking soda and water. Then rub a lemon over it. Both have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and the board will look and smell wonderful.

Using a Clean Cloth

You move from the kitchen sink to the counter tops to the stove. The kitchen table comes next, and for good measure, the fridge. You’re using the same cloth to clean them all. You’re spreading the dirt, grime, germs, and bacteria from one surface to the next.

How to Do It Properly

Use microfiber cloths, because they pick up more grime and moisture than cotton cloths. Use a separate sponge or cloth for each surface. Make sure to use the right cleaning formula on each surface to avoid damaging the surfaces.

Spraying Cleaner Directly Onto a Surface

This is one of the home cleaning mistakes people make the most. Spraying cleaner directly onto a surface renders the surface greasy. It catches more dirt and dust. It could damage the piece.

How to Do It Properly

Using a microfiber cloth or a paper towel, spray the cleaning onto the cloth before cleaning the piece.