Ultimate Guide to a Clean and Healthy Kitchen
Today we're diving deep into cleaning and re-organizing your kitchen to optimize your family's health. Here's an overview of the article:
- Step 1: What you'll need to get started
- Step 2: Throwaway expired or old food and declutter
- Step 3: Deep clean
- Step 4: Organize your pantry, fridge, and cabinets for a refresh
- Step 5: Maintain a healthy kitchen
Step 1: What you'll need to get started
Before starting the project of deep cleaning your kitchen, let's make sure you have the right supplies. You'll need an all purpose spray for your countertops, sink, and stovetop. But you don't want just any all purpose cleaner, you want something healthy, especially because you're using it on surfaces (like your countertop) where food is prepped.
What does it mean to use non-toxic cleaners?
Non-toxic cleaners are good for the environment, safe to inhale, safe to be exposed to without developing irritation, rash, or burns.
The more natural your cleaning products, the better, but at the same time you also need effective products. We recommend our Lavender Rosemary Gallon Hand Soap. It's natural and good for the environment when you refill your soap dispensers from a gallon, rather than purchasing smaller sizes repeatedly (less plastic, less shipping).
Step 2: Throwaway expired and old food
This step is fun because it's such a quick way to declutter your pantry and fridge, which makes organizing so much easier down the road.
Go through your fridge first and check for molding cheese, expired condiments, and any food that is just plain old.
Next, go through your pantry for expired items, especially checking your soups and canned goods.
Step 3: Deep clean
Now's the time to use your newly purchased cleaning supplies and get to work. Here's the best order to clean your kitchen:
- Empty the dishwasher and wash dishes
- Clear clutter off your countertops
- Dust the tops of the fridge and cabinets
- Clean small appliances and anything else that's out on your counters
- Scrub down the exterior of your stove, oven, and inside of your microwave
- Deep clean your sink
- Wipe down your countertops
- Vacuum floors
Step 4: Organize your pantry, fridge, and cabinet for a refresh
Once you've purged all the expired food and scrubbed down your kitchen, you should have a clean palette to start organizing. We recommend starting with the fridge since it's typically a smaller space. You can get some awesome fridge and pantry organization ideas here.
Step 5: Maintain a healthy kitchen for life
Before grocery shopping for the week, go through your panty and fridge to declutter. Throw away expired goods regularly and donate unwanted items.
Keep extra hand soap and dish soap underneath your kitchen sink to continuously refresh. We recommend buying a small hand soap pump and re-fill it regularly for the best bargain. You can purchase an entire gallon of kitchen hand soap - with free shipping!
If you're in the process of cleaning out your kitchen, send us a photo of the final results on Instagram tagging @whytegateinc. We'd love to see your upgraded kitchen organization.