As any Italian family will tell you, the kitchen is the heart of your home. We care for ourselves to keep our hearts strong and healthy, and it’s important to put that same care and detail into your homes.
So, let’s delve into the trickiest spots in our kitchens that need more than a bit of elbow grease and learn how to clean your kitchen and keep it clean.
The blender gasket
You love smoothies. We love smoothies. We’re all on the same page. The blender has probably taken a beating this winter if you’ve gone on a smoothie bender like us. Even if you’ve been cleaning your blender regularly, the gasket (that rubber ring) alone can be a carrier for salmonella, E. Coli, yeast and mould. Run that thing through the dishwasher with some vinegar to keep your smoothie game on point.
The hood fan
When did you last peeking under your stove hood and look at the filter? Spoiler: it’s not going to be pretty. It can lose all effectiveness when grease blocks it up. Our recommendation? Spray some AspenClean Kitchen Spray to cut through grease, sprinkle a little AspenClean Super Scrub Powder (containing Tea Tree and Lavender organic essential oil), and let sit for about five minutes. Finally, use a non-abrasive brush and some hot water to scrub away the mess before reinserting the filter.
This little monster doesn’t just go to war with you over bread. It can house some harmful bacteria as well as yeast and mould. If you want to make sure that your breakfast stays hygienic and own a house that doesn’t burn down, you’ll want to ensure you periodically clean this guy. First and foremost, unplug your machine, remove the racks, soak them in water, use some AspenClean Kitchen Spray and scrub them clean. Shake out the actual toaster and use a damp cleaning toothbrush to clean the inside coils.
Even the most diligent cleaners can sometimes forget that there are spaces outside your eyesight—the top of the microwave, the top of the refrigerator, and the top of the cabinets. Take a damp microfiber cloth and wipe it well to remove all the built-up dust.
The knife block
Through slicing and dicing, you may not think about the perfect dark, moist environment for yeast and mould, which you place your knives into when you’ve finished. First and foremost, you’re going to shake out crumbs. Then mix baking soda, lemon juice, and distilled vinegar on a euro scrubby, and dig into the holes to disinfect the wood. Do not submerge in water.
The garbage can
The irony shouldn’t be lost on you. Take these bad boys outside, rinse them out, and use a long-handled brush to scrub the inside with a mix of distilled vinegar and warm water.