Spring Cleaning: Make Your Kitchen Shine!

In this series we will spring clean room by room. (Make sure to read this article to help you get started) Today we will focus on the kitchen. Remember to prioritize with your personal circumstances and delegate jobs to others in the household when possible. To get you started this is what you will need:

  1. Rags
  2. White distilled vinegar
  3. All-purpose cleaner (a mix of half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle will do*)
  4. Baking soda
  5. Broom
  6. Mop
  7. Floor cleaner appropriate for your floor
  8. Vacuum cleaner
  9. Lemon

(*Note: White distilled vinegar works as a “green” disinfectant killing many germs, bacteria and mold and you don’t have to wear gloves while using it! Do not use on granite since it will etch the surface, thus ruining it!)

5 Things you can clean in 5 minutes-

  • Tackle that “catch all” drawer. Give contents a permanent home and throw things out you never use.  Put dividers in the drawer so things don’t get jumbled together so you can find what you’re looking for.
  • Clean the microwave inside and out. Mix a half cup of vinegar and half cup water in a microwave safe bowl and microwave to a boil (about 2 minutes, stand back when you open the door to avoid the initial odor of the hot vinegar). Then wipe the inside of the microwave with a rag and the food will come right off. It really is that easy, give it a try! Use caution when removing the hot bowl.
  • Make your sink sparkle! Sprinkle baking soda all over the sink and spray with vinegar. As you scrub with a rag or small brush it will turn into a paste that will remove hard water spots. Pouring baking soda down the drain and letting it set will also help get rid of drain odors.
  • Run a cut lemon though your garbage disposal to eliminate odors.
  • Wipe down your trash can inside and out with all purpose vinegar spray. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom and leave for a few days if an odor persists.

Other chores you can do in about 30 minutes-

  • Empty one cabinet at a time of all its contents. (Remember you don’t want to start too many projects at a time) Wipe down the shelves with a damp rag and toss expired items before restocking the shelf. If there are pans and gadgets that you don’t use put them in a donate box.
  • Empty the refrigerator and freezer and clean all surfaces with soap and water. To get rid of odors spray with vinegar and wipe clean, then place an open container with baking soda in the back and leave in for a few days. Toss expired items before restocking. Don’t forget to dust the top too.
  • Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator. Maybe you’re thinking about putting this one off… forever. You don’t see it so why bother, right? But if dust builds up on these it cuts down on the efficiency and will pull more power to run. Unplug your fridge before cleaning the coils.
  • When cleaning your oven follow the manufactures instructions. Many ovens now have a “self clean” feature that reduces the baked-on food into an ash that you wipe up with a damp rag. Use soap and water to clean the inside of the door. It is best to have a window open when you start the cleaning process.
  • Wipe down table, chairs, walls, and all other surfaces and appliances.
  • Finally sweep and mop the floor with an appropriate floor cleaner.

Once you are finished, order out for diner and use paper plates so you don’t have to clean the kitchen again before bedtime.

—Read other articles in this series:

Spring Cleaning: Waging War With Dust Bunnies And Clutter

Spring Cleaning: Bedroom Bliss

Spring Cleaning: Family Room

Spring Cleaning: Bathroom


Jill Marcum – Twiniversity Community Manager