Spring Cleaning The Kitchen-1

Spring Cleaning The Kitchen, Part 1

Spring cleaning in the kitchen is probably the hardest task of all. As many call it the heart of the home, it certainly deserves some extra love and care when cleaning time rolls around. Here are some great tips that can help you get your kitchen clean and organized.

Start from the top and work down, to keep from having to clean the same areas over again. If you wipe out the cabinets after scrubbing the countertops, you will probably have to clean the counters again.

If you have areas around the stove that have grease build up, spray them down and let it sit while working on other projects. This will cut the time it takes to scrub off the set in grease significantly.

Start by cleaning the cobwebs and dust that has collected on the walls over the winter. As you are dusting, decide if the walls need a thorough scrub down, a quick wipe, or just a spot cleaning. Save yourself some elbow grease for other tasks, if the walls seem to be in good shape.

Wipe of the tops of the cabinets and higher shelves next. Declutter the top of the refrigerator while you have out the stepstool and are lugging it around. Also, while the stepstool or ladder is out, take down the curtains or blinds and clean them or replace them, if necessary. If you have a ceiling fan in your kitchen, now would be a prime time to clean the dust and polish the metal fixtures.

While your window treatments are out of the way, clean your windows and screens. Make sure to do both the inside and outside, to keep the room feeling bright and cheerful. Leave the windows open once the screens have been replaced, to let some fresh air in and the fumes of the cleaning products out.

Hit the fridge next, taking everything out of both the refrigerator and freezer. Throw away expired food, almost empty items, and anything that looks as if it has taken on a life of its own. In the freezer, trash anything that might be past its expiration date or has developed freezer burn. Get the trash bag full of food outside and in a sealed garbage can. This will keep the smells out of your house and the local wildlife from having a buffet in your yard.

Remove the shelves from the refrigerator and wash them well. Take out the meat and vegetable drawers and give them a good soak, as well. Defrost the freezer if needed and wipe out the inside of both the fridge and freezer. Before replacing the shelves and drawers, pull the refrigerator out, unplug it and vacuum the coils. Clean up the dirt and grime underneath and get the “hidden treasures” from under and behind the fridge.

Cleaning out the kitchen can be a big job! In Part 2 of this article, we’ll discuss some more tasks to give your kitchen a thorough spring cleaning.

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