11 Things That Make Any Kitchen Look Messy and Inhospitable
Researchers from the University of North Carolina found out that almost 70% of women prefer to cook at home. On average, they spend 71 minutes in the kitchen a day. The kitchen is still one of the most important places in the house, therefore, everything should be cozy, safe, and clean here. However, even the kitchen of a first-class host can contain time and effort consuming things that make the cleaning process even worse.
Bright Side found the most irritating, useless, and harmful things that smart hosts never allow in their kitchens.
1. Universal chopping boards
It’s better to use separate chopping boards for meat, vegetables, and fish. But it’s worth remembering that plastic boards are considered to be more harmful in terms of the growth of pathogenic bacteria than wooden ones are. Scratches and striations on plastic boards get deeper with time and become harder to properly clean.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially recommends using at least 2 chopping boards at home. One for meat/fish/poultry, and the other for ready-to-eat products.
2. Furniture without a baseboard or socle
Dust, pet dander and more will pile up under kitchen cabinets, especially if there’s a little gap between the cabinets and the floor. You’ll have to be very skillful to thoroughly clean up the mess from hard-to-reach places like these.
- To make the cleaning process easier, you can have special baseboards or socles made for your kitchen. Make sure they fit snugly to the floor.
3. Textured flooring
Every scratch and bump on the floor is a real magnet for dirt and dust. The mix of dust and tiny drops of fat and oil will get stuck in the parquet planks and fill in the hollow spots of textured linoleum.
- The lower the level of roughness is on the floor, the more comfortable and easy cleaning them will become.
4. Multiple-use towels
Researchers cultivated the bacteria from 100 kitchen towels after 1 month of use. Almost half of them contained the types of bacteria that can make us sick. Additionally, towels that were used for different tasks like wiping the dishes and hands, or cleaning kitchen surfaces contained much more bacteria than those used for only one purpose.
- That’s why a good host has at least 2 kitchen towels and regularly washes them. Another even more hygienic option is to use paper towels; you use them just once and bacteria and microbes have no chance of breeding on them.
5. A set of knives
Firstly, this bulky object will take up a lot of space on a clean working surface and therefore, will get dirty and require extra care and cleaning. Secondly, such sets usually contain a crazy number of knives that some people don’t even use for years.
- Forget about the sets of 17 multi-purpose knives. 3 high-quality knives are surely enough for a regular kitchen.
6. An open ventilation pipe
A corrugated pipe is easy to install but it’s not as easy to clean since over time, dust piles up in the pipe’s little wrinkles. It is very difficult to clean it because it’s located high up by the ceiling and gets wrinkled when you rub it with extra effort.
- A great option to minimize this problem is installing a plastic ventilation duct system since it’s easy to keep clean. It’s enough to simply wipe it with a damp cloth from time to time. Another way to protect yourself from this inconvenient dust-collector is to buy a kitchen set that can reach the ceiling and hide all the piping inside the kitchen cabinets.
7. Plastic containers
Plastic grain storage containers are a practical purchase, but a pile of unused plastic containers is just dead weight that takes up a lot of usable kitchen space. Non-reusable plastic containers for food products aren’t suitable for storage and can’t be reused so they should be disposed of.
- Reusable containers should be replaced with new ones if they lose color, get cracked or are deeply scratched.
8. Useless devices
A toaster that burns bread or a blender that shoots its contents all over the kitchen are both probably sitting in your kitchen cabinet. We know it’s hard, but it’s better to just get rid of these broken devices that will no longer be used.
- Give away or sell the devices that you no longer need or will never use. It will save you a lot of time because you won’t need to clean off the dust from them and will have a lot of free space for other necessary gadgets and devices.
9. A kitchen island with a stove workplace
Even if the size of your kitchen allows you to place a big island with a stove workplace in it, it’s better to give up this idea. If anything goes wrong on the hot stove, you’ll probably have to clean almost the entire kitchen. If a stove is placed next to a kitchen wall, all you’ll have to do is wipe the backsplash and the floor.
- It’s better to equip your kitchen island with a sink and extra counter space.
10. Domestic appliances on a windowsill
The harmful condensate might appear inside the device due to the change in temperature. There’s a risk such devices will break if this happens. A microwave oven is very vulnerable to such changes: condensate will eliminate its enamel and rust will appear in just 1 year.
- A separate shelf on the wall is a great place for a microwave oven. The free space by the window can be used as a separate working space.
11. A kettle full of limescale
Nothing would happen to a person who accidentally swallowed a piece of a limescale. However, if you regularly drink tea from a kettle full of limescale, it will penetrate to your vessels, blood, kidneys and other organs right from your stomach. The excess salt will pile up in the joints, clog the vessels, and can even lead to the growth of kidney stones. Besides, limescale has a low heat-conducting value which means your kettle will heat up slower. In the worst case scenario, it will lead to the device breaking or malfunctioning.
- Remove limescale with the help of vinegar, citric acid or baking soda.
Surely there are things that you won’t stand to have in your kitchen. Did we mention a couple of them in this article? Share your kitchen rules with us in the comments.