Goodbye, Grime! Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen

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When people think of spring cleaning, they usually think of washing windows or walls, but has the kitchen made it onto your list of rooms to deep clean this spring? After all, the room with the most traffic deserves some extra attention when it comes to spring cleaning. Here are some tips to help you clean all the nooks and crannies of your kitchen to restore it to it’s sparkling state.

Start by making a list of all the things that need attention in your kitchen – then prioritize them. Once you have them in order, try to estimate how much time each chore will take. Then you can schedule your time accordingly.

Remember to clean from the top down. Don’t forget about places you can’t see, like the tops of the cabinets or the light fixtures.

Make a plan to empty the cabinets systematically. Put all their contents in the dishwasher and give them a good cleaning. This would be a great time to purge your kitchen of the glasses and dishes you aren’t using.

Set aside some time to clean and, if need be, defrost the freezer. Use a cooler to store the food while you’re cleaning out the appliance. Just use soapy warm water to wipe down the walls and shelves.

Put the stove fan screen in the dishwasher. The hot water will remove the built up grease.

Take your toaster apart over the kitchen sink and give it a good shake. Then wash the crumb catcher. Make sure everything is completely dry before putting it back together.

Plan to deep clean your stovetop and oven. Look online for your stove’s manual to see if you can take off the knobs. Also, clean the racks inside your stove with baking soda and rubbing alcohol.

Use furniture movers and pull the refrigerator away from the wall. Use a vacuum to clean off the coils in the back. Don’t forget to clean under the fridge where dirt and hair from pets can build up.

Use lemon juice concentrate to clean the inside of the dishwasher. Place the concentrate in the soap dispenser and run the washer empty. Lemon juice will remove build up on the inside walls of the appliance.

Freeze some orange or lemon peels and drop them up in the garbage disposal. This will clean the blades of the disposal and leave the drain smelling nice and clean.

Photo credits: Leslie Reichert

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