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Today I want to encourage you homemakers to learn to deep clean the kitchen. It’s easy to just do the bare minimum day after day – because face it, you are busy. But now and then, you need to scour and get rid of the layers of grime. How do you deep clean your entire house when you have a busy life? I share my tips and tricks in this post.
You don’t need a lot of heavy cleaners! The following will bring your kitchen to a shine:
- Microfiber cloths. I like Zwipes, but I just found this pack on Amazon that has more bang for your buck! I honestly don’t use the really expensive microfiber, because I find the thinner ones do just as well, and I don’t feel bad about them getting stained and over-used, and eventually tossing them.
- All-purpose Kitchen Spray. My all-purpose kitchen spray consists of putting a teaspoon of dishsoap in a spray bottle, then filling it with water. Honestly, the easier my DIY cleaners are to make, the more likely I will be to quickly refill them in a pinch. Otherwise I get a pile-up of empty spray bottles sitting around for the elusive and magical 10 minutes when I have nothing else to do.
- A trash can
- A long-handled scrubber
- A green scrubber
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Touch-up paint
- Spackle / knife
Step 1: Declutter Your Kitchen
- Clean out the sink, put away all dishes.
- Surface Clutter. Gather all trash around the kitchen and throw it in the garbage can.
- Declutter drawers and cupboards. Empty your drawers and cupboards one at a time, spray with a soapy spray, and wipe out with a microfiber cloth. Organize the items as you put them back in, tossing garbage in the trash can.
- Declutter cookbooks and recipes. Search through your cookbooks and recipes to see what you don’t use anymore and toss them. Alternatively, you could store the cookbook in another bookshelf, if it is a less-frequently used book.
- Empty the freezer. Take everything out of the freezer and sort, toss old stuff and wipe down the freezer. Defrost if necessary. Wash ice cube trays.
- Empty the fridge. Take everything out of the fridge and sort, toss old stuff and spray / wipe down the fridge. If there is any odor, clean sides and shelves with vinegar spray, insert an opened baking soda box to deodorize. Remove the drawers and shelves and clean thoroughly.
Step 2: Spray and scrub the kitchen
CLEAN WINDOWS, CEILING, WALLS:
- Open the windows to air out / ventilate.
- Wash windows. Wipe down window sills, remove screens and wash. For easy window-washing, use the kitchen spray (recipe above) and a surgical huck cloth (a cloth that is absorbant with no lint).
- Launder curtains, clean miniblinds.
- Clean ceiling. Spray ceiling with 50/50 vinegar / water solution, wipe with microfiber rag.
- Wipe down light fixtures.
- Wipe down fan.
- Clean walls. Spray with 50/50 vinegar/water solution, wipe with a microfiber rag. Clean baseboards and trim. Wipe registers / heating vents. Wipe switch plates and sockets.
- Spray and wipe cabinet doors and knobs.
- Wipe chairs / island / table. Spray with the kitchen spray and wipe down with the microfiber rag.
- Clean the microwave. If the microwave is very dirty, microwave a large bowl of water for 5 minutes, wait until it cools enough to not burn yourself, then remove. This will soften up the gunk and make it easy to wipe out. If you are worried about a superheated water explosion, float a toothpick or chopstick in the water to break the surface. Polish the front of the microwave.
- Clean oven. Clean the inside of the oven according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Move the oven, if possible, and sweep the floor and scrub the walls and sides of the oven. Polish the front of the oven with a damp microfiber rag.
- Clean stove top. Remove the drip bowls and elements or grates, scrub, and lift stove top to clean beneath. Remove knobs, soak in soapy water, clean, and replace. Clean the range hood inside and out.
- Run an empty load in the dishwasher. Refill rinse aid, put in detergent, and run an empty load. Clean filter.
- Refrigerator. You should have cleaned the inside of the fridge during the decluttering process, but now is time to clean the often-forgotten top of the fridge. Spray, leave for a minute, and scrub off the dust and grime. Vacuum the refrigerator coils.
- Clean crumbs out of toaster.
- Clean kettle. Your hot water kettle collects mineral deposits called “kettle furring”. Clean this out by boiling half water half white vinegar. Let the kettle sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse out. Boil a new batch of hot water and discard to remove vinegar taste. (This works for electric or stovetop kettles.)
- Clean coffeepot. Without a filter, run a carafe of half water, half white vinegar through the coffeemaker. Follow by a pot of clean water to remove the taste of vinegar. Wash carafe and wipe down coffeemaker.
- Wipe down other counter appliances.
CLEAN COUNTERS, SINK AND FLOOR
- Clean sink. Pour a kettle of boiling water down the drains to clear and kill germs. Scrub the garbage disposal by squirting dish soap on a long-handled dish brush and getting down there to scrub the grime out. Don’t forget to scrub the splash guard on top of the disposal.
- Utensils. Empty utensil jar, sort, toss duplicates or put away somewhere else, clean the jar, replace utensils.
- Sanitize wood cutting boards. Sprinkle with coarse salt, rub with half of a lemon to sanitize. Or clean with straight white vinegar. Oil the board with mineral oil or coconut oil to prevent splitting and cracking.
- Wash doors and door knobs.
- Sweep and scrub floor. Use a toothpick or scrub brush to scrub around the bottoms of the baseboards to get crumbs and gunk out.
- Reseal grout lines, if necessary.
- Wipe down art and trinkets.
- Wash down trash can and recycle bin.
- Shake out rugs outside. Clean, if necessary. I like to use indoor / outdoor rugs in the kitchen so they can be sprayed off outside and hung dry.
Step 3: Repairs or Improvements
- Replace burnt out light bulbs
- Check battery in kitchen flashlight or other tools requiring a battery
- Spackle / paint any holes or dents in the wall
- Paint over marks on the wall that did not wash off
- Write down repairs needed. Check chairs, doors, trim, knobs.
- Write the next three priority updates needed in the kitchen.