Homeowners don’t realise how dirty certain parts of the kitchen can get. Bacteria can grow like crazy on cleaning sponges, in corners, and even in your fridge. The culprits’ are a combination of food, moisture, and dirt. Your kitchen may look neat and clean but have you really looked closely at door handles, fridge doors, and the corners of the room?

Sometimes dirt and bacteria can go unnoticed. In this post, we’ve provided 5 areas you should tackle during your spring cleaning using your trusty Zoflora product. Keep reading to find out more about how you can stop the spread of bacteria and viruses in the kitchen.

1.      Inside and Outside of the Fridge

Do you wash your products before placing them in the fridge? Most people don’t realise that bacteria and germs are thriving on the surface of most store-bought packages. When you place these products in your fridge they can dirty the shelves. We recommend rinsing your items off before placing them in the fridge.

For this spring cleaning task, follow these steps:

  • Remove all items from your fridge, including shelves and removable trays.
  • Then fill a bucket with cold water and add two caps of your favourite Zoflora to the bucket.
  • Dip a clean cloth into the water, wring it out and wipe down the inside of your fridge.
  • Wash out removable trays in your sink
  • Using the same cloth, wipe the outside of your fridge, including the sides and on top of the appliance.

When you’re done you can pour the water down the drain and repack your fridge neatly. Ensure you keep your fridge organized so you have easy access to your favourite foods.

2.      Kitchen Cupboards and Shelves

How often do you clean the inside of your kitchen cupboards, shelves, and drawers? Cutlery draws are the dirtiest because sometimes you can accidentally spill food inside the draw while you’re cooking. Mould can grow which can spread harmful bacteria such as salmonella.

To spring clean your cupboards follow these steps:

  1. Remove all dinnerware and cutlery from the drawers and cupboards.
  2. Fill a 500ml Zoflora spray bottle with cold water and then add two caps of Zoflora concentrate to the container. Close it and shake the bottle well.
  3. Spray the inside of your cupboards and drawers with Zoflora.
  4. Use a clean cloth to wipe the base, sides, and tops of cupboards or drawers.
  5. Let the cupboards, drawers, and shelves dry.
  6. Rewash your dishes and allow them to dry before placing them back into your cupboards.

If you have movable cupboards, we recommend moving them so you can clean the floors underneath them. You should also wipe the outside of your cupboards and drawers, especially their handles because this is where germs spread.

3.      Kitchen Cloths, Mops, and Brooms

You may think that your clothes, mops, and brooms are clean but they’re most likely the dirtiest items in your kitchen. If you don’t replace them or disinfect them often they can spread harmful bacteria around the kitchen.

Disinfect your cleaning tools and ensure you replace cloths and sponges every two weeks. To disinfect cloths and sponges, fill a bucket with cold water, add two caps of Zoflora concentrate and then place your cloths and sponges in the liquid. Leave the cloths and sponges to soak for at least an hour. You can use the same method to disinfect your mop.

For your broom, you can rinse the bristle using your outdoor tap. Then you can either spray your broom with Zoflora or soak it in a bucket of water with two caps of Zoflora concentrate.

Once your cleaning tools have been disinfected, remove them from the water and leave them out to dry. You should clean and disinfect your tools after every use to prevent the spread of germs.

4.      Handles and Taps

Door handles and taps can spread viruses and bacteria because everyone in the house touches these surfaces daily. To disinfect your taps and handles, spray them with Zoflora, leave the liquid to sit for 5 minutes and then wipe them down with a clean cloth.

Ensure you clean around the faucet and in the nooks and crannies of the tap. You’ll notice some taps have black sludge trapped in small crevices. You must try to remove as much of it as possible because that’s where bacteria lives.

5.      Stovetops and Corners

If you have a black stovetop it can be difficult to see if there’s dirt trapped in corners and the crevice of the hotplates. You can either use a stove cleaner or use baking soda and white vinegar to remove sticky and stubborn stains.

You can also use Zoflora to clean your stovetops but ensure to rinse the area thoroughly and let it dry before switching the stove on. Zoflora is a flammable substance so it’s important to follow safety precautions when using it around the stove.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes when you do general cleaning around the house you don’t notice all the dirt that’s trapped in corners and underneath furniture. That’s why it’s always a good idea to spring clean! Use the tips in this post to keep your kitchen free from germs and bacteria!

And don’t forget, we have new Zoflora wipes coming this spring too! Keep a look out for them, because these wipes are going to make short work of your cleaning tasks.