Cleaning your kitchen is the first step to creating a healthy and happy home, so let’s get to cleaning! The best piece of advice that I can give you to help with keeping your kitchen clean so that you don’t have to deep clean is to always clean up after every meal and do a wipe down of counter tops, a quick vacuum of the floors and leave no dirty dishes for overnight… with that said, it’s good to do a deep clean of your kitchen at least once a month.
When cleaning any room in your house, it’s helpful to start from the top and work your way down to save time, so in the kitchen you should start with dusting of any light fixtures and the top of your cabinets. While working on your cabinets, take a look and if they have fingerprints, use a wet terry cloth rag and wipe them away. If you have wood cabinets then a wipe down with your rag should do.
Next, we’ll work on your appliances, starting with the microwave. Using a microwaveable bowl, place an equal amount of water to white vinegar. Squeeze half a lemon as well and then microwave on high for 4 – 5 minutes. When this is complete, carefully remove the bowl and then take a damp sponge to remove any gunk. You should be able to clean the inside without using much elbow grease as the vinegar solution should have softened all the grime. With the inside nice and clean, you’ll want to clean the outside as well with a damp cloth and then dry to polish. If your microwave is stainless steel, make sure to wash and dry in the direction of the grain. (Don’t forget to clean your microwave plate).
With the microwave done, let’s move on to your refrigerator. Start by taking everything out, including shelves and storage bins. Do the same with your freezer. Unplug the unit and then move it a few inches forward so that you can vacuum any dust and dirt behind. Plug and push back in. Wash all your shelves and storage bins with some warm water and dish detergent, dry and place back inside. If you have an ice dispenser tray soak it in vinegar for a few minutes, then scrub the white mineral deposits off it, dry and then place back inside. Start placing your items back inside, making sure to get rid of anything that’s past the expiration date.
Next, let’s get to the counters. Create a sanitizing spray by mixing 1/4 – 1/2 cup vinegar per cup of water and placing in an empty spray bottle. To give it a nice smell, use some essential oil (which also can increase your solution’s antibacterial properties). Use your newly created spray on your counters and then wipe with a cotton cloth. Don’t forget to clean beneath and behind all items on the counters.
Let’s tackle your oven now… the process to clean depends on the type of oven you have. If it’s gas stovetop, take all the pieces off and put them into your sink, which you should fill with hot, soapy water. Use a wet SOS pad for the stovetop but be gentle to avoid scratching. get off the remaining buildup. You can use the SOS pad on buildup on the stovetop as well, but be careful! It can easily scratch. A regular electric stovetop can be treated the same way. With a glass top, DO NOT use an SOS pad; instead get a non-scratch pad to use for your glass top or use a cotton rag.
Almost done… we only have the floors left, woo hoo! Vacuum your floors – if you have one with a detachable wand, use the edger tool to get the corners of your kitchen and under cabinets and your refrigerator. With the floor vacuumed, you’ll want to mop. I like to use a steam mop as it’s good for getting rid of dirt and grime without the use of any harsh chemicals, but if you only have a regular mop, you can use hot water mixed with vinegar and some essential oil.
Enjoy your clean kitchen!