6 Tips for Cleaning Your Kitchen
As the heart of the home, kitchens see a lot of foot traffic and tend to become a dumping ground for plethora of items after a long day. Mixed with cooking and eating, junk piles up and surfaces become dirty very quickly. Starting with a little deep cleaning, it’ll be easier to keep your kitchen clean & clutter free, even on the busiest of days. When cleaning, always remember to start at the top and work your way down as dust and debris tend to fall!
Sort Through Everything
Sorting through and organizing all of the items in the kitchen, whether they belong there or not, is a great place to start when deep cleaning your kitchen. This is also a great place to start if you’re looking to create more space in cabinets and drawers. As you go through each item, ask yourself when the last time you used it was – if you can’t remember, get rid of it (unless it’s a seasonal item). Keep any items you use on a consistent basis in a convenient spot to make cooking easier.
Wipe Down All Surfaces
Starting at the top of your cabinets, wipe down every surface in your kitchen – cabinet fronts, drawers, appliances, counters, and even the backsplash. Use a long-handled duster to dust the areas you can’t reach as easily and don’t forget to wipe down any cabinet pulls and the handles on appliances.
Clean the Microwave
Food splatters and grime builds up over time in a microwave and when you add in the heating factor, it becomes difficult to clean. Start by placing a microwave-safe bowl filled with one cup of water and several tablespoons of vinegar into your microwave. Turn your microwave on for two to five minutes, or until the window of your microwave is steamy. This will soften up the grime, eliminating any scrubbing.
Empty the Refridgerator
The perfect time to clear out and clean your refridgerator is when you’re deep cleaning your kitchen. Take everything out of the fridge, wipe down all of the surfaces, and throw away all of the items you no longer use or are expired. Place the items you are going to keep back in the refridgerator and organize them however you wish, and bam! You’ll have a clean, organized fridge before you know it.
Empty & Clean the Trash
After emptying the trash, clean out your trash to prevent mold and remove any smells. Depending on the size of your trash can, you can either wipe it down with a wet rag, wash it in the bathroom (shower/bathtub) or use a hose and soap outside. Once cleaned and dried, replace the trash bag for a clean, fresh start!
Sweep & Mop the Floor
Once you have finished cleaning all of the surfaces in your kitchen, pull out all of your appliances and sweep behind them to dispose of any crumbs and debris before sweeping and moping the floor. This will complete the cleaning process.