I don’t know about you, but my favorite place in a home is the kitchen. I love to eat and cook, but mostly to get the family reunited around while cocking, taking a good glass of wine, chatting and sharing stories. Overall, the feeling of love and home warmth of our families are placed right there. Kitchen cleaning can be tougher than one might think.
Deciding where to start I’d say is to go through the inventory. Start by removing all of the items from your pantry shelving. Throw away any old, expired food or empty boxes, and make a list to restock your essential everyday items. Then, group similar items together so that you can place them back on pantry shelves in an organized manner.
Shelves, food storage containers, bins, and baskets can accumulate dust and grime over time. So clean your pantry shelves and containers with warm water and dish soap before you place items back in the pantry.
Consider adding pull-out pantry shelves, canned food organizers, spice racks, or stackable airtight food containers to help organize your newly cleaned pantry. You can even try using a turntable to get rid of dead space and avoid storing food in front or behind other items that you can’t see.
Wipe Down the Microwave
Place a bowl of water in your microwave and heat it for three minutes to create steam that will soften those stubborn stains. Carefully remove the bowl and the turntable, then wipe down the inside of the microwave. Then, use dish soap and a cloth or sponge to scrub it clean and dry it with paper towels. Don’t forget to wipe the front and sides of the microwave as well! If there are any stubborn stains dish soap can’t remove, use a degreaser to clean them. Lastly, wash the microwave turntable with warm water and dish soap.
Get Rid of Food Smells
Does your microwave have a lingering smell after cleaning? Fill a shallow bowl with baking soda and leave it inside the microwave overnight. The baking soda can help absorb any smells.
Degrease the Stovetop
First, make sure you choose the right degreaser to clean your stovetop to help break through splatters or food spills, then disinfect after you finish degreasing. Don’t forget to clean the knobs, clock, display, and buttons, which can also collect grease over time.
Clean the Hood Fan & Light
Remove the hood fan filter and either replace it with a new filter or soak it in warm, soapy water. After it soaks, scrub it clean. You may need to use a degreaser if the dish soap isn’t strong enough. Wipe down the front, sides, and hood light with a degreaser and finish with a disinfectant. If the vent hood light needs to be replaced, check with the manufacturer for instructions.
Sweep Behind & Underneath
If you can, pull your oven out from the wall so you can clean around it. Sweep up any crumbs and mop the floor where the oven was. If you can’t move the oven, use a small handheld broom or vacuum to clean around and under the appliance.
Clean the Outside of Cabinets
Remove any grease stains grime or food spills from the front of your cabinets and drawers. Be extra attentive to cabinets and drawers that are close to the stove, and use a solution of water and vinegar to help cut through grease. Simply mist your mixture onto the cabinets with a spray bottle, and let the solution sit before you wipe it off with a cloth. Don’t forget to wipe down and polish cabinet and drawer pulls, hardware, and hinges, which can accumulate dirt, dust, and grease over time.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Cleaning your garbage disposal is key for preventing odors that tend to build up over time. Pour ice, vinegar, and baking soda down the drain, run cold water, and run the disposal until the ice is ground down. Afterward, you can grind citrus rinds in the disposal for a fresh smell. If you think you need to sharpen the garbage disposal blades, simply drop eggshells down the drain and run the disposal.
Prep Floors for Deep Cleaning
Sweep, vacuum, or dry mop with a microfiber mop to pick up dirt, crumbs, dust and pet hair. You’ll want a dry floor that’s clear of any debris before you start on the deep cleaning process.
Clean the Baseboards
Scrub your baseboards with a sponge or cloth to get rid of dirt and shoe marks. For more stubborn stains, use a mixture of warm water, vinegar, and dish soap. You could also use a melamine foam sponge to remove scratches or stains if you’re worried about damaging paint or wood finishes on your baseboards.
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