Your kitchen, and everything within it, takes a serious beating over time. Between spills, changes in temperature and just the overall presence of lots of food, your kitchen is way grosser than you think. With that in mind, it might be time to finally give your kitchen a deep cleaning. We asked the Food & Wine Test Kitchen team for the kitchen locations, surfaces and tools that all of us should clean more regularly and here are their thoughts.
Your dishwasher is one of the true MVPs of your kitchen. And, like everything else in your kitchen, you need to clean it. Conveniently, cleaning your dishwasher is simple and only takes four easy steps. After you’ve cleaned out the drain, run the dishwasher on a long cycle with hot water and with a dishwasher-safe bowl of vinegar, which will help sanitize and remove any unpleasant smells, placed in the top rack. Next, poor a small amount of baking soda, which will help with discoloration, into the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on a short cycle with hot water. Lastly, if your dishwasher has a mildew problem, poor a cup of bleach into the bottom of the dish washer and run one more full cycle.
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If you have an induction cook top, you probably keep it pretty clean (it's easy, just wipe). However, if you have gas grates or electric coils, there’s a good chance your stovetop is a bit sticky right now. The best way to remedy that is by mixing a bit of vinegar and baking soda together to use as a deep cleaning agent. While grease build up around coils and burners does happen, it's also important to remember to clean under the stove's lid as well if possible as food and debris always find a way to get under the top of your stove somehow.