What possessed me to film my kitchen cleaning routine? Well, there exists on the internet a lot of bad, and even dangerous information. I’ve watched young YouTube vloggers spray vinegar on granite counter tops (a definite no-no); de-grease cooktops with chemical wipes and reams of paper towels (needless and wasteful), and scour sinks and faucets with old toothbrushes (gross!). Gimmicky products and paper towels aren’t necessary to achieve a sparkling kitchen and a germ-free sink. Here’s proof:
Thanks for watching! And just to recap, here are the materials I use for my kitchen cleaning routine:
Terry coths (a/k/a “wash cloths”). You can buy a dozen of these for about $5 in any big box hardware store. I prefer the cloths to paper towels because they are durable, absorbent, and machine washable. Also, you can heat them in the microwave, as detailed in the video. (I hope you enjoyed the microwave trick!)
Dishwashing Detergent. I use Dawn. You might prefer Dusk.
Stainless Steel Polish. Optional, but it does impart a brilliant shine. Be sure to use it as described in the above video.
Baking Soda and a Non-Scratch Scouring Pad. Thanks to this dynamic duo, my stainless steel sink looks as good as the day I purchased it. No scratch marks!
Liquid bleach. As mentioned and shown, I use household bleach to disinfect my kitchen sink and faucet. Bleach kills 99% of germs on surfaces that are free of organic matter. In other words, it won’t work where food particles (bread crumbs, etc.) are present. So clean first, then disinfect. The proper disinfecting formula is 1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon cool water.
I hope you picked up a few tips and tricks from the video. And if you have any kitchen cleaning tips of your own, please share them in the comments section below!