I’m excited to officially begin a new series titled Spring Cleaning. Throughout this series we will tackle projects around the home and clean together. We will clean and organize areas that do not get a lot of attention throughout the year. I know that it technically still isn’t spring yet, but I wanted to get a head start with this series since we will be doing multiple projects. So stay tuned for great tips and tricks on how to make your spring cleaning a breeze.
The first area I wanted to clean and organize was the kitchen since I spend a lot of my time there. While I do keep the kitchen clean (I cannot stand cooking in a dirty kitchen) I haven’t deep cleaned it in a while. The kitchen is an area of the house that gets dirty very quickly since splatters, spills and crumbs are inevitable when working with food. Thus it is important to go give your kitchen a deep clean, at least once a year.
For this project you will need:
- Microfiber clothes
- Cleaning detergent
- Baking soda
- Paper towels
- Trash bag
- Old toothbrush
To start off, you will need to clear your kitchen counters to make some space. Put dirty dishes into the sink and wipe the countertops clean. Once you have a clean surface, chose a cabinet you would like to start with. Clear it out entirely and wipe any items that are dusty or dirty. Wipe the cabinet clean with a microfiber cloth and cleaning detergent and place all the items back inside. Continue until all the cabinets are completed.
Tipp: Start with the cabinets that are easiest to clean and organize so you don’t get discouraged right at the start. (For me the easiest one was the cabinet that contains our dishes and glasses.)
If you store food in your cabinets, I suggest doing those ones last, but that is entirely up to you. Be sure to check the expiration dates and throw away anything that has expired. I prefer to use containers inside my cabinets, it keeps certain items together, such as my baking supplies, and it contains the crumbs that I would otherwise have in my cabinets.
Your dishwasher, even if at a glance seems clean, contains a lot of dirt and grim, especially in the filter. In order to get those dishes sparkling clean it is important to clean the filter every once in a while. I won’t lie, this part is pretty gross. In order to easily and efficiently clean it, spray it with a cleaning detergent and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then take an old toothbrush and scrub away the dirt. Now that your filter is clean the worst part if behind you. Insert the filter back into your dishwasher and fill the dishwasher with 1 cup of vinegar. Let it run on a short cycle (mine was 30 minutes). Then take some q-tips and clean the nooks around door. Lastly wipe down the outside with a microfiber cloth and cleaning solution. Your glasses will come out sparkling!
The oven is another area that can be tedious to clean. Here is a shortcut: Sprinkle it with baking soda and then spray it with a vinegar and water solution (1:1). The two will react and eat away the dried in dirt. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe away with a sponge. This works really well and saves you time, see for yourself.
Tip: For bonus points also clean the trays inside your oven. The easiest way to do this is to place a large cloth into your bathtub, put the baking trays on it and then sprinkle it with baking soda and vinegar. Then fill your bathtub with warm water, enough to cover the baking trays. Let it sit for a couple of hours (the length will depend on how dirty the baking trays are, mine took 2 hours). Once they have soaked, scrub off the dirt with a sponge. Your baking trays will look like new.
Begin by taking out the trash and then filling the trash cans with warm soapy water and letting them sit for 5 minutes. Clean and dry them and put new trash bags inside. If you have a drawer above it like I do, also wipe it down and organize it.
Take out everything from your fridge and throw away any expired products. Wipe the shelves with a micro fiber cloth and cleaning detergent. Place everything back in an orderly fashion.
Nooks and crannies
In order to give your kitchen a sparkling and clean look, a good tip is to clean dirty nooks and crannies that make your appliances look grungy.. Place a piece of paper towel over a toothpick to remove dirt from areas that are hard to get to.
Sinks are a breeding ground for bacteria and should be deep cleaned regularly. Wash any dishes that are in the sink and spray your sink with a cleaning detergent. Then combine baking soda and dish soap to form a paste. Cover the drain with it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then scrub away any dirt or discolorations with a scrub brush and rinse with warm water. Your sink will look like new.
Descale your water cooker and coffee machine.
Lastly wash the kitchen floor and…. you are done! Now go reward yourself and enjoy a sparkling and super clean kitchen!