I wash the dishes each time I use them. Do you clean the cupboards that store them? If you didn’t do much, what kind of procedure do you use to clean it? There are many people who say that. For those people, this time I will explain about the efficient way to clean the cupboard!
Is it necessary to clean the cupboard in the first place?
I usually keep clean tableware and close it most of the time, but the cupboard gets dirty? Do you need cleaning? You may be wondering.
However, when the dishes are taken in and out, dust inevitably enters, so the cupboards that look beautiful are slowly becoming dirty over time.
Moreover, if the dirt is left as it is, ticks may be generated from the food. It’s ridiculous that tableware used for family meals may have ticks.
However, the cupboard gets dirty only when the dishes are taken in and out, so it is certainly hard to get dirty. Therefore, to keep a clean cupboard, you only need to clean it once a month. I think that it will take some time depending on the frequency, so be sure to clean the cupboard once a month.
How to clean a cupboard
Things to prepare
- Handheld vacuum cleaner or swatter
- Detergent (neutral detergent, alcohol disinfectant spray, sodium bicarbonate solution, etc.)
- 2 cloths (for wiping with water and wiping with dry cloth)
It is convenient to have a handy-type vacuum cleaner that fits the head inside the cupboard, but if you do not have one, prepare a swatter.
This is the place to put the tableware used for meals, so never use a detergent that may damage your health. We recommend neutral kitchen detergents and alcohol disinfectant sprays used to disinfect the table. Baking soda water (100 ml of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of baking soda) is also recommended as it has a deodorizing effect.
Prepare a clean cloth as well.
Cupboard cleaning procedure
① Wipe the outside of the cupboard
First, clean the exterior of the cupboard, which is often overlooked. The outside of the cupboard is often unexpectedly soiled by the stains on the dishes when it is taken out, and food debris, oil, and water drops scattered during cooking.
It is enough to moisten it with water and squeeze it tightly and wipe it with a cloth.
② Take out the tableware
First of all, all the dishes have to be taken out for cleaning. It is necessary to create a large space nearby to store all the dishes. Create a place by laying clean wrapping paper on the table or floor where you usually eat.
If there is not enough space to put out all the dishes, first take out the dishes at the top of the table and clean them.
③ Remove dust
Remove dust from the cupboard with a vacuum cleaner or a brush. If you use a swatter, make sure it is clean and new. If the dust itself is dirty, it may result in rubbing a lot of bacteria rather than being cleaned.
For drawer type cupboards, it is more efficient to take out the drawer, turn it upside down to remove dust, and vacuum it.
④ Wipe with water
Wipe the inside of the cupboard with a cloth that has been moistened with water and wrung tightly.
If it is very dirty, it’s time to use detergent. For neutral detergent, put a small amount in 1 liter of lukewarm water, dip it in a cloth and squeeze it. If you are using an alcohol disinfection spray or baking soda water, spray it on the dirt and wipe it with a cloth.
If you use any of these detergents, be sure to wipe them off with water and remove the detergent thoroughly.
⑤ Drying and drying
Immediately after wiping with water, wipe firmly with a dry cloth. After that, leave the cupboard open for a while and wait for it to dry completely.
If you close the cupboard by closing the dishes before it dries properly, the accumulated moisture may cause mold.
If you are worried about the smell, send deodorant goods
A cupboard that has been used for many years or in a humid environment may have an unpleasant odor that cannot be removed even after cleaning. Here are some recommended cupboard deodorant goods. Even if you don’t feel the odor right now, if you leave it in place, the odor will be less likely to occur in the future, so we recommend using it.
Of course, commercially available deodorants are effective, but the following deodorant effects can be expected.
Coffee grounds/tea leaves
Let it dry in the sun and let it dry, then put it in a wide-mouthed bottle and place it in the corner of the cupboard. It is also recommended that you make a slight scent of coffee or tea each time you open it.
It is excellent because it has the effect of deodorizing and dehumidifying. It works semi-permanently, but it’s a good idea to remove dust from time to time. If you feel that the effect has diminished, boil it in the sun to restore it.
As mentioned in the cleaning section, using sodium bicarbonate water for cleaning alone has a deodorizing effect. Baking soda can be used to clean various parts of the house, so it is recommended that you always have it.
For details on how to use baking soda, please refer to the following article.
Recommendations are lavender, thyme, cloves, peppermint and spearmint. Put the dried herbs in a small bottle, close the mouth with gauze and a rubber band, and leave it in the corner of the cupboard.
As it is a natural herb, it has no adverse effects on the body, and it not only has a deodorizing effect, but also smells nicely every time the cupboard is opened. In addition, since insects such as cockroaches dislike herbs, they can be expected to have an insect repellent effect.
I can’t clean the cupboard! At that time
You introduced the cleaning procedure of the cupboard and deodorant goods. How was it? Careful cleaning and deodorization should help you maintain a clean cupboard!
If you can’t get rid of the odor by cleaning the cupboard, or if you can’t remove the odor… Isn’t the other part of the kitchen dirty?