The ultimate six-step guide to detoxing your kitchen for 2021

A clean kitchen means a clean mind, and the New Year provides a perfect opportunity to detox and reset. 

Lifestyle publication Bed Threads suggests there are six things you should do before 2021 begins, including cleaning out your fridge and switching to natural detergents. 

FEMAIL shares the top six things to do to get your space ready for the New Year. 

Since the kitchen is a hotspot area in the home, it's best to do a complete detox in the most efficient way

Since the kitchen is a hotspot area in the home, it’s best to do a complete detox in the most efficient way

1. Switch to natural cleaning products

Before undergoing the kitchen detox, it’s suggested that you switch to using natural cleaning products rather than harsh products made from chemicals.

Using safe, natural products will ensure you don’t harm the kitchen in any way while also killing germs.

For instance, the kitchen sink can be cleaned by scooping a few tablespoons of bicarb soda over the surface, pouring a generous amount of vinegar over the top and deodorising with half a lemon.

Supermarkets also sell products from Australian brands using natural ingredients.

Using safe, natural products, such as lemon and vinegar, will ensure you don't harm the kitchen in any way while also killing germs

Using safe, natural products, such as lemon and vinegar, will ensure you don’t harm the kitchen in any way while also killing germs

TEN WAYS TO USE LEMON IN THE KITCHEN 

1. Clean the microwave

2. Clean wooden cutting boards

3. Remove stains from butcher block countertops

4. Make an all-purpose kitchen cleaner

5. Polish copper

6. Freshen the garbage disposal

7. Scrub stubborn stuck-on food off dishes

8. Clean and deodorise smelly plastic containers.

9. Polish spotty knives

10. Clean the blender

Source: thekitchn.com

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2. Clean the fridge

Once the cleaning products have been switched, start by cleaning the fridge – both inside and out.

There will likely be old food stuck at the back, unnoticed spilled sauces and old jars lurking inside the appliance, the experts at Bed Threads advised. 

While the process of removing the contents from inside the fridge is tedious, it’s a worthwhile chore to complete.

3. Replace plastic with glass

While cleaning out the kitchen, it’s best to also replace plastic containers with glass alternatives.

Although glass is more expensive and heavier to carry, it’s a healthier option as polycarbonate plastic is known to contain chemicals.

Plastic wrap can also be substituted for silicone wrap to cover leftover food.

Although glass is more expensive and heavier to carry, it’s a healthier option as polycarbonate plastic is known to contain chemicals

Although glass is more expensive and heavier to carry, it’s a healthier option as polycarbonate plastic is known to contain chemicals

4. Scrub the oven

The oven often becomes the most neglected part of the kitchen as it’s an annoying, time consuming chore to do.

But if left un-turned the oven can become ridden with built-up food stains and grease that worsen over time. 

Use both cleaning products and sponges to rid the rough stains on the oven door.  

In addition to the oven, also ensure the stovetop burners receive a good clean too.  

5. Build up on the essentials

Once the fridge and oven are clean and the plastic has been replaced with glass containers, fresh essential produce can be bought.

Think green and buy vegetables and fruits along with lean protein, nuts and grains – but ensure all the food is washed and drained before putting away in the fridge.

Certain herbs can also be kept in small glass jars filled with water to last longer.

6. Raid the pantry

Similarly to the fridge, the pantry can also quickly gather a raft of packaged foods that are usually forgotten about.  

Opt to store dried food, such as pasta and rice, in glass jars rather than the brand’s packaging to keep it fresh for longer.

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