Even the slightest hint of warmth in the air may lead to thoughts of spring cleaning and whipping the house into shape. Because the kitchen often gets hard daily use, with cooking and meals, it’s prudent to give it a deep clean from time to time to ensure it stays neat and tidy.
As you assess your kitchen to determine what cleaning tasks to put on your list, read over the check list provided by Rutgers University. With this information, you can get a good idea of how clean your kitchen truly is and what areas may need extra attention to bring them up to a food inspector’s standards.
Get ready to deep clean your kitchen for spring. Once you finish, the sparkling and pristine surfaces will help you usher in the warmer weather.
1.Get Behind the Appliances
Daily cooking in the kitchen can take its toll on appliances. While you can wipe down and clean appliances from the top and front, there may be untold messes lurking under and behind your appliances. If you can pull out or move an appliance in the kitchen, move it out of its spot and take a look at the messes left behind. Vacuum up crumbs and scrub away messes to leave the floors and walls behind appliances clean and spotless. While you’ve got the appliances pulled out, wipe them down on all sides to make them sparkle, too.
2.Scrub the Cabinets
Over time, grease and steam rising into the air in the kitchen can leave filmy grime on cabinets. Fill a bucket with soapy water and put some elbow grease into scrubbing down the cabinets. Use an old toothbrush to get into any nooks and crannies of the cabinet doors also.
3.Degrease the Oven and Microwave
Spray down the outside surfaces of the oven and microwave with a degreasing spray. After spraying, wipe down these surfaces to remove all traces of grease and grime. Inside the microwave, place a cup of water and heat it for two minutes. After heating, let the hot water to sit in the microwave without opening the door for about 10 minutes to allow the steam to create a moist environment inside the microwave. Open the microwave, remove the water and wipe down the interior surfaces with a cleaning cloth. Any food residues should wipe off easily. Run the self-clean feature of the oven, if applicable. If your oven isn’t self-cleaning, clean it manually with oven cleaner.
4.Make the Silver Sink Shine
A stainless steel sink can get grimy with use, covered with grease and water spots. Cut through the grease by sprinkling baking soda liberally over the entire surface. Work the baking soda in well with a damp cloth and then rinse it away. If you find water spots on the stainless steel, rub them away with white vinegar. If it’s shine you’re after, pour a drop of baby oil onto a paper towel and rub the towel evenly over the entire surface of the sink.
5.Dust on Top of the Fridge
Clear off the top of the refrigerator to get rid of grimy dust that accumulates on these surfaces. Spray surface cleaner thoroughly over the top of the refrigerator and wipe away the dust completely. You might consider limiting the number of items you store on the top of your refrigerator to make it easier to clean this surface.
6.Wipe Down the Counters
While you may keep main areas of countertops free of debris, crumbs and food tend to hide under countertop appliances and other items. Clear your countertops of every item and wipe them down completely to remove every trace of dust and debris. Once you finish wiping down the counters, choose carefully what you return to prime positions on the countertops. A less cluttered counter is easier to maintain and keep clean.
7.Clean Out the Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry
Your food storage areas in the kitchen need periodic attention to keep them spic and span. Empty the pantry completely and wipe down the shelves. Check every item before returning it to ensure it’s still fresh and then reorganize your pantry for easy access. Move on to the refrigerator and freezer next, working on each separately. Empty the freezer first, discarding old and freezer-burnt items. Wipe down the interior of the freezer completely and then return your items. Repeat the same process with the refrigerator, cleaning the interior thoroughly to remove spills and messes. Return the food items to the refrigerator. Wipe down the exterior surfaces of the freezer and refrigerator also.
8.Reorganize Your Pots and Pans
The pots and pans cupboard can become a jumbled mess if you’re not careful. Empty the cupboard and wipe out the interior to remove any debris and crumbs. Organize the pots and pans you have, placing each cooking vessel with the appropriate lid. Place the pieces you use the least in the far back of the cupboard and the pieces you use often in the front for easy access.
9.Clean the Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal sees the worst of your kitchen, so give it a good cleaning. Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda down the disposal and then follow it with 1 cup of white vinegar. Turn the disposal on for a few seconds with hot water running and then turn it off again. Finish freshening the disposal with the peels of a few oranges or lemons and the disposal should smell sweet and clean again.
10.Clean the Vents
The exhaust vents of your range hood can become heavily soiled from cooking grease. Unplug the fan and remove any filters from the vents. Clean the filter, if possible, following manufacturer instructions. Clean the fan by wiping down the fan housing and the blades. Replace the filter after it dries, to finish.
Although deep cleaning does take time and effort, the finished result in your kitchen will be worth every minute. The sparkling surfaces may make you feel like cooking! Drop by the Red Beacon website for more spring cleaning tips.