Cleaning And Organizing Under The Kitchen Sink
Day 12: Another Junk Collection Area
We are almost done this Pantry Challenge for Beginners. This might be one of the more dirty areas of your whole kitchen to clean up so far. It has been my experience over the years that like a junk drawer, this area also has issues.
This is typically the area where you might store household cleaners, tool box, dish rack, and sometimes even a garbage pail. It is no surprise then that there is dirt and grime. Maybe even flies, earwigs, silverfish, or ants in the summer. Perhaps even mice year round. So, this area does need to be addressed, and critter eviction notices enforced.
What Strength of Cleaners Will You Be Using Today?
You might need to actually beef up the strength of the cleanser you use today, depending on the thickness or types of grime that you discover. Mine is about the same as the other cupboards have been, probably because I don’t store my garbage underneath the kitchen sink. But if you do, then you will inevitably find spills and other sticky messes. If that is the case, don’t be afraid to aggressively attack the sticky goo and use a stronger cleaning solution if needed.
For myself, I’m just using the same dish soap in hot water with a wash cloth and tea towel to dry with. What will you be using?
Should You Pick Another Place To Store Some Of Those Cleaners?
As you clean out this cupboard, you should ask yourself how you can reduce the number of hazardous items you have stored there. Or, are you already using more natural cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda mixes? Tell me about it.
After all, we know how dangerous it is to keep these chemicals under the sink where your children could harm themselves. I don’t have young children in the home anymore, however, if I was to start having little ones around, there are a few things I would change too.
Such as removing the Drano and putting it elsewhere out of reach. I do find that I need to use it about once every year or two. That is basically due to how some of the piping elbows are. There are a few spots in our plumbing where there are several elbows, making it possible for items to drop to the bottom of an elbow. Then instead of flushing fully out, they get stuck and cause a clog. Thankfully it doesn’t happen often, but, it does occur from time to time.
Do You Keep A Tool Box In Your Kitchen?
For many years I never had a tool box in my kitchen. If I needed a hammer I just grabbed my Dr. Scholl’s wooden clog sandal. It had done me very well for over 15 years. And who needs a screwdriver? That is what a butter knife is for. Isn’t it?
Well, apparently not!
Barry, when we got married in 1999, quickly set me straight on this issue. At that time, he got me a small bin and filled it up with proper tools. I now have a wide assortment of screwdrivers, a hammer, measuring tape and more. All easily accessible. So now I can quickly do minor repairs myself. That is EMPOWERING.
If you haven’t had a tool box in your kitchen before, perhaps you should think of adding one.
Today, for me, it is 2 cupboards under the sink that needed cleaning. Now that this is done, I can say that I’ve completely washed all of my kitchen cupboards. This has been so empowering for me personally doing this challenge. How has it been for you?
We only have 2 more days to go as we wrap up this Pantry Challenge for Beginners. Tomorrow is the last surface area in your kitchen that we haven’t cleaned yet. Do you know what it is? Comment below or let me know at the Facebook group.
Another Meal Idea
Any pasta lovers in your home? Well, try this and give Pasta a more nutritious and fun twist. Make some using this native Canadian vegetable—Spaghetti Squash. So make some Spaghetti Squash and Ground Beef Pasta Sauce to enjoy. I heard you slurping your “noodles”. Enjoy!