10 Tips For Clean, Efficient Kitchens
Monday, December 10, 2018
Kitchens have to be clean, uncluttered, functional and easy to use. An unorganised, unclean kitchen poses health hazards through contaminated food. Moreover, the kitchen has many sharp and hot objects, so you need to ensure that it does not pose a risk to anyone in the room, particularly children.
Arrange containers so that the frequently used ones are easily reachable. Label jars and ensure that cutlery goes back to the right place after use. Sticking to this habit will automatically eliminate clutter.
Not everything in the kitchen gets used, and getting rid of such things can give you a lot more storage space. If you still want to keep them around, remove them from the kitchen or store them out of the way in overhead cabinets.
When you are cooking in a hurry, pulling and twisting cabinet knobs to reach ingredients can be frustrating. Consider getting a pull-out tray near the hob so you can easily access everyday spices and ingredients. Sleek’s Aristo modular systems feature internationally renowned soft-close drawers and electronic lift-up systems for easy access.
Lack of storage space is a common problem in most households. Use ignored spaces like walls and corners to install shelves and hanging container holders. Hang pots, pans, ladles and towels to keep them out of the way and improve your home décor.
Water dripping from washed utensils makes the kitchen wet and messy. A simple trick to deal with this is to install plate trays above the sink. This way, you will be using vertical space while ensuring that water does not drip on the floor —no mopping required!
All electrical appliances switches, fixtures, etc., need to be placed away from water to avoid dangerous electrical short-circuits.
Consider who uses the microwave more. Keep it in a way that the inside of the device is at eye level. For shorter people, setting it below the countertop makes it safer to use.
A good amount of natural light keeps the kitchen airy and fresh. Adequate lighting also facilitates ease of work. Install lights under the overhead shelves to make it safer to use knives and sharp tools at night.
Sharp corners on the countertop and island area can pose a risk of injury for both adults and children, so consider getting the edges rounded or installing corner guards.
Keeping every part of your kitchen clean and disinfected is vital for health. This includes cleaning often-ignored areas like the sink and faucets. Use fine steel wool and a soft cloth to clean a stainless-steel sink, and white vinegar as a natural cleaning agent for faucets and fixtures that get stained with mineral-heavy water.
The best way to keep your kitchen organised, clean and safe is to develop a schedule for cleaning and stick to it.