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how to avoid kitchen cleaning disaster

How to Avoid a Kitchen Cleaning Disaster

The kitchen is the core of the home. It’s the place where both men and women often times feel like culinary kings and queens. But all this food artistry sometimes leads to great kitchen cleaning disasters. Grease, oil, burnt-ons and so much more, create a lot of work after cooking. The most important tip you need to remember to avoid kitchen cleaning disaster is to act as quickly as possible. Tackle the stains and dirt as they happen. But of course, there’s more you need to know.

Mess from Cooking

Whether you are using pans or pots, spillage often occurs when frying, simmering, boiling or steaming. Clean up any spills as soon as they happen, and check the floor periodically while you’re cooking. Sometimes the oil or water drips on the floor. Avoid slippery floor!

Cuts from Kitchen Knives

Always handle knives with care, no matter how experienced you are in the kitchen. Keep them in a knife box whenever they are not in use. Don’t leave them in a full sink because someone can easily get cut if they attempt to wash the dishes and don’t see the knife. Keep your knives sharp. Dull knives are much more dangerous, because they can easily slip (from the surface of a tomato , for example) and cause a really deep cut. Knife cuts can create a serious kitchen cleaning disaster. Not only, it could be a real health hazard, but also you will have to clean up the blood from the surfaces it fell on.

Kitchen Fires

Kitchen fires are far more common than you would expect. Always check all of your appliances before use. If you hear a strange noise, switch them off and unplug them. Take the items for repair. Also take care not to leave any bread crumbs in the toaster, oven or microwave. This could be a potential fire hazard.

Cooked Food

Any food that you aren’t eating immediately after cooking can be left outside the fridge for about an hour. To prevent a kitchen cleaning disaster, especially if you have kids or pets, keep the cooked food in a container with a lid or in the pan/pot with the cover on.

Organising the Pantry

If you want to save time and efforts cleaning your kitchen, you need to organise properly your pantry and storage areas. Arrange and label all cupboard foods and find designated space for all small utensils. A chaos in the kitchen equals cleaning disaster.

Kitchen Bins

The bins in the kitchen can surely create a huge mess, which may be hard to clean. Not to mention the smell, which can put you off any kind of food for days. You should always put the right size bin bag in your container and separate general waste from food waste and recyclable items. Your food waste should be taken out every day. Leaving it in the bin for more than 24 hours can cause the spread of dangerous bacteria and therefore diseases. To eliminate the smell coming out of your bin, you can throw in a couple of lemon slices.

 

The kitchen can be quite a messy place if not handled with care. However, if you put a little effort after every cooking experience, you should be able to avoid kitchen cleaning disaster on most occasions. And if all this is getting a little too much for you, you can always rely on professional domestic help from our experienced cleaners. Tell us what you need and we will do our best to provide it.

 

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How to Get your Children Involved in Domestic Cleaning

They say a house full of children is a happy house. While we don’t object that at all, we would also like to add that a house full of children is a messy house. And it is the truth, many of you would confirm. Those half-terms and the school holidays can turn into a nightmare if the weather is bad or you haven’t planned enough entertaining activities. The chances are your house will be turned upside down and there’s little you could do to prevent it. However, you may be able to minimise the cleaning you have to do afterwards if you manage to get the messy players fix their mess. Since it is half term and the International Children’s Day, we thought there’s no better topic for the blog but to give you a few ideas how to get your children involved in domestic cleaning.

Set expectations early

Let your children know that they can play as much as they want, however, they will have to clean up any mess afterwards. No toys left on the floor, no scribbles on the furniture or walls, no spills on the carpet. Of course, if you have really young children you must set some precautions for real damage to occur. Teach them to complete age-appropriate tasks as part of domestic cleaning.

Give rewards

Children love being rewarded for doing something right. It doesn’t have to be something big or expensive. From our experience, most kids are over the moon when they receive just a sticker. You can create charts (especially if there are two or more siblings in the household), which will create a fun competition between the kids and will prompt them to complete their domestic cleaning tasks every week. Teenagers, probably won’t care much about coming first on the leaderboard for house chores, but you can keep them involved in domestic cleaning by rewarding them with some extra change or more screen time, extended curfew, and so on.

