Spring cleaning is here, and the room many of us dread the most is the kitchen. Our little spring cleaning guide should quell your kitchen cleaning fears! We have 10 great spring cleaning tips that will make this big chore much easier to tackle.
1. Clean from the Top Down
Before you even think about taking a scrub brush to your grout, look up! As you clean, polish and dust cabinets and countertops, debris will inevitably fall to the floor. Always start by sweeping cobwebs out of lighting fixtures, cabinet tops, and corners. Save the low-lying part of the project for later to avoid undoing your hard work.
2. Give Your Pots and Pans a Deep Clean
Scrub cast iron pans with coarse salt and a sponge. The salt will grind off scorched residue, absorb oil and lift away bits of food while preserving the pan's seasoning. Once the pan is scrubbed clean, rinse, dry and put it away. Remove stains on your stainless steel cookware by polishing them with white vinegar. Don't soak stainless steel pots and pans, since it can cause pitting. Always wash and promptly dry them.
3. Deep Clean Your Blender
If you can, take apart your blender pitcher and blades, clean them thoroughly with warm soapy water and hand dry the blades to prevent deterioration. Then, wipe down the base unit with a damp cloth. Don't forget to wipe the bottom.
4. Clean Your Microwave the Easy Way
Place several wet paper towels in the microwave and run it on High for three to five minutes. The steam from the wet paper towels will soften any burnt-on grime so that it wipes off easily.
5. Clean Stains off Counter Tops
Use a little hydrogen peroxide in water, plus a few drops of ammonia to lift tough stains like coffee or grape juice.
6. Make Your Coffee Pot Look Like New
Fill the pot a quarter-full of ice. Then add the juice of half of a lemon and two tablespoons of salt. Swirl the mixture in the pot for two minutes until the surface is clean. If your coffee maker has a cleaning mode, run that before cleaning the pot then your whole machine will be like brand new!
7. Clean Your Kitchen Sink
You can deodorize a smelly garbage disposal unit by grinding ice cubes made with half vinegar, half water. Once you have the disposal taken care of, it's time to tackle the sink. To clean a stainless steel sink, start by sprinkling baking soda all over and gently scrub with a sponge. Once you've scrubbed away the grime, rinse the sink with vinegar to disinfect it.
8. Clean out Your Pantry in Five Fast Steps
- Move the trash can so it's close to your pantry, and begin throwing out any expired foods. Pull the contents of the pantry out and set it all aside.
- Make sure you go through your spice collection too. Ground spices do go bad after a while. As a general rule, whole spices will stay fresh for about four years, ground spices for about three to four years and dried leafy herbs for one to three years.
- Use a handheld vacuum or a static cling cloth to wipe up crumbs.
- Clean all of the shelves with a gentle cleaner like a mix of water, vinegar and essential oils.
- Use a clean damp cloth to wipe off sticky or dusty bottles and cans.
9. Clean Your Wood Cutting Boards
Wood cutting boards need extra care, and every so often they need a deep clean. To deep clean a wood cutting board: sprinkle coarse salt over the surface of the board, and rub it with a sliced lemon. Rinse well with hot water.
If your cutting board is made from butcher block, now is a good time to oil it. To oil butcher block: heat mineral oil in a pan, and rub it onto the wood with a lint-free cloth. Apply a second coat of oil after the wood soaks up the first batch, and continue to apply until the wood stops absorbing the oil. Allow the board to dry overnight.
10. Clean Your Oven without Fumes
Store-bought oven cleaning products are famous for their overpowering smell. You can clean your oven without the smelly stuff! Mix together a paste of baking soda and water. Cover the interior surfaces of the oven with the paste but avoid bare metal and heating elements. Let the mixture sit overnight. By morning, the chemicals in the baking soda will have worked to loosen the stains and grime from the oven so you can easily scrub away the filth. To clean the heating elements, scrub them with a sponge and a little baking soda.