The ultimate six-step guide to detoxing your kitchen for 2021

The ultimate six step guide to detoxing your kitchen for 2021 – from scrubbing the oven to cleaning a dirty fridge

  • To usher in the new year, completely detoxing your kitchen is a great idea
  • A freshly cleaned kitchen ensures that the food is stored safely and lasts longer
  • The six step guide starts with using natural cleaning products and cleaning the refrigerator

A clean kitchen means a clean mind, and the New Year is a perfect opportunity to detox and reset.

Lifestyle publication Bed Threads suggests that you should do six things before the start of 2021, including cleaning your refrigerator and switching to natural detergents.

FEMAIL shares the six most important things you need to do to prepare your room for the new year.

Since the kitchen is a hotspot in the household, it’s best to do a full detox in the most efficient way possible

1. Switch to natural detergents

Before undergoing kitchen detox, use natural cleaning products rather than harsh chemical products.

Using safe, natural products will ensure that you won’t harm the kitchen in any way while also killing germs.

For example, the kitchen sink can be cleaned by scooping a few tablespoons of bicarb soda over the surface, pouring a generous amount of vinegar over it, and deodorising it with half a lemon.

Supermarkets also sell Australian branded products made with natural ingredients.

Using safe, natural products like lemon and vinegar will ensure you won't harm the kitchen in any way while also killing germs

Using safe, natural products like lemon and vinegar will ensure you won’t harm the kitchen in any way while also killing germs

TEN WAYS TO USE LEMON IN THE KITCHEN

1. Clean the microwave

2. Clean wooden cutting boards

3. Remove stains from butcher’s block countertops

4. Make an all-purpose kitchen cleaner

5. Polish copper

6. Freshen up the garbage disposal

7. Scrub stubborn foods off dishes

8. Clean and deodorize smelly plastic containers.

9. Polish spotty knives

10. Clean the mixer

Source: thekitchn.com

2. Clean the refrigerator

After the cleaning products have been changed, first clean the refrigerator – inside and out.

There will likely be stale food on the back, unnoticed spilled sauces, and old glasses lurking in the unit, the experts at Bed Threads advised.

While removing the contents from the refrigerator is a hassle, it is worth doing.

3. Replace plastic with glass

While cleaning the kitchen, it is best to replace plastic containers with glass alternatives.

While glass is more expensive and harder to transport, it is a healthier option because polycarbonate plastic is known to contain chemicals.

Plastic wrap can also be replaced with silicone wrap to cover leftover food.

While glass is more expensive and harder to transport, it is a healthier option because polycarbonate plastic is known to contain chemicals

While glass is more expensive and harder to transport, it is a healthier option because polycarbonate plastic is known to contain chemicals

4. Scrub the oven

Often times, the oven becomes the most neglected part of the kitchen as it is an annoying, time consuming task.

However, if the oven is not turned, it can become littered with accumulated food stains and grease that will deteriorate over time.

Use both detergent and sponges to remove the rough stains on the oven door.

In addition to the oven, make sure that the stove burners are also cleaned well.

5. Build on the essentials

Once the refrigerator and oven are clean and the plastic has been replaced with glass containers, fresh essentials can be purchased.

Think green and buy vegetables and fruits along with lean protein, nuts, and grains – but make sure all foods are washed and drained before putting them in the refrigerator.

Certain herbs can also be stored in small jars filled with water for a longer lifespan.

6. Raid the pantry

Much like the refrigerator, the pantry can also quickly collect a number of packaged groceries that are usually forgotten.

Store dried foods like pasta and rice in jars rather than branded packaging to keep them fresher longer.

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