The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and suddenly you realize it’s time to freshen up your home with the traditional spring cleaning. Even if you’re someone who stays on top of your weekly cleaning list, there are always tasks that get put off until one day you realize you haven’t wiped down the bottom of the refrigerator in a few months. (I know I’m not the only one who’s taken out that bottom drawer to wipe the area down and found a dried grape that is now a raisin).
Spring cleaning is your yearly opportunity to turn your home into the clean and efficient space it was meant to be. I know, spring cleaning can be a daunting task but once the work is complete you enjoy that satisfied feeling.
To help you get started, I will be writing a weekly spring cleaning series to help break the tasks down to a realistic schedule so that you can reach the happy ending. Let’s start our first week in the kitchen.
- Clean stove top: Wipe down your stove with warm, soapy water. Use a degreaser to clean any grease spatters.
- Clean oven: Run the self-cleaning option if you have one. If not, use oven specific products.
- Clean outside of the oven: Wipe down the outside of your oven with warm, soapy water. Use a degreaser to clean any grease spatters. Don’t forget to clean the drawer under the oven.
- Clean and freshen microwave: In a microwave safe dish, microwave 1 cup of water and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice for 3-5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes so the steam loosens food partials. Remove dish and clean with a damp cloth.
- Clean refrigerator and freezer: Check food expiration dates.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils.
- Wipe down counter appliances: Wipe off counter appliances with a damp cloth
- Clean and disinfect counters and backsplash: Remove any debris with a damp towel. Clean with your favorite disinfectant and wipe dry with a clean towel.
- Clean drain and sink: Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of hot vinegar. Wait 5 minutes, and then flush with hot water. Next clean your sink using a clean cloth to wipe the entire sink and faucet down with undiluted vinegar. Then towel dry.
- Deodorize garbage disposal: Throw half a lemon sliced and a cup of ice in the disposal. Run cold water and turn on the disposal. The lemon will deodorize and the ice will sharpen the blades!
- Clean inside drawers and cabinets: Empty and wipe down with warm soapy water.
- Remove and clean window coverings.
- Sanitize cutting boards: Pour hydrogen peroxide on the cutting board, and spread it around using a clean sponge. Let it stand for a 3-5 minutes to kill the germs. Wipe off with the clean sponge rinse with clean water then air dry completely before using.
- Clean cabinet doors and knobs: For heavy build-ups of grease and dust, your best bet is a commercial cleaner designed to be used on your type of kitchen cabinets and knobs.
- Clean and organize pantry: Remove all items. Wipe down shelves with warm, soapy water. Let shelving dry prior to putting items back in the pantry. Check food expiration dates before placing items back in the pantry.
- Wash windows: Use equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean window glass.
- Remove dirty window screens and wash with warm soapy water.
- Clean switch plates: Spay a paper towel with rubbing alcohol or household cleaner. Then wipe down switch plate. Note: Do not spray directly to the plate.
- Clean walls and baseboards: Use a damp magic eraser to remove any marks and scuffs from walls. Fill a bucket with water and your favorite multipurpose cleaner and use a cleaning towel to wipe down the wall. Remember to work from the top down. Once dry, use dryer sheets to dust the baseboards to prevent dust from getting stuck to them in the future.
- Clean doors and door knobs: Use warm, soapy water and a damp towel to wipe down door and knobs. Use a cloth to dry.
- Clean and disinfect trash can: Scrub all areas of your trash can using vinegar and an old scrub brush. Thoroughly rinse the can off and let air dry.
- Sweep and mop floor: Remember to move appliances around to clean underneath.
When you break cleaning down by rooms doesn’t it seem more doable? Check back next week when as we tackle the Laundry Room. Happy cleaning!
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