Even if you intend to clean the sink and drain, the kitchen will quickly become dirty. Isn’t there a lot of people who are worried that they can’t get rid of dirt and smells even after cleaning? Here are some easy ways to clean your kitchen, sink, and drains and get rid of odors.
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Causes of dirty kitchen
Well, it’s straight away, but why is the kitchen dirty?
Cause of staining ① Food residue
Are there food crumbs left in the kitchen, the lid, or the garbage receptacle of the mesh? Food residue can cause slime, mold, and clogging when mixed with water or food moisture. It is this water and moisture in the food that makes the odor of food that has not been removed too strong. In particular, dirt tends to accumulate on the mesh part.
Cause of dirt ② Waste of soap and detergent
Soaps and detergents don’t get dirty by themselves. Soaps and detergents can cause slime and mold when mixed with food residue and sebum components. Even the detergent used to clean the kitchen can end up becoming dirty depending on how the kitchen is cleaned afterwards.
Cause of dirt ③ Dirt of limescale
Tap water contains an ingredient called bleaching powder, and if you leave the water in the sink without wiping it, this ingredient will cause white limescale. Have you ever experienced white lumps forming when you leave your humidifier uncleaned? This is also caused by an ingredient called bleaching powder.
Causes of kitchen odors
It was the drain!
Even after cleaning the sink, lid or grate, do you still have the smell? In fact, most of the causes of the smell of the sink are “drainage”. If you remove the lid and the net garbage receptacle in the kitchen, you will find something like a cylindrical lid called a drainage trap bowl. If this is removed, a foul odor will be emitted due to dirt on the drain trap bowl and clogging and sliminess in the pipe called the drain trap (pipe) behind it.
Even if it is caused by a plumbing problem
No matter how much you clean it, there are times when you can’t get rid of the smell even with a proper lid. In that case, there may be a problem with the plumbing itself. The trouble is that the drain hose is damaged, or there is a gap in the connection part of the drain pipe. This is difficult to judge by yourself. If you still can’t get rid of the smell after practicing the cleaning method explained now, let’s consult a professional once.
How to clean the whole kitchen
use kitchen bleach
The first is to use kitchen bleach all over the sink. Spray type is recommended. It depends on how often you use the kitchen, but if possible, once a day, or at least 2-3 times a week, use a kitchen foam cleaner to quickly spray and wipe off. It has a disinfecting and deodorizing effect, and it also prevents water stains that turn white. We also recommend the kitchen disinfectant “Kabi Killer Kitchen Alcohol Disinfectant” because it is effective.
Also clean the lid and trash receptacle
When cleaning the entire sink, remove the lid, mesh tray, and drain trap bowl before cleaning together. If you do it at the timing of disposing of the triangular corner and the kitchen garbage in the garbage receptacle after you have finished cleaning the dishes after dinner, cleaning will progress at once. In addition to the dishwashing sponge, it is a good idea to use a stiff sponge that does not get damaged even when rubbed against the net.
Repels mold from the roots
Water mold grows quickly. Especially in summer, when the temperature and humidity are high, it is a favorable environment for mold, so it grows more. Even if you just wipe the surface of the mold and clean it, the roots of the mold still remain. In order to repel mold, it is important to thoroughly clean it using a detergent such as a chlorine-based mold remover.
Drain Cleaning Method ①Brush
First, remove the lid and clean the water from the sealing water that has accumulated under the garbage receptacle made of a net. You can also clean the water seal by removing the drain trap bowl and rubbing it with a sponge or brush. And when you remove the drain trap bowl, there is a pipe called a drain hose. Scrub with a brush as far as the pipe can reach. It’s a part that is flushed every day, but the dirt that sticks can be removed.
use a wire brush
Residues such as oil and curry stick strongly to the pipes and cannot be easily removed by simply flushing them with water. If you use a long, twisty brush with a wire running through it, like the one in the image above, you can remove the dirt that’s clogged up quite deep. This is very convenient because it easily tangles hair in the drain of the bathroom.
The universal cleaning tool is a toothbrush
The toothbrush you use to brush your teeth, but when it gets old, do you just throw it away? It would be a waste to just throw it away. A toothbrush is a great tool for cleaning. The brush part is small and the handle is thin, so you can clean every corner. Use a disposable toothbrush to scrub the front of the plumbing. For those who want to clean a little bit more at once with one toothbrush, using a toothbrush with three rubber bands will be more efficient.
