As I keep saying (and hoping and praying) spring is right around the corner! It's time to get the cobwebs out and take a moment to deep clean some areas that haven't been touched for a while (maybe even since last year...). Today, we're going to start with the room that we use probably the most.
Wipe Up: the Cabinets - Let's start with the cabinets. Time to wipe up the doors and handles and get the grime out of the silverware and accessory drawers! If you have wood grain cabinets, some gentle soap (like Murphy's Oil Soap or Dawn), warm water and a soft rag or sponge will do the trick. Just wipe and dry as you go!
Wipe Up: the Appliances - Now is a good time to really wipe down the fronts of all of your appliances, the fridge, the stove, the microwave. Don't forget the dishwasher, too. If you have a toaster or toaster oven, time to shake out the crumbs and spritz them as well! If you have stainless steel, there are different brands of cleaners you can get in a wipe form. First you clean the appliance like you would with some warm water and soap, but, then use the wipe to wipe on and then buff it to a shine! If stainless isn't what you have there are a lot of cleaners you can use to shine them up after a good scrub.
Wipe Up: the Sink - Cleaning the garbage disposal area a little better and using a stainless cleaner on a stainless sink will make it shine again. If you have sinks made out of other materials, make sure you look up what the best cleaning products for that material are before you jump in with something. You don't want to damage the surface of your sink.
Scour: the Trash Bin (& area) - Take out the trash can in your kitchen and hose it off and scrub it with some good soap! Now, if it is usually concealed in a cabinet, go clean out the cabinet and disinfect it. There. All done with that!
Scour: the Range Accessories (& oven) - Take out the mesh under the hood vent cover and soak it in some hot water with some Dawn and then scrub it with a brush if necessary. Rinse well then let air dry before you put it back up. If you have a glass cook top, time to get any cooked on spots gone (find out what products to use on your particular stove). If you have drip pans, or iron grates, be sure to give them a good scrubbing right now too. Also, this is a good time to clean your oven. Wipe it down and then follow your appliances manufacturer's directions on the best way to clean it.
Scour: the inside of the Fridge - Now is the time to sort through everything in your freezer and dump what has been in there for a year (or more). Wipe off any drips or spots there may be and then do the same in your fridge. Check the dates on your condiments. Throw out any spoiled foods. Wipe down the shelves and drawers and the place an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge to help remove odors.
Finishing Touches - After all of those areas, you may have some glass cabinets that need to be cleaned or maybe the floor needs a really good cleaning as well. Maybe you will want to reorganize some areas and clean out all those extra lids that don't fit anything! Once it's done, you can ignore a some of these things for another year or at least until the fall if you want...! --Jen Lush