Whether the groundhog’s right or wrong, spring’s just around the corner. After back-to-back winter holidays, your kitchen probably could use a deep clean. So, how do you clean the most used room in the house from top to bottom without becoming overwhelmed?
Store seasonal items in boxes. Wash and dry Thanksgiving and Christmas pots, pan, serving dishes, china, stem and flatware. Wrap items in plastic grocery bags and place them in boxes. Store the boxes in your basement, attic or storage closet. Putting seasonal items away will create more room for spring and summer kitchen activities.
Throw out empty food containers. Many of us have a bad habit of finishing cereal, peanut butter, jam, salt and mayonnaise and simply restoring, rather than throwing out, the containers. Go through your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. Throw out all the empty containers. Consolidate like items if you have two or more containers the same product. Herbal tea bags, for example, can be consolidated into one box.
Clean your kitchen appliances. Cleaning appliances can be a daunting job. Dedicate a day to clean the stove and another day to clean the refrigerator, so that you don’t get tired out. For best results, use cleaning products recommended by the appliance manufacturer. When it comes to cleaning the refrigerator, don’t be afraid to throw out food that no one in your family has touched in the past year.
Wash window treatments. Believe it or not, simply washing curtains and cleaning blinds can make a big difference in how clean your kitchen feels. As a general rule, only install window treatments that are easy to clean in your kitchen, such as machine washable curtains.
Wipe down the walls. Every kitchen wall, no matter how clean and tidy the kitchen, has food splashes. Use a absorbent cloth and warm soapy water to wipe down the walls to remove splashes. Pay close attention to wall space near the stove, refrigerator and sink. If you have children, wipe walls two to three feet up from the floor.
Mop the floor. Clean your kitchen floors with cleaners appropriate for the floor covering. Kitchen floors are generally covered with hardwood or tile. Use warm soap and water to clean tile kitchen floors thoroughly. Use Murphy’s Oil Soap to clean hardwood floors per manufacturer’s instructions. Vacuum hard-to-reach corners to get rid of crumbs and other dropped food.
If you are unable to accomplish spring cleaning yourself, use this article as a guide to make sure your housekeeper cleans your kitchen thoroughly.