Don’t buy useless cleaning tools
Consumables such as cleaning tools cost a lot of money as dust piles up. Just by using tools such as the worn-out toothbrush mentioned earlier, you can save money and save money. If you really need a cleaning tool, please buy it, but if you have something you can substitute, use it positively.
As for the method of using baking soda and vinegar, use a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts baking soda to remove stains. First, put 200cc of baking soda into the drain. Next, add 100cc of vinegar. Then the baking soda and vinegar will react and start to bubble with a hissing sound. Leave it as it is for about 30 minutes, and finally wash it off with hot water of about 40°C. In addition, if you lightly rinse with hot water before adding baking soda, it will be easier to remove slime and dirt.
Citric acid substitute for vinegar
You can also use citric acid instead of vinegar. Baking soda is weakly alkaline, so it neutralizes citric acid, which is acidic like vinegar, and removes stains. It is also sold at 100-yen shops, so if you are using it for the first time, it might be a good idea to try it out. In addition, it is effective to use grain vinegar instead of vinegar containing sweet ingredients such as rice vinegar or sushi vinegar.
Baking soda is safe
Baking soda is a powder that does not harm your body even if you put it in your mouth. It is actually used in baking powder, and has long been used as a stomach medicine. Therefore, it is recommended for people who do not want to use chemicals, who are sensitive to smells, and who have small children in their homes.
Drain Cleaning Method ③ Drain Pipe Detergent
Liquid drain cleaners are the most powerful tools for unclogging drains and pipes. It works better than baking soda and vinegar, and is quick, easy, and painless. However, if you use it with an acidic type product, it will produce toxic fumes, so be sure not to mix it. Also, the liquid has a strong odor, so be sure to ventilate it well.
How to use pipe unish
This is the method of Pipe Unish, which is famous for its plumbing detergent. This involves pouring the liquid directly into the drain, letting it sit for 15-30 minutes, then rinsing with water. The amount of liquid will change depending on when you want to remove slime or when you want to fix clogging. Also, if you leave it without running water for a long time, it will cause the trap to clog. When flushing with water, use a sufficient amount of water and flush. If the flow is not good even after doing it once, it is effective to do it several times.
How to make cleaning your kitchen easier
use disposable nets
This is a method of installing a disposable net in a net-type garbage container. This will prevent food debris from flowing down the drain to some extent, which will help prevent clogging. Some people may think that it is a waste to use a disposable net every day, and that it is troublesome to put it on. However, as a result, it is easier and easier to keep clean than cleaning a drain that has accumulated dirt.
change the net daily
Change the net every day. Using the net for two days and replacing it every day makes a huge difference in the sliminess. Now you can easily buy nets that fit different types of trash receptacles. Choose the type of net that fits your home. This tool is also sold at 100-yen shops and home centers. If you want to try it out, you should buy it at a 100-yen shop.
stop triangle corner
It was commonplace for kitchens to have triangular corners made of plastic. However, recently, more and more people do not use this triangular corner. The biggest reason is that it is “troublesome to maintain”. Triangular corners are one of the easiest places in the kitchen for mold to grow. If you don’t take care of it every day, it will quickly become slimy. In addition to the garbage disposal, there is one more housework to wash the triangular corner.
use disposable tools
If you want to make cleaning easier and you don’t like sliminess, you should stop using plastic triangular corners. Instead, use a disposable corner triangle or a box made from a leaflet insert to make cleaning a lot easier. And the space that was occupied by the triangular corner is freed up, so you can use the sink more widely.
Do not pour oil down the drain
Do you know how to properly dispose of oil? If you let the oil run down the drain, it will quickly harden and clog your pipes and traps. It also leads to environmental pollution. It is difficult to remove the oil once it is clogged. Be sure to dispose of it properly.
clean up diligently
The easiest way to clean it is to clean it frequently. This is because if cleaning is too troublesome and you do not do it, the dirt will accumulate more and more, making it difficult to remove the dirt that should be easily removed. If you do so, cleaning will take time to remove the stubborn dirt, and you will get sick of looking at the dirt, and you will fall into a vicious cycle that makes cleaning even worse. Dirt will not disappear even if you leave it alone, so if you are not good at cleaning, try to take care of it more frequently.
What do you think? Whether you cook or not, it’s a place you use every day, so you want to keep it clean. Even if you don’t know how to clean, you can use the kitchen comfortably every day by practicing the cleaning methods introduced today. Please try it once by all means in a comfortable way that suits you.