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Guide to Spring Cleaning, Part 3: Kitchen

April 11, 2014


This month, we’re going to be walking you through the best way to clean and organize each of those problem areas in your home. The 7-part series will include:

  1. Closets,
  2. Garage,
  3. Kitchen,
  4. Windows,
  5. Surfaces,
  6. Bathrooms, and
  7. Appliances.

Click here to read the post on closets, here to learn about cleaning out the garage, or keep reading to learn how to knock the kitchen off your spring cleaning list!

Part 3: Kitchen!

The kitchen is the busiest room in my home which is why keeping it clean is important.  Every spring, I gather up my homemade cleaning solutions, my microfiber cloths and mop and give my kitchen a good deep cleaning.  Here is my step by step guide to making my kitchen sparkle:

  • Begin by de-cluttering.  Remove clutter off countertops.  Throw away all junk mail and recycle old newspapers.  Sort through the mail and file all bills and important school papers.
  • Grab your microfiber mop and a spray bottle filled with a mixture of liquid dish soap and hot water.  Wipe down ceilings and then walls.  Wipe cobwebs out of corners.  Spritz old food spots on walls and wipe with a microfiber cloth.  Wipe down baseboards.
  • Gently clean the light fixtures with liquid dish soap, warm water and a damp microfiber cloth.  Clean hard to reach corners with a dry paint brush.  Dust off light bulbs and replace old bulbs.
  • Clean tops of cabinets.  To cut through tough grease and grime on tops of cabinets near the stove, make a paste of baking soda, white toothpaste and tea tree oil.  Rub onto tough stains.  Wipe off with a damp microfiber cloth.
  • Wipe down wall décor with liquid soap and water.  To clean glass and mirrors, spray on a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe with a microfiber cloth.  Clean windows with vinegar and water solution.
  • Clean inside of cabinets.  Take everything out of cabinet.  Wipe down shelves with liquid dish soap, warm water and a microfiber cloth.  Put items back in cabinet neatly.  Do the same for drawers and pantry.  Don’t forget to throw away all expired items.
  • Wipe down counters and all appliances; we’ll learn how to clean surfaces and appliances next week!
  • Clean sink and drain with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.  Scrub, rinse and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.  Wipe down faucet and handles with a damp microfiber cloth.
  • Clean garbage disposal by throwing vinegar cubes down the disposal and turning it on.  To remove odors, throw lemon or orange peels in disposal.  Clean trash cans with soap, water and vinegar.  To remove odors, sprinkle baking soda in bottom of trash bags or place lemon or orange peels in bottom of bag.
  • Vacuum kitchen floor with a HEPA vacuum cleaner.  Nozzle vacuum all baseboards and corners.  Mop floor using a microfiber mop, soap and water. If possible, pull out refrigerator and freezer and vacuum behind it.

And that’s it! That wasn’t so hard, was it? Next week we’ll tackle those appliances and surfaces, but you should notice a visible difference in your kitchen now.

Send us pictures of your sparkling clean kitchen, and check back Monday for Part 4: Windows!


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