6 Tips To Clean & Prepare Your Kitchen For Summer Months Ahead
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With the mercury rising across the nation, people are gearing up to fight against the hot and humid season. In the upcoming months, people will experience heat waves and thus need to take care of themselves by keeping hydrated, indulging in light foods, and wearing light-fabric clothes. One of the most important things that is often overlooked is keeping the kitchen pantry clean during the summer season.  

You must have heard about keeping the kitchen clean during the rainy season; however, it is of utmost importance to keep the kitchen clean even during summer. Warmer temperatures create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and pests, thus making it crucial to maintain the cleanliness of the kitchen to prevent foodborne illness and contamination. Summer heat can lead to food spoilage making it essential to store and keep the perishable items properly to avoid wastage.   

A clean and organised kitchen not only enhances efficiency but also makes it ready to enjoy cooking experiences. Here are some tips to prep your kitchen and make it summer-ready:  

  • Declutter Countertops And Cabinets  

To make your kitchen summer ready start by decluttering your countertops and cabinets to create a clean and spacious environment. Remove the items that are no longer needed or have expired. Clean countertops of small appliances and utensils that are rarely used. Opt for minimalistic decor instead. In the cabinets, group similar items together and remove the outdated or unused items. A clutter-free kitchen looks more appealing besides, helping you to do meal preparation with ease.  

  • Deep Clean Appliances  

In summer, people prefer lighter and fresher meals, thus ensuring that your appliances are in top-notch condition for the season ahead. Thoroughly clean your refrigerator, removing all shelves and drawers for washing and wiping down the interiors with a solution made of mild detergent and water. Clean the oven and stovetop to remove any built-up grease and grime. Make sure to clean the microwave and other appliances as well so they’re ready for regular use in summer. 

  • Freshen Up Pantry And Food Storage Areas  

Inspect your kitchen pantry and food storage areas to make sure everything is clean, organised, and ready for summer cooking. Discard any expired or stale food items and donate unopened non-perishable items that you’ll unlikely to use. Wipe shelves and storage containers with damp clothes to remove any dust or spills. Invest in airtight containers to keep pantry staples fresh and protected from summer pests. Organising your pantry not only makes meal planning easier but also helps to prevent food from going to waste.  

  • Clean And Inspect Kitchen Surfaces  

The kitchen surfaces deserve thorough cleaning to remove dirt, grease, molds, and mildew that may have accumulated over time. Wipe down the countertops, backsplashes, and walls and give special cleaning to handles and knobs. Clean and disinfect sinks using a vinegar solution to kill germs and remove stains. Repair any damaged or worn-out surfaces to maintain a clean and hygienic kitchen environment throughout the summer months.  

  • Focus On Ventilation  

Proper ventilation is important in the summer months to keep the kitchen cool and comfortable during cooking. Clean and inspect exhaust fans, range hoods, and vents to ensure they are working effectively. Consider adding additional ventilation options such as window fans to improve airflow, preventing heat buildup. Opening windows and doors during the cooler times of the day help circulate fresh air throughout the kitchen.  

  • Add Fresh Touches And Decor  

Help your kitchen with fresh touches and decor that readily welcomes the summer season with style. Add potted herbs or flowers to brighten up the countertops and windowsills, bringing a touch of nature. Use lightweight and breathable fabrics in bright, summery colour or patterns. Display seasonal vegetables and fruits in bowls and baskets for a vibrant and inviting look.