It’s likely you’re no stranger to cleaning the kitchen. It’s one of the most frequented areas of the house, and it’s the most susceptible to messes and grime. But it takes more than just a superficial wipe of your counters to truly get a clean kitchen. Instead of ignoring that layer of dust behind the oven for another year, take the initiative today to deep clean your kitchen and get its original sparkle back.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Junk
Your first item of business is to take an inventory of the stuff in your kitchen. The goal for this stage of the process is simplicity — what’s sitting on your kitchen counters right now that can be either tossed or stored away in another room? Get rid of any cookbooks and decor crowding your counters. (It might help to install a wall shelf or two to free up precious counter space.) Toss any kitchen gadgets or foods in your pantry you know you’ll never use. The more clutter you have in your kitchen, the harder it will be to get real about the cleaning process.
Start with the Appliances
Next, it’s time to give your appliances the deep cleaning they’ve needed for so long. This will involve using a degreaser to loosen and remove grease, cleaning stainless steel with baby oil and wiping down glass surfaces with glass cleaner. Once you’ve finished cleaning your appliances, pull them out to clean behind them, the floor beneath, and the walls.
Tackle the Fridge
Your next goal is to revive the inside of your fridge. Throw out any expired food and pull out everything else for easy cleaning. A mixture of dish soap and water will do the trick for cleaning the shelves and drawers. Don’t forget to clean your freezer as well!
Clean the Sinks and Counters
Next, give your sinks and counters a good cleaning. You can easily clean the sink by sprinkling baking soda around the bottom, adding a bit of water and scrubbing with a toothbrush. Tackle the counters by using a basic kitchen cleaner and an old rag. If you have white counter tops and can’t seem to get certain spots off no matter what you do, don’t be afraid to use of a little bleach.
Clean the Floors and Baseboards
Finally, tackle the floors. Be sure to sweep before you go to town with your mop. Try to start with the baseboards first, and then work your way down to the floor. Make sure the floor cleaner you use will work with the kind of flooring in your kitchen.
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