Updated on October 18, 2017
Cluttered cabinets, greasy stove tops, and dusty appliances make for 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 your 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.
Kitchen Spring Cleaning Tips
With the first day of spring just around the corner, now is a good time to deep clean your kitchen. A clean kitchen will make you feel better about all of your home.
Last week, I gave our tiny kitchen a good scrub and the whole apartment feels cleaner. (Update: We now own a house in the country, with more kitchen to clean!)
As a result, we spend more time cooking at home now … and less time dining in restaurants. So we eat healthier and save money, too.
Ready to give YOUR kitchen a good scrub? Grab your calendar or daily 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. Then check out the tips below.
5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sparkle
Now that kitchen cleaning is on the calendar, let’s get started. Round up your 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 we say 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 the layer of dust on top of the fridge!
2. Clean Your Stove and Oven
Oven cleaning is my least favorite kitchen chore. It’s a messy challenge, to say the least! 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.
But be mindful of the products you use. Some of them are toxic, and others can damage your appliances. Always follow directions, and keep the room well-ventilated while you work.
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.
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.
And Now, Over to You
Thank you for reading this post. Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. When do you start your spring cleaning? How do you make your kitchen sparkle?
I would love to hear your favorite spring cleaning tips. Let’s fill the comments with friendly conversation. Scroll down to leave a reply, ask a question, or just say hello.
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