Work together as a family

Tell your children that everybody at home has to work together as a family. Use the opportunity to bond with them or introduce family traditions that will last for decades. Perhaps your children will pass them to their own. Make it fun by structuring domestic cleaning as a game. It could be something like a treasure hunt or a quest. You can introduce point system and form different teams. The winner gets a special treat in the form of something they like doing, eating or having.

Teach but don’t preach

The most important thing for involving the children in domestic cleaning is to be an example of what you expect them to do. If they see you throwing your clothes on the floor after work, their school uniform won’t go neatly in the laundry basket. Children are very perceptive. They learn better when you show them how to behave rather than tell them what to do. Want to get your children involved in domestic cleaning? Show them it’s fun with your own attitude towards it. If they see you frowning every time you have to wash the dishes, they would see the activity as something tedious. As a parent you have the amazing opportunity to shape a person into a well-rounded individual. Use that opportunity wise.

 

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When to Clean What: The Perfect Cleaning Schedule

Do you have trouble organising your domestic cleaning tasks? You need structure. You also need a reliable schedule to follow so that you save time and have everything under control. Planning your tasks always makes the execution somehow easier. We love helping you in any way possible, so we have created the perfect cleaning schedule telling you exactly when and what to clean to maintain a sparkling home at all occasions. Let’s start with the least frequent and finish off with the daily tasks.

 

Yearly Cleaning Chores

 

Some things in your home wouldn’t require so much attention all the time, therefore you can brush it aside for weeks and even weeks. However, it is good to complete these tasks at least once a year:

 

  • Clean the fireplace and chimney
  • Deep clean your windows
  • Clean vents
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs
  • Clean out the gutters

 

Every 3 to 6 Months

 

There are other chores that also don’t need to be repeated too often, but certainly need attention more than once a year. This is mainly to ensure you and your family lives in a pleasant and healthy environment.

 

  • Clean your fridge and freezer
  • Clean under and behind the furniture and appliances
  • Clean your oven
  • Descale the coffee machine and kettle
  • Vacuum the mattresses
  • Wash shower curtain
  • Wash pillows and comforters
  • Wash curtains

 

Monthly

 

Here we are, moving on to the more frequently performed household tasks. These are not too hard and shouldn’t really take a lot of time, even though you only engage with them once a month.

 

  • Vacuum the vents
  • Clean the light fixtures
  • Dust the blinds
  • Clean the dishwasher, washing machine and microwave

 

Weekly

 

If you want to live in a well organised and safe home, you should commit to doing these cleaning tasks every week.

 

  • Clean the mirrors and other glass surfaces
  • Dust/vacuum the furniture
  • Mop all hard floors
  • Scrub bathroom surfaces
  • Wipe kitchen surfaces
  • Vacuum the entire house
  • Change bed sheets
  • Get rid of expired food
  • Freshen the bins
  • Sanitise the toilet and bath

 

Twice a week

 

Depending on the size of your family, sometimes you would need to do some tasks more frequently than once a week, but as often as every day.

 

  • Doing the laundry
  • Ironing
  • Folding clothes
  • Take out the bins

 

Daily

 

And here we go – the daily struggles! Actually, it shouldn’t be as hard as it seems. Once you spread your tasks over different time periods and follow your schedule it really gets easy. So every day you should:

 

  • Make the bed
  • Wash the dishes
  • Mop the kitchen floor
  • Wipe down bathroom surfaces
  • Vacuum main living spaces
  • Put away toys and clutter

 

Bear in mind that if you are a mom of more than one child under the age of 7 you may have to perform the daily tasks hourly. 😁

 

You see! Now everything is much more bearable. There’s beauty in the routine because it helps you stay organised and manage your time better. If after all, you still think you can’t cope with all the cleaning chores yourself, call us for help. Fill in the form below and we will get back to you in no time! 

An Organized Life is a Happy Life

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