Restaurant Cleaning Hack: Using a Certain Vegetable

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It’s reasonable to say that restaurants are among the public spaces that are cleaned the most frequently around because of the tight industry requirements and regulations. In addition to complying with labor, health, and safety standards, keeping everything spotless is essential for delivering outstanding customer service.


It’s crucial to stop cross-contamination and the spread of viruses by cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, especially in the food service industry such as restaurants. Therefore, restaurant owners often entrust restaurant cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting to professional cleaning providers since they are professionally trained to properly clean, sanitize, and disinfect any space. However, relying on professional cleaners often is not efficient. Some things can be done by you or your crew instead of calling a professional cleaner such as daily mopping, cleaning up spills, or wiping tables and countertops. The best decision would be to learn how to properly do cleaning tasks that you know you can accomplish. 


This might be your first time trying to learn the proper ways how to keep your restaurant clean and it can be really difficult for first-timers. That’s why we’ve created this restaurant cleaning hack using a certain vegetable to lessen your burden.


The Ultimate Vegetable for Your Cleaning Problems

If you take a look at your restaurant’s pantry you’ll see a ton of vegetables needed for your dishes. However, have you ever thought of using these vegetables as a substitute for your cleaning equipment? You might think this is crazy but a certain vegetable can pass as cleaning equipment and we don’t plan on keeping this information to ourselves. Below is the ultimate vegetable that you can use to clean certain areas in your restaurant.

onions and garlic


A restaurant that doesn’t use onions won’t last long in operation. This is a fundamental ingredient that is utilized in almost all recipes whether you like it or not. This will always be on the list of ingredients that must be used, depending on the sort of foods being prepared. Aside from being one of the most commonly used vegetables in a restaurant, onions also have a ton of uses when it comes to cleaning.


They can break down oils, grime, and other similar residues. 

This is possible because onions are naturally acidic and they are watery. If you are constantly worrying about keeping your grills, appliances, or cookware grease-free then onions are the answer to your problem. For grills, you just have to heat it first before scrubbing a sliced onion into the grates. You can either wipe it with a clean towel afterward or just let it be to give your dishes an extra oniony flavor. For pots and pans, use a sliced onion to wipe the insides before letting it soak in warm water with the used onion. After some waiting, you can do your usual dishwashing routine with dish soap and a sponge. You can also do this with your spatulas, ladles, and other kitchen instruments.


Removes mild rust from knives and metallic objects.

Seeing your beloved knives with rust is really heart wrecking but you don’t have to worry because you have your onions to the rescue. Just stab your knife into a large raw onion and let it stay there for a few minutes. Once you pull it out the rust that has been bothering you would be gone. This is possible because onion has sulfenic acid that breaks down rust causing it to flake away. The next step would be to apply some oil on the knife and wipe it with a clean cloth after.


It keeps the insects away.

The aroma and excretion produced by onions prevent insect attacks, making them one of the most insect-repellent plants out there. If you partner this with garlic then you don’t have to think about insects invading your kitchen or restaurant ever again. Simply make a puree out of 2-3 cloves of garlic, 3-4 onions, 2 tbsp of cayenne powder, and a liter of water. Mix 2-3 tbsp of this puree with 7 liters of water. Transfer to a spray bottle and use it to drive insects away.


Get rid of unpleasant odors.

A restaurant kitchen is always a combination of delicious smells which makes you hungry within a few sniffs. However, these delicious smells will eventually turn into unpleasant odors if you just let them hang around. Most restaurants would air their kitchen to let that unpleasant smell out but there would still be some lingering smell after. Let your onions save the day! You might think ‘How can onions that aren’t pleasant smelling themselves help with the problem?’. Well, onions will absorb that unpleasant odor while losing their own smell. Place sliced onions in a bowl of warm water and let it sit overnight. Just don’t forget to close your doors and windows and viola! You have a fresh-smelling kitchen ready to be used once more.

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Of course, a single vegetable like an onion won’t clean your entire restaurant. That’s why you still need to have some essential restaurant cleaning equipment ready to help you with other cleaning tasks. You don’t have to worry because all the equipment you’ll need is easy to find. You might even have them already sitting around the restaurant. 

  • Surface and glass spray cleaners
  • Sanitizer solution or bleach
  • Clean cloths (preferably microfiber)
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Mop and Bucket of hot soapy water
  • Vacuum for carpeted areas and hard-to-reach nukes
  • Bathroom cleaner and toilet brush
  • Paper supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins


Clearly, an onion can not only spice up any dish by providing layers of texture, flavors, and taste but they are also useful when it comes to cleaning. The hacks above are not limited to restaurant cleaning, since some of these vegetable cleaning uses can also be considered office cleaning tips that you can freely apply to your office. 


As mentioned earlier, onions can’t help you clean your entire restaurant. You still have to do some cleaning using regular cleaning chemicals and equipment. However, this does not mean that you would be able to effectively clean your entire restaurant. Even your in-house restaurant cleaners might not be enough because there are areas that require professional help. 


If you’re looking to have a consultation or professional opinion don’t hesitate to connect with us. Burgos Cleaning is a team of cleaning service professionals that ensure all important parts of your office are in top condition and create a comfortable working environment. We offer our services in Middlesex, New Haven, and New London County, Connecticut, and provide numerous office cleaning services on the commercial level from small businesses to big buildings and complexes. Contact us now to avail the best commercial cleaning services in town!