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Organizing Kitchens, Pantries, Menus and Meals.
perfect time to make a clean-break with kitchen grime
Even the tidiest of kitchens needs a
“good going over,” as my mother used to say. Winter is a great time
to tackle this traditional spring-cleaning chore. After all, when
beautiful spring days arrive, you won’t want to spend them cleaning!
With an organized cleaning routine,
you’ll zip through this in no time.
1. Work from the top down
Cleaning high spaces is bound to shake
loose some dust. You don’t want to re-clean the countertops or
floors so start at the top
Remove any home décor from the tops of
cabinets, if they are the open-top style. Dust or wash the décor.
Rinse artificial plants of dust and set aside to dry.
Vacuum dust bunnies from the cabinet
tops. Replace décor.
Wipe down the outside of upper
cabinets with mild, soapy warm water.
Clean the top of the fridge.
2. Check out the walls
Clean off any splatters
on walls or fingerprints on door jams.
Use glass cleaner to
clean any framed pictures or clocks. You’ll find they may have a
thin film of grease on them.
Use clean soapy water to
wash backsplashes. If you have tile, you might need a soft brush to
clean in the grout areas. Dry with a soft towel.
3. Hit the appliances
Clear the clutter from
the outside of the fridge.
Wipe all the appliances
first with warm, soapy water to remove food and grease. Begin with
the stove hood followed by the stove. You can then follow this with
an appropriate stainless steel polish or for other finishes; a glass
cleaner will give you a shiny finish.
If needed, this is a
great time to turn on your self-cleaning oven and wipe out the
Begin your microwave
cleaning by heating a cup of water so that the steam from it softens
4. Finish up
Continue your cabinet
cleaning by washing the face of the lower cabinets.
Wipe off baseboards.
Clean the inside and
outside of the trash can.
Do countertops last to
insure they remain sanitary. Clear the clutter and then wipe off
countertops, making sure to use clean water, clean sponge or a bit
of disinfectant of your choice.
Sweep and then mop the