The kitchen is supposed to be the cleanest place in your whole house. With your delicious food being prepared here, you have to make sure that everything is clean and in place. (Image Credit: Mark McCammon/Pexels)
Before you start…
Make sure that you have enough time dedicated to cleaning your kitchen. Sometimes, there are dirty spots in the kitchen that you haven’t noticed before and thus, require more time cleaning. This can be either the oven interior or your dishwasher. There are also other utensils that you haven’t noticed dirty before.
Aside from time, you also need to have the proper tools to make your work easier. A scraper will be handy in cleaning out gunks in the oven, dishwasher, and other places where dirt and grease accumulated. You can also buy an all-purpose cleaner or mix your own by following DIY disinfectant tutorials online. You may also need a duster that can reach high places or tight corners.
Wear old clothes so that your new clothes will not be stained by grease or other kitchen gunks that you’ll clean. You should also have a hand towel near you at all times so you can wipe your hands from that slimy oil.
Once you have everything prepared, it’s time to start cleaning your kitchen.
1. Throw out all the expired food
This is the easiest and commonly the first thing that you can do. You may have not noticed expired foods in the refrigerator so you have to check each of your food’s expiration date. For fresh produce, there are a lot of tips online to check if the food is still safe to consume. Generally, if the vegetable or fruit has extreme discolorations, it’s safer to throw out.
Even condiments have an expiration date. If you have opened a bottle and not used up its content within a year, you have to throw it out already. Other condiments such as salad dressings and mayonnaise should be kept in a refrigerator. Otherwise, they may go bad and you’ll have to put them in a trash can.
You can also clear out your refrigerator and start defrosting. You can choose to clean your refrigerator now but it’s better to do later on when you’ve finished the de-cluttering stage of your cleaning.
2. Clear the clutter
Once you have cleared the kitchen off the expired foods, you have to make space for your next steps. To avoid being distracted or redoing everything later, do not put the clutter away just yet. Put them in a container, either a box or in the corner of the room. You can get back to them at the final step, but it’s better to work without all the clutters in your kitchen for now.
Throw everything that needs cleaning into the sink for you to wash later on. Anything that you haven’t used in the past month, even if they’re clean, should be washed. Dust can accumulate on these items and therefore, needs to be routinely cleaned.
3. Dust everything off
Speaking of dusting, now that you have cleared everything out, it’s time to remove any dust that accumulated in your kitchen. Make sure that you wipe off every surface in the kitchen. Dust usually falls down when wiped off so, to avoid redoing everything, start from the top of your highest cabinets and go down.
Use a duster to clear off the dust and make sure that everything is as clean as possible. You should also dust off the top of your refrigerator and other big appliances you have.
4. Wash the dishes
There will be a lot of washing that will happen while you’re deep-cleaning your kitchen. To avoid interruptions or being overwhelmed by the sink, try to clear out as many dishes as you can. If you a dishwasher, load it up with all the dirty dishes and then safely put them away in another box.
You can also put glasses and other things that are in your cabinets into boxes. All your clean plates, glasses, spoons, and fork. While the cabinet is empty, you can also start cleaning the dish drainer and dish rack.
5. Scrub your oven and sink
If you have a gas stovetop, start by removing the grills and wiping away the grease using your all-purpose cleaner. Then, you should spray the insides of your oven with a liquid solution that is safe for the oven. You can mix baking soda with vinegar for a DIY liquid spray. After letting it sit for enough time, you can start wiping off the grease using a new towel. It should come off easily.
You can do the same with the sink. Make sure that there is nothing clogged down the pipes. If you haven’t cleaned your refrigerator yet, then now is the time to do it. Make sure that you remove every rack, wipe it, and put it back in place.
6. Final clean
Now, the worst is almost over. You can start throwing your garbage away and sweeping the floor. Wipe everything again with a disinfectant liquid for added measure.
7. Put everything back
Start with the food that goes into your refrigerator to avoid spoilage. Foods that don’t fo into the refrigerator should also be put back. Then, put the bigger kitchen tools and utensils in their places next. Finally, all your fragile kitchen items such as dishes and glasses should be put away in their own cabinet. You’re almost done! Just add some finishing touches like a new vase of flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit out and your kitchen is as good as new.
Too busy to clean the kitchen on your own?
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