You may feel like you’ve got it made now that you’re living in one of the classy condos in Griffintown. However, you will still need to clean up after yourself. Now while you might be diligent in cleaning your new home, you may not be doing it right. That’s especially true for the kitchen, which quite a few people can’t seem to clean correctly.
You Have to Clean the Kitchen Sink Regularly
Most people don’t do this at all, and that’s a colossal mistake. Ask a microbiologist, and they’ll tell you that a kitchen sink contains more E. coli than a recently flushed toilet. It’s dark and wet, which makes it the ideal home for bacteria. From there, it can then infect the plates and utensils you may leave in the sink.
So every time you wash your dishes, you should also wipe down the kitchen sink basin with warm water and mild soap.
Don’t Overlook the Knobs and Handles
Yes, it’s great that you wipe down your kitchen counters so that the kitchen looks clean. But quite a few neglect the most often touched parts of the kitchen. These include the handles on your oven, microwave and fridge, the cabinet pulls, and the door knobs. A study a few years ago found that these places contained various types of bacteria that can cause disease, including E. coli and listeria. So wipe these surfaces every night as well.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal Too
Some people seem to be under the impression that their garbage disposal unit can get rid of food like magic. But the truth is that it can still contain little bits of food, and those bits can get rather stinky after a while.
You can pour a mix of ice cubes and white vinegar down the drain, though cold water and citrus rinds can work too. Then you can turn on the processor until the mixture is cleared.
Don’t Forget about Your Coffee Maker
That includes your coffee bean grinder too. You probably use these things frequently if you’re a coffee aficionado, but even coffee fans forget to clean their coffee equipment regularly. Soon that delicious cup of java can taste rather disappointing.
You should clean your coffee maker at least once a month. Run a mix of 1 part distilled white vinegar and 2 parts water through the brew cycle without a filter. After that, just rinse it with water for a few rounds until the vinegar smell goes away.
The grinder can be cleaned simply by wiping it down with soapy water and a wet cloth. If there’s still some sort of smell, you can get rid of it by using the grinder to grind uncooked rice.
Clean the Inside of Your Dishwasher
Lots of people don’t know that they should do this. One study of almost 200 dishwashers found that at least 60% of them had some type of fungi on the rubber seal around the dishwasher door. In addition, more than 50% of these dishwashers also contained black yeast.
While these fungi and germs aren’t guaranteed to make you sick, you should just play it safe and get rid of these icky things altogether. Clean the grooves of the rubber seal by using a regular spray cleaner and a small brush.
You should just clean the whole dishwasher too. Sanitize it by spraying a layer of coating, with a mix of equal parts of water and white vinegar. Then run the unit on empty and without detergent through the hottest wash cycle.
There you have it. Heed these tips, and you’re on your way to cleaning your condo kitchen the right way.