Some of the most commonly overlooked, but important to remember, parts of the kitchen to be cleaned, per The Kitchn, include electric kettles, spice racks, and stovetops. WebMD also points out that any surfaces unwashed hands touch, like handles, are always picking up new germs. Last, but certainly not least, is the silverware drawer.
According to The Kitchn, the problem has little to do with how you wash utensils or prevent them from tarnishing. The issue is that silverware drawers are usually positioned right below your countertops, so crumbs are falling in there all the time. Nobody wants old refuse sullying your pristine storage — or worse, attracting pests.
The Kitchn suggests taking everything out, vacuuming it up, and wiping the drawer down with hot soap and water, then drying it all with a clean towel. Maids by Trade, a professional cleaning service, recommends going the extra mile by keeping things tidy with drawer organizers (just make sure to clean those, too). This can decrease clutter that allows crumbs to go unnoticed.
Cleaning can certainly be a chore, but don’t feel like you need to do everything all at once. Occasionally cleaning your silverware drawer can prevent gross buildup that takes a lot of effort to remove. Simply remember to clean out your silverware drawer every once in a while, and it’ll start to feel more like a mere habit than full-on spring cleaning.