Preparing your kitchen for the strain of Christmas cooking
Category: Home Cleaning
Presents need to be wrapped, cards need to be written - and most importantly of all, food needs to be bought and prepared.
Ahead of getting into the kitchen to work on a big meal, it is well worth giving the room one last deep clean.
Doing this will prepare the kitchen for the strain of all the activity it is likely to see over the coming days - and while it may seem like a lot of work now, it could potentially make cleaning up after the event a little bit easier.
A deep clean can appear daunting, but it is easy with the right products and a good idea of what you need to do.
With this in mind, we've broken it down into a short list of smaller jobs.
Cupboards and surfaces
A basic surface cleaner or disinfectant spray is all you need to clean the insides of cupboards and outer surfaces. Obviously you will need to remove all the contents - plates and bowls - so do this before the surfaces or make sure you put them down on a clean surface.
Don't forget to clean the outer surfaces, as well as door handles - and do a final wipe and sweep once you have put everything back.
Appliances might require a little bit more work, as well as specialist products. Oven cleaner is required, as well as and anti-bacterial cleaning agent for the fridge and food cupboards, glass cleaner where necessary and limescale remover for around the hob.
Soak oven shelves individually and treat the fridge as you did the cupboards - removing everything and cleaning the shelves and inner surfaces.
When everything is looking spick and span, the last thing to do is scrub the sink and clean the floor of any detritus that may have fallen from the surfaces.