Updated: October 28, 2016
Cluttered cabinets, greasy stove tops, and dusty appliances make a less-than-ideal kitchen. Oh, you wash the dishes after meals. You sweep the floor daily and wipe the counters every night. But how often do you clean the rest of the kitchen?
In most homes, the kitchen is the dirtiest room in the house. It harbors more germs than your bathroom. So keeping it clean is important. In this post, I’ll share five simple ways to make your kitchen sparkle.
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Kitchen Spring Cleaning Tips
With spring around the corner, now is a good time to clean your kitchen. A clean kitchen will make you feel better about the rest of your home.
Last week, I gave our little kitchen a good scrub and the whole apartment feels cleaner. Mitch and I spend more time cooking at home and less time dining at restaurants. We eat healthier and save money, too.
Ready to give YOUR kitchen a good scrub? Grab your calendar or planner (here’s a good one) and block off an hour, afternoon, or entire day. Whatever it takes to get your kitchen in shape for a new season.
5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sparkle
Now that you’ve scheduled your kitchen spring cleaning, let’s get started. Round up the cleaning supplies and slip on the rubber gloves. You’re about to get a cleaner, shinier, healthier kitchen!
1. Clean Your Refrigerator
Your refrigerator is a good place to start your kitchen spring cleaning. Remove everything from the refrigerator (or ice box, as it’s known in the Smith home). Throw away anything that is questionable or expired.
Remove the shelves and crisper drawers, and wash them with soapy water. Wipe the inside of your fridge with soapy water or an antibacterial kitchen cleaner. Or go green with a homemade cleaning product.
Finally, wipe the outside of your refrigerator (the doors and sides). And don’t forget about that layer of dust on top of the fridge!
Optional: If your appliance dispenses water, the chance is good that it uses a water filter. If it’s been a while since you replaced the filter, change it now.
2. Clean Your Oven and Stove
Cleaning the oven is my least favorite kitchen spring cleaning chore. It’s a messy challenge! But I want a clean oven, so I make it a habit to clean the spills when they happen. This makes seasonal deep cleaning much easier.
Baking soda is a good natural oven cleaner. Sprinkle it over the interior surfaces of your oven, and let it sit overnight. Then wipe the oven clean in the morning.
Tough jobs need some extra elbow grease along with a pumice stone or scouring stick. A good kitchen degreaser can make the job easier, but some products are toxic. Always follow instructions, and keep your kitchen well-ventilated while you work.
Finally, don’t just clean the surface of your appliances. Clean the oven racks, drips pans, and other removable parts. And don’t forget the oven glass, stove knobs, and vent hoods. These parts also collect grease and grime.
Optional: Replace the drip pans under the stove burners. This will give your kitchen more sparkle and shine.
3. Clean Your Cabinets
The cabinets in our small, minimalist kitchen stay organized and clutter-free throughout the year. If you have a large kitchen, your cabinets may need a kitchen spring cleaning.
Remove everything from the cabinets, drawers, and pantry shelves. Sweep away the crumbs and cobwebs, then wipe the shelves and drawers with a damp cloth. Wipe the cabinet doors (inside and out) and hardware, too.
Optional:Line the shelves with non-slip shelf liners before you refill your cabinets.
4. Clean Your Sink and Dishwasher
Your kitchen sink is a workhorse. It sees a lot of action – cooking, cleaning, craft projects, and more. So keeping it clean should rate high on your household maintenance list.
Whether your sink is porcelain or steel, it’s susceptible to splotches and stains. An eraser-type sponge can remove most splotches, and lemon juice is also good for stains.
Sanitize your sink with an antibacterial cleaner, and wipe the faucet and handles, too. Or fill the sink with water and add a little bleach to disinfect the surfaces.
Make a habit of sprinkling baking soda on stains before they set in. Then, just wipe and rinse. Baking soda fights stains AND drain odors.
If you have a dishwasher, run the appliance on a clean cycle. Add a cup of white vinegar to clean the gunk, grease, soap scum, and smells that build up over time.
Optional: To make stainless steel sparkle and shine, use a powdered stainless steel cleanser. Buff it with a sponge, then apply a light mineral oil coating to help repel grime.
5. Clean Everything Else
Don’t forget about small kitchen appliances like your coffee maker and microwave oven. Clean and disinfect your trash cans and recycle bins, too.
Wash the light fixtures or wipe them with a damp cloth. Sweep the floor under and around your appliances, and follow up with a damp mop. This will put a finishing touch on your kitchen spring cleaning.
Over to You
Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. How do you make your kitchen sparkle? I’d love to hear your spring cleaning tips.
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