Here are a few
tips that will help you clean your kitchen...
advantages.... Deep Down Spring Cleaning is a great way to target harmful
bacteria that can lurk on
surfaces, in your
and believe it or not even in your kitchen cabinets. A clean and dry kitchen helps fight bacteria and protect you and your family from
food borne illness. Here are a few tips to get you started.
In order to
SPRING CLEAN your kitchen, you will need two
Sometimes I take a week...Split your cleaning
into areas that you feel you can do in one day and then do the rest
another or the next day.
: You need to do is to bring your kitchen to an general or
everyday state of clean before you begin your spring cleaning.
organized - making sure you have the right cleaners for each job and
the right tools for each job. Below are listed some of the things you
might need to get started.
: Get a few CARDBOARD
BOXES and label them
as you think necessary to make clean up easy. For example
- Put in the basement
- Garage Sale
- Give away
- Throw....a garbage bag will do for this.
Sturdy black plastic
garbage bags not only hold lots of broken and discarded items, they
also prevent you from second-guessing your own decisions to discard by retrieving items from
the trash. Out of sight is out of mind!
Get serious about clutter. Get rid of all the
unwanted and extra items. To successfully de-clutter the kitchen, harden
your heart before you begin....because you will have to start throwing
away all that you thought you needed.
Get Armed With the Right Tools of the Trade
A good all-purpose cleaner, lots of trash bags, paper towels, rags,
broom and mop, window cleaner, and anything else you can think of. Paper
towels are one of the best tools of the trade as the dust, dirt and
grime collected can be thrown away forever. Don't mess with rags as
you do not want to clean the dirty rags again. Look for sales for
Paper towels and buy them in bulk.
- Paper Towels
- Dishwashing Liquid
- Chorine Bleach
- Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- Vinyl Floor
- Trash Bags
Here is what to
tackle in the kitchen :
- Kitchen Sink
- Cabinet or Space Under the Sink
- Kitchen Cabinets
- The Junk Drawer
- Counter Tops
for repairs needed : Check the grout around your tile if you have tile.
If so, do you have caulking on hand ? Is your sink functioning
properly? Do you need a new sink nozzle? Should the faucet be replaced?
Will you need to replace any water filters?
- Clean your kitchen sink drain and disposal by
pouring a solution of 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach in 1 quart of water
down the drain. Food particles get trapped in the drain and disposal,
creating the perfect environment for bacterial growth.
- To keep your
drains unclogged from grease, pour a cup of salt water and a cup
of soda into the drain followed by a pan of boiling water. The
grease will usually dissolve immediately and open the drain.
- Clean the
rest of the kitchen sink with a bleach solution.
Cabinet or Space Under the Sink
Consider what you have under there. If you have a toddler, should you
really store cleaners there? Maybe you should get cabinet locks?
out and throw away old cleaners.
- Re-label stuff.
- This is a great time to
put new "Pull out drawers".
- Also line the bottom with new liners.
- Start at the top. Remove everything from the top refrigerator
shelf. Work your way from top to bottom
- Open everything, and when
it doubt, toss it out!
- Clean your refrigerator thoroughly to get rid of
spills, mold, mildew, and bacteria using a diluted chlorinated solution
and warm soapy water. Again paper towels work best, as the cleaned
up mess can be thrown away.
- Don't forget the gooey residue
puddles under the drawers!
- Manufacturers recommend against using chlorine bleach because it can
damage seals, gaskets and linings.
- Clean your refrigerator weekly to
kill germs that could contaminate foods.
- An open box
of baking soda will absorb odors for at least a month or two.
unnecessary spatters by covering pots and dishes with the covers
or paper towels when a looser cover is desired.
- Use a plate
or paper towel directly on oven floor.
- Wipe up
spills at once. Wash regularly with mild
detergent and water and rinse and wipe dry with paper towel or
clean cloth. Especially clean around edge of door and door
opening, to prevent soil buildup which would prevent door closing
- If spots
seem dried on, boil water in a glass cup with a teaspoon of lemon
juice for a few minutes; the steam should loosen soil. Leave in
oven 5 minutes. Then wipe dry. This will freshen the inside of the
microwave so that you don't have any lingering food smells.
- If odors
still remain, clean the interior with a solution of 1 tablespoon
baking soda to 1 cup warm water, wipe insides of the microwave
rinse and dry.
use abrasive pads or powders on oven.
- Start with your kitchen pantry or where you store your canned
goods. Take everything out and evaluate it. Is it past it's
expiration date? Throw it away!
- Something that you don't use or don't know where it came from?
Donate it. There are a lot of places that would welcome canned food
- When the cabinet is empty, wipe off all the shelves. Do you need
new shelf paper? If so, now is the time to do it. As you put things
back, try to organize them in whatever way makes the most sense to
- Storage boxes without lids need to be thrown away.
- Throw away the unwanted fast-food plastic cups.....which you
thought you might need. Keep a few good ones for when you have
little ones visiting.
- Put old pots and pans in your "donate" pile. Throw away
those that are just old and not worth saving.
The Junk Drawer
use of those card board boxes to separate the unwanted items.
- Dump out the
whole drawer on the floor.
- Clean with
cleaner and paper towels/rags.
- Line your
Junk Drawer with a compartmentalized insert to make it easier to
separate your items.
- Now's the
time to go through the contents. Throw out anything that is just
- Use a rubber band to hold your batteries together or put
them in a small basket.
- If you have a self- cleaning oven, set it to clean over night. If
it's not self-cleaning , spray oven cleaner.
- Change drip
pans with new ones if the old ones are too dirty to clean. Line them
with aluminum and change this every 2 weeks.
- Spray with
window cleaner as it helps get the grease spots out.
- Use a bleach
based cleaner like "Soft Scrub" to get out stubborn stains
and spots. Do not use scouring pads as they will leave marks on your
appliance. Instead of using commercial waxes, shine with
- You can wax
large appliances with car wax to make them shine and to remove small
- During regular
washing, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the dishwater. The
vinegar will cut the grease and leave your dishes sparkling.
- To clean your
dishwasher : Run your
dishwasher once on the hot cycle without any pots or dishes,
run through the entire cycle with only a cup of white vinegar to
remove all soap film.
- Always clean surfaces thoroughly with hot, soapy water. Sanitize your
kitchen countertops with diluted chlorine bleach or a disinfectant
- Use 1 teaspoon bleach to one quart of water. Be sure to
dry with clean paper towels after each cleaning.
- Clorox or
Lysol quick wipes are handy for swift counter and surface cleaning
- Prior to
scrubbing the floor, use a clean dust mop to sweep. Dust mops should
be vacuumed after two or three uses.
- Spray with
the floor cleaner that suits your floor type. OR Clean with
detergent and warm water solution. Rinse with a cloth or sponge
dampened in clean water. Using a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe
the surface dry prevents streaking.
- Window coverings such as
faux wood blinds or drapes that pick up dust and oils from cooking are an area of the kitchen that is often neglected.
So clean them regularly.
Disinfect dishcloths often. Launder dishcloths frequently, using the
hot water cycle of the washing machine. Then, be sure to dry them in the
dryer. Dishcloths, sponges, pot scrubbers and other moist cleaning items
harbor bacteria and promote bacterial growth. Also, consider using paper
towels to clean up kitchen surfaces. When done, throw away the towel.
And yes Happy creating thereafter!