Keep the Kitchen Clean Longer
The only thing better than finishing kitchen-cleanup duty? Not having to do it again for a while. These techniques will make
your efforts last longer.
By Kathleen Squires
Tim Evan Cook
- Set jars of liquid or jelly on coasters, or line shelves with nonadhesive cork liner. When drips occur, just replace the coasters
or the lining.
- To repel stains on countertops, twice a year apply grout sealer (available at hardware stores) to tile, and stone sealer (also
at hardware stores) to stone countertops. Follow the package instructions.
- Instead of using wood cutting boards, switch to plastic. Since wood shouldn’t be sanitized in the dishwasher (wood can warp
when wet), it can harbor bacteria, which gets on knives and can invade your food-prep area. Pop plastic boards into the dishwasher
after every use to kill germs.
- To make cleanup faster when you cook, cover countertops with sheets of wax paper, parchment paper, or butcher paper before
preparing food. Juices from meats, chicken, and fish never hit the counters, so there’s no need to disinfect. When finished,
crumple up the paper and toss.