A Guide to Cleaning Your Kitchen
Cleaning your kitchen is one of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks around the house, but it’s also something that needs to be done regularly. If you want to make this process easier for yourself, here are a few different tips and tricks to help you out!
- Put away any clutter: Your kitchen countertops and floors should be free of anything that doesn’t belong there. If you leave clutter out, it can make your job a lot harder.
- Wipe off all cabinet fronts/shelves with cleaning spray and a rag to remove grease, dust, etc: Be sure to also clean under those shelves! Use an old toothbrush for small areas where dirt likes to accumulate, such as around outlets and light switches.
- Clean your countertops: Spray some glass cleaner onto counters, then use paper towels or old rags to wipe clean of all dirt/grease. You might also want to wipe them down with disinfecting wipes to remove any germs.
- Clean your floors: Sweep or vacuum flooring materials first before mopping to ensure any large particles are gone that could potentially scratch your floors underneath during cleaning. Then mop your floor to wipe up dirt and grime.
- Clean your walls: To spruce things up, you can also clean walls and doors with cleaning spray or a Magic Eraser. This is a good time to remove anything that may have splashed or scuffed your walls.
- Vacuum vents: If applicable, remove vent covers first, then vacuum them out to remove any dirt and debris that might be stuck inside.
- Clean the inside of your refrigerator: Take everything out of your refrigerator and give the interior a good cleaning. Make sure you check expiration dates before returning items to the frig and throw away any leftovers you don’t want.
- Clean your microwave: First, wipe down any built-up grease/grime on the outside surface using your favorite cleaner. For microwaves with turntables – don’t forget to clean them as well. Next, put hot water along with lemon juice or vinegar into a dish, then place it on top of the turntable while the microwave is running. This will create steam which will help loosen anything sticking on the interior. Lastly, wipe down the interior to remove any remaining residue.
- Clean the inside of your oven: Your oven could probably use some attention. If you have a self-cleaning oven, follow the instructions to get your oven back looking its best. If it’s not self-cleaning, check your oven manual to see what the manufacturer recommends for cleaning.
- Clean under the stove: You will be surprised by how many crumbs you will find under your stove. Luckily, most stoves can slide out, and you can sweep and mop to get rid of the dirt and debris.
- Clean inside your cabinets: Remove items from your cabinets, and then use a damp microfiber cloth to remove dirt and dust. You might think that because your cabinet doors are closed most of the time that this area would not be so dirty – but it’s not true. (And who wants to eat or drink from dusty plates or glasses?)
- Clean your garbage disposal: An easy way to clean your disposal is to take an ice cube tray and fill it up with vinegar, then freeze it. Once frozen – take each cube and run them around the disposal a few times until they melt down to nothing; this will help clean out any grime or residue that has accumulated.
- Take out the trash: Lots of foul smells come from trash that’s just been sitting inside your home for too long.
If you’re ready to tackle cleaning your kitchen, use this guide as a reference! Soon you’ll have a sparkling space that’s ready for you to prepare your next meal!