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Tips for Deep Cleaning your Kitchen

Written by Abbey Shafer

Spring cleaning is right around the corner, and with the current state of the world & having extra time what better time than now to do a deep clean. Each room of your home will require specific cleaners & methods that we’re here to help with, while focusing today on the kitchen!

The Kitchen

It is recommended that you clean your kitchen top to bottom to avoid brushing dust onto already cleaned surfaces like your counters or stove top. We suggest starting with the very top of your cabinets! For your cabinets you will need,

  • A Vacuum with a hose
  • A bucket of warm soapy water (we recommend dish soap) & a sponge or rag
  • Furniture polish & rag

Once you have all your supplies follow the below steps,

  • Top of Cabinet Cleaning: If your cabinets do not go to the top of your ceiling, grab a vacuum with a detachable house and vacuum up any dust or cobwebs that may be lurking. Grab that bucket of soapy water and scrub the tops of the cabinets.
  • Inside Your Cabinets: Remove dishes & ensure they are clean, follow the same steps of washing the insides of your cabinets with the warms soapy water mixture. Dry with paper towel or a dry rag.
  • Cabinet Doors: Take the same steps by scrubbing with warm soapy water. If you have dark cabinets you may went to spray with a furniture/dust polish like pledge.

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Your stove & oven are the next spot to hit! For this you will need,

  • A bucket of warm soapy water (we recommend dish soap) & a sponge or rag
  • Oven Cleaner & a sponge
  • Glass cleaner & paper towel or a rag
  • Baking Soda & a wet paper towel (flat top stove only)

Once you have your supplies start with the inside of the oven.

  • Inside of the Oven: Use your ovens self-cleaning feature if it has one (make note this often times can take up to a few hours, and has a very strong smell). If it does not, use an oven cleaner that will help remove grease like the one here.
  • Clean the Outside of the Oven: Clean the outside of your oven with your warm soapy water mixture, and clean the window of your oven with a glass cleaner.
  • Clean your Stove Top: If you have a glass flat top stove you will need to be careful with what you use to avoid ruining it. We recommend a light layer of baking soda wiped away with a wet warm paper towel. If you do not have a flat top stove make sure to remove the burners & utilize the same degreasing product that was used inside your oven.white kitchen with marble subway tile and tile backsplash over stove on Remodelaholic

Next is the microwave! You will need,

  • a bowl of half water, half vinegar
  • Wet rag or disinfecting wipe
  • Glass cleaner & paper towel or a rag
  • A bucket of warm soapy water (we recommend dish soap) & a sponge or rag

Your bowl of vinegar & water will help to soften crusted on food left in your microwave & also absorb & eliminate odor.

  • Cleaning the Inside of Your Microwave: Take your water/vinegar mixture and boil in your microwave. Take this out of the microwave (careful it will be hot) and dump down the sink. Remove your rotating tray & clean in the sink with hot water & dish soap. Scrub the inside of your microwave down with a wet rag, or disinfecting wipe. Place your rotating tray back in the microwave after it is dry.
  • Cleaning the Outside of Your Microwave: Take your soapy water mixture and scrub the outside of your microwave. Clean the microwave window with glass cleaner.

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Cleaning your backsplash & countertop will be the next step in your deep clean. You will need,

  • A bucket of warm soapy water (we recommend dish soap) & a sponge or rag
  • All purpose spray/cleaner & a paper towel

Your countertops & backsplash will be one of the easier projects to clean in your kitchen.

  • Cleaning your Backsplash: Take your warms soapy water mixture & scrub the backsplash behind your counter tops & dry.
  • Cleaning Your CounterTops: Take you war, soapy water mixture & scrub the tops of the counters. Allow to dry & then spray with an all purpose cleaner and wipe down.

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The fridge will be one of the most time consuming items to clean in your kitchen. You’ll need,

  • A bucket of warm soapy water (we recommend dish soap) & a sponge or rag
  • All purpose spray/cleaner & a paper towel
  • A Vacuum with a hose

To start, remove all items from the inside of your fridge and store in a cooler to avoid items going bad.

  • Cleaning the Inside of Your Fridge: Once your fridge is empty, take your warm soapy water mixture & scrub from top to bottom. Remove drawers and clean in the sink. Reload with your food once you’re done! We recommend tossing an open box of baking soda in the back of your fridge to absorb unwanted odors.
  • Cleaning the Outside of Your Fridge: Start by vacuuming the top of your fridge off if you are able and scrub with warm soapy water. Scrub the exterior of your fridge with the warm soapy water mixture & allow to dry. Then clean with an all purpose cleaner & paper towel. If you are able, move your fridge forward and vacuum underneath.

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Next will be the kitchen sink. To clean your sink you’ll need,

  • Bleach & water mixture

Cleaning your sink should be relatively quick!

  • Cleaning Your Sink: Ensure your bleach only comes into contact with the water. Fill your sink with warm water & add a half cup of bleach. Let this sit for about 30 minutes and then drain & wipe with a rag or paper towel.

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The dishwasher is often the appliance people forget to clean since it’s the appliances job to clean! To clean the dishwasher you’ll need,

  • A bucket of warm soapy water (we recommend dish soap) & a sponge or rag
  • Dish Washer soap

To clean the dishwasher,

  • Cleaning the Inside of the Dishwasher: Run as you would normally but with out any dishes.
  • Cleaning the Outside of the Dishwasher: Take the warm soapy water mixture & scrub the outside thoroughly. If stainless steel use a stainless steel powder cleaner & warm water.

 

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And finally, your last project will be to clean the floors & baseboards. For this you will need,

  • A vacuum
  • A bucket of warm soapy water (we recommend dish soap) & toothbrush
  • A swifter wet jet, or similar mop

Start by cleaning the baseboards and work your way down.

  • Cleaning the Baseboards: Take your warm soapy water mixture with a toothbrush & scrub your baseboards to eliminate dust & grime.
  • Cleaning the Floor: First vacuum the floor to eliminate dust & hair. Then take your mop or swifter wet jet and go over your floor to deep clean.

 

 

 

About the author

Abbey Shafer

Abbey Kebe is a marketing coordinator here at MoveEasy, who helps spread the word about MoveEasy's best in class moving concierges!

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