“A good cook cleans as she goes!” My mother used to say this to me in the kitchen, and I always thought this so funny because she was SO messy when she was cooking, and I ended up walking behind her and cleaning after her! But it got me thinking as an adult, the more I keep things clean around me, the easier it is to cook and the happier I am at the end of cooking (not to mention that it is so much easier at the end of dinner when most of the kitchen is already clean). So now I parrot this sentiment to everyone who is cooking with ME in the kitchen (also I am hoping they will clean up after me as I did for my mother!).
Besides the obvious and necessary cleaning that goes with poultry, fish and meats, small things like wiping down the counters, washing the cutting boards, putting away all the unneeded items and cleaning used pots and pans before dinner are a HUGE help (I certainly don’t want to take all of that on with a full belly!). I also feel so much more organized while cooking that I actually think I have more patience to make the food taste better!
At the end of dinner, my husband always jumps up to help with the dishes– he is always so sweet and helpful in the kitchen! It always pains me to see him doing dishes, however– I feel like he works so hard and he’s so tired that he should get a break. I normally shoo him out of the kitchen so I can whip it back into shape and give him some relaxation time. As in life, the earlier work I did while I had more energy helps in a big way and I can sew up the loose ends a lot more easily!
Remember to always take extra caution with raw meats (particularly poultry), I always clean off cutting boards/knives/cleaver and sink with hot water and soap, then spray with Clorox Cleanup, then wash again with soap and water to get rid of the bleach.
They make such cute cleaning supplies these days, I think back when my mom was telling me to clean… we had a dishcloth (my mother hates sponges and banned them from the house because she doesn’t like how they harbor bacteria) and a trash bag. These days companies like Jessie Steele and Mrs.Meyer’s Clean Day make it easy to clean, and also look great while you’re doing so!
Here are my favorite luxury cleaning supplies…these are also great gift ideas as well for the “clean freak” in your life!
…and their luxurious dryer sheets will gently scent your clothes with these relaxing aromas.
If you really want to up your game in the laundry room, why not try The Good Home Store’s scented laundry fragrance? These will scent and soften your clothes, towels and sheets.