From how to clean kitchen hoods to sparkling kitchen sinks, we have all the answers and all the steps you need to start off 2017 with a shiny and clean kitchen.
Step 1: Everything has to go.
Okay, not everything has to go. But everything you don’t need has to go. That means a strong sweep of your pantry, kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, and under the sink (yikes)!
You know all that food you’re not going to eat, food that you shouldn’t eat (check expiration dates on lingering items), those disposable plastic containers and lids that have multiplied to unthinkable numbers, questionable sponges, and anything else that you won’t miss? Let it go.
Step 2: Start up top and then get low.
Dust falls. Cleaning solutions drip. Don’t clean the same space twice. Start from the top and work your way down. For the ceilings and light fixtures, a microfiber duster works best.
Your next stop should probably be your kitchen hood. Not sure what to do there?
The mystery of how to clean kitchen hoods is about to be solved! Simply create a solution with warm water and dishwashing detergent. Remove the grates and use a sponge or brush to clean out dust and grease. You can use this same method for cleaning the hood. Never use a solution or sponge that could scratch the stainless steel. It’s that easy.
Step 3: Shimmy on down to the cabinets.
Your kitchen cabinets are calling out for some TLC. The best way to clean them is by diluting all-purpose kitchen cleaner, wood cleaner, or white vinegar and wiping them down with a cloth. Follow with a wet rag and clean water to remove any residue, and then dry with a separate cloth.
Step 4: Scrub that sink like it’s 1999.
But do it gently. Cleaning kitchen sinks doesn’t take a lot of force. Simply use a nylon sponge and some baking soda or Bar Keeper’s Friend. If you rinse your sink routinely, you shouldn’t have too much work to do.
Step 5: Take it back to the refrigerator.
Now that you’ve tossed all that expired and unwanted refrigerator and freezer food, here is a fun task for you. Cleaning out your favorite large appliance. Yes, that is going to require you to empty it out. Sorry, but we promise it will be quick and painless.
Put all the items to the side so you can spray the inside (and outside) with disinfectant. Some disinfectants will advise letting the product sit for a few minutes. Start on the inside, wipe everything down and then work your way out. Then get back in there and absorb any excess cleaner with a dry cloth. Put in a new box of baking soda while you’re at it to keep things smelling fresh.
The next step is organizing the refrigerator and freezer, of course! How many times have you thought things should be put in a better place? Now is your chance to make it happen. If you are feeling ambitious after tackling the refrigerator and freezer, why not clean the oven too?
Step 6: Don’t forget the pantry.
If your kitchen has a pantry cabinet, it could probably use a good once over. When was the last time you really wiped down those shelves? Grab a clean, damp cloth and get it done.
Step 7: Finish with the floors.
Now it’s time to get low, but you can actually stay standing! First vacuum to pick up any crumbs. Pay special attention to the corners.
Then whether you have tile or hardwood, you will want to use a mop and floor-cleaning product that suits that material.
At this point it’s probable wise to get out a piece of paper and pen to make a “Do not enter!” sign, since the last thing you want after deep cleaning your kitchen is dirty sneakers tracking dirt on your floors!
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