Crumbs on the floor and a few dishes in the sink never hurt anybody, right? While that may be true to an extent, stray crumbs and odors from unwashed dishes aren’t exactly appealing and could in some cases lead to bigger problems. Cleaning up can do more than give you a clean kitchen – it can lift your spirits as well.
Keeping Your Kitchen Summertime Fresh Can Be Simple
A Breath of Fresh Air
Have you ever walked into your home from being outdoors and noticed a sour or foul odor lingering in the air? There can be many causes for those smells. Food particles sitting in a sink’s food disposer can quickly grow bacteria which produce unpleasant odors, so always run it after preparing a meal or doing the dishes. Running a bit of lemon rind down the disposal can also help keep it fresh.
Wipe Out Odor
A dishcloth can also carry a good deal of odor from residual food particles and may just spread bacteria around. It may be helpful to instead use a dish sponge to clean tough dishes and get in the habit of popping it into the dishwasher with each load to keep it fresh. Save the cloth for wiping down the counters and other surfaces and wash it often.
Take Out the Trash
Garbage, particularly meat scraps or wrappings or certain vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli that produce disagreeable odors, which can, over time, become quite strong. A citrus scented trash bag smells great can help keep odors at bay, but the best fix is just to take the trash out often.
A Clean Sweep
Using an angled broom with softer bristles can be more effective than a traditional straw broom. The angle can get under the edge of appliances and cabinets. Empty the dustpan every few feet to ensure you aren’t spreading things around. Leaving crumbs or debris for later may invite bacterial growth or even an invasion of ants or worse, so sweep daily.
Natural Can Be Nicer
Don’t forget about the power of white vinegar. It is a natural anti-bacterial and a great way to shine up appliances. It can even remove scale due to mineral buildup from around faucets and drains. Simply place a couple of layers of paper toweling around the crusty areas, soak with vinegar and leave for a few hours or overnight. Then scrub gently with a soft toothbrush to loosen and remove the mineral deposits and enjoy the shine.
Frequently, making small changes can produce big results, and that can certainly be true in the kitchen. Cleaning messes as they happen is the best way to prevent odors and keep your kitchen smelling fresh.