Operation Organize: How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen in 5 Simple Steps

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Organization, Real Estate | 0 comments

 

In most households, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place to whip up a healthy meal, bake a sweet treat, or mix a delicious cocktail. But it’s also the area most prone to mess. And since we take our spring-cleaning pretty seriously around here, today we wanted to share a few tips for keeping your kitchen sparkling. Follow the five easy steps below to ensure your kitchen gets a deep clean…

 

The Prep

Before you begin deep cleaning your kitchen, you will want to gather all of your supplies in one place. A secret that professional organizers swear by is storing your cleaning supplies in the room you use them. Not having to run to a separate hall closet will save you valuable time when you’re deep cleaning. Plus, it will make in-between touchups so much easier, too. In addition to cleaning products, it also helps to keep a cleaning checklist on hand so that you remember to reach all the nooks and crannies of your kitchen. Also, never underestimate the power of an upbeat playlist or your favorite podcast to get you through the job. Having something entertaining to listen to will make the time pass so much faster.

 

The Sink

Most people’s least favorite part of cleaning the kitchen is doing the dishes. So it makes sense to bite the bullet and get that over with first! Load up the dishwasher if you have one, wash any pots and pans by hand, and then give the sink itself a thorough scrubbing. Before you move on to the countertops, toss half a lemon and a little white vinegar down your disposal to keep it smelling fresh.

 

The Surfaces

Once your sink is clean and free of all dirty dishes, it’s a good time to wipe down all of your kitchen surfaces. Keep a basket on hand to gather any odds and ends that don’t belong in the kitchen or just need to be moved out of the way temporarily while you clean. For granite and other countertops without grout, start with a squeegee to quickly and easily sweep any crumbs into the kitchen sink. Spray all surfaces and the stovetop with a multi-surface cleaner and let it sit for a minute before you begin to wipe them down with a scrubber sponge. Letting it sit will help break down grease and grime, and soften any crusted on food. Don’t forget the backsplash, walls, and exteriors of the cupboards. Use a toothbrush to tackle any tough food stains around burners on the stovetop. Wipe dry with a clean cloth, and dust off any decorative accessories while you’re at it.

 

The Appliances

It wouldn’t be a deep cleaning if you didn’t get inside the appliances. Begin with your refrigerator, emptying the contents one shelf at a time. Toss out any food that’s past its prime, and then wipe each shelf clean with multi-surface cleaner. Keep an open box of baking soda in the fridge and freezer to neutralize odors. When it comes time to clean the microwave, microwave a clean, wet, organic cotton towel on high for 3 to 5 minutes. The steam from the towel will soften grime, and you can then use the towel itself to wipe down the interior. Remove oven racks and give them a good soak in a sink full of warm, soapy water. If your oven has a self-clean setting, take advantage of it before wiping it down with the same multi-surface cleaner. Dispose of any crumbs that have gathered in your toaster or toaster oven.

 

The Floor

Remove and shake off floor mats outside. Give your floors a good sweeping, and then finish with your favorite floor cleaner. Pay special attention to the spaces below the sink and oven, since that’s where water and grease spots tend to gather.

 

Finish by taking out the trash and loading any sponges and scrub brushes into the dishwasher to disinfect them. If you don’t have a dishwasher, microwaving them on high for one minute will do the trick too. And voila! Your kitchen should now be sparkling from top to bottom.

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