A Homeowner’s Guide To A Clean And Odor-Free Kitchen

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Whenever you encounter a dirty house or room, the urge to clean and organize it will kick in. However, there’s always a routine for some people where they clean their houses on specific days of the week, like weekends, when they’re free. But, a good house should always be clean and organized to create a conducive living, and even working environment for those who work remotely. 

For a kitchen, hygiene is one of the primary concerns. This is mainly because food is stored and cooked in the kitchen, and, therefore, general hygiene is crucial. It also includes having an odor-free kitchen so that people can be comfortable using it. Unfortunately, some people will only keep the garbage disposal clean and leave it at that. While this can work with removing trash from the kitchen, other maintenance tips will keep it neat and odor-free

Here’s a guide to help any homeowner maintain kitchen hygiene: 

Declutter Your Kitchen

For you to maintain a clean kitchen, you have to keep it organized. However, you can’t achieve an organized kitchen if it’s congested and in chaos. The first step should be to declutter your kitchen by removing anything that’s not needed and keeping it somewhere else. For example, any grocery or foodstuff not being used can be stored in a fridge or a store. You can also avoid shopping for foodstuff you won’t use right away as it helps save space. 

By minimizing items in your kitchen, you create enough room for air to circulate and remove any odor. Also, enough light will get into the room, which will help dry surfaces and prevent the growth of molds and moss. There’s also enough room for you to move things around and ensure thorough cleaning. 

Ensure The Drainage Is Working 

One major cause of kitchen odors is wastewater that doesn’t drain properly or clogging in drainage pipes. When the sewer water and debris don’t flow properly, they’ll accumulate and even flow back to the kitchen sink. They then bring with them pungent smells, which can infections. This keeps your kitchen untidy and unhealthy to use. 

Therefore, you must ensure all your drainage pipes are in good condition. You can use video surveillance or drainage snakes to check for any breakage and clogging, then correct them immediately. If the drainage system is working correctly, then drain any wastewater as soon as possible. This will prevent flies and other insects from coming to your kitchen.

Clean Spills Immediately

When going around the regular activities in the kitchen, such as baking, there’ll be flour or oil spills on the kitchen table or floor. These spills are usually minute and can be easily assumed not to be a significant concern on the general cleanliness of the house. However, the spills can accumulate over time and cause stains on surfaces. 

So, when working in the kitchen, have a piece of cloth and detergent to clean spillage as soon as possible. This helps to reduce the workload of having to thoroughly do cleaning and also keeps your working table neat at all times.

Set A Day For Thorough Cleaning 

Because of the tight schedule that people always have, it’s possible not to clean the kitchen properly. Most people will concentrate on wet mopping the floor and emptying the trash can, which means other places are forgotten. Corners, kitchen cabinets, and walls may be abandoned for longer periods, causing breeding spaces for insects, dust accumulation, and stains. 

Having one day dedicated to cleaning can significantly help with your kitchen. You can either do it yourself or hire a cleaning agency to clean your home. If you’re doing it yourself, focus on those corners you might forget during regular cleaning and scrub the surfaces with disinfectants, detergents, or warm water. You can also move some items out to dry and improve air circulation. 

Have A Place For Everything

Instead of having items scattered and mixing with those they shouldn’t, like fruit in a soap dish, you should ensure that everything is organized where it should be. You can get pots, plastic cups, and plates where you can segment then store similar things together. 

This will help keep your kitchen neat and organized. When using the kitchen, you can easily spot what you want and pick it without causing chaos in your kitchen. It helps reduce the workload of cleaning and rearranging the kitchen. 


Your kitchen is as important as any room for cleaning, or even more critical, considering what it’s used for. Therefore, you need to ensure that you do it thoroughly and efficiently every time you clean your kitchen.

Keeping your kitchen organized, scrubbing surfaces, draining wastewater, and keeping the garbage disposal clean will help ensure your kitchen is clean. Moreover, these practices will eliminate odor, making your kitchen a healthy place to cook.