It’s Spring again and that means it’s time for spring cleaning! It’s the perfect time of year to bust out the cleaning supplies and clean out all the dust, dirt and grime that has built up over the winter months.
It is always a good idea to clean one room at a time, not only when Spring cleaning but whenever you’re cleaning your home. Concentrating on one area at a time allows you to focus and clean more efficiently. We have some tips on spring cleaning your kitchen in this blog!
Spring Cleaning Kitchen Checklist:
- Clean, dry and put away all dishes and utensils.
- Clear countertops and wipe them clean.
- Remove any clutter that does not belong in the kitchen.
Organize the Pantry:
- Remove EVERYTHING and place items on the countertop. (Don’t cheat and just move items around! It is important to remove all items for a deep clean.)
- Check expiration dates and toss anything that is old, stale, empty, or that you know you will not eat.
- Set aside all unopened items that you could donate to a food pantry.
- Wipe down all the shelves with warm soapy water.
- Before you put items back, place like items together and then put them back together.
- Create a separate area for like items.
- Put oldest items in the front to be used up first and newer in the back.
Organize and Clean Refrigerator and Freezer:
- Starting with the refrigerator, remove all items and place them on the table or counter. (Once again remove EVERYTHING.)
- Check labels and toss expired old, mold, empty, and unwanted items.
- Wipe down shelves, draws, and walls with warm soapy water or kitchen cleaner.
- If you are able to remove the draws and shelves, it is best to take them out and wash them in the sink.
- Put food back in the refrigerator and arrange like food together.
- Remove unneeded magnets and papers from the exterior, then clean and polish the outside.
- Repeat these steps for the freezer.
Clean Cabinets, Countertops, and Sink:
- Clear the countertops of any remaining clutter. Remove unnecessary items, a clear countertop with giving your kitchen a clean and organized appearance.
- Remove countertop appliances.
- Wipe down countertops with warm soapy water or kitchen cleaner, wipe clean and dry well.
- Wipe down the exterior of all cabinet. Be sure to get all handles and knobs since the are touched often.
- Remove chairs, rugs and anything else movable off the surface of the floors.
- Sweep the entire floor. You may even want to follow this with running your vacuum over the surface.
- Spot clean any sticky, dirty or stained area with a towel and warm soapy water.
- Mop the floor with your choice of floor cleaner.
- It is a good idea to have your tile or stone floors and countertops professional cleaned at least once a year to maintain their natural beauty and remove germs and bacteria that grow in the grout.
Clean All Other Appliance:
- Wipe down the microwave inside and out. Remove the plate and wash it.
- Clean the exterior and stovetop of your over. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the inside of your oven.
- Clean and polish the exterior of the dishwasher. To clean the inside place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack. Ru the dishwasher on the hot cycle. This will remove grime and musty odors.
Cleaning is easier when you break it down. Follow this checklist and get your kitchen ready for another year of living!
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