Spring Cleaning

  Photo credit: House Beautiful

Photo credit: House Beautiful

Spring is officially here and we all know what that means - Spring Cleaning!
It’s the perfect time to clean out the house -- the kitchen especially.

As you prepare, I wanted to give you some of my best tips:

Window Sills

Clean the window sills with baking soda, vinegar, and a paintbrush. First, sprinkle baking soda, then pour the vinegar over it. Once it starts to bubble and loosen the dirt, take the brush and get all the gunk out. Use a cloth or paper towel to dry.

The Pantry

Pull everything out of your pantry (yes, everything). Clean every shelf and drawer with a duster and antibacterial wipes. Before you put all of your food back in its proper place (organized by type), check the dates and throw out anything that is old and write down what needs to be repurchased.

The Refrigerator

Repeat for the fridge - take everything out, clean each shelf and drawer, check dates, and, when putting everything back, organize by type.

Sponges

Did you know sponges are the dirtiest things in the kitchen? (YUCK). I recommend that you change out your sponges weekly. Also, put them in the dishwasher when you run it to keep them less disgusting. To ensure you’re not always running to the store for them, keep a supply.

Under Sink

Pull everything out from under the sink and wipe it down. Review all of the products you have under there and determine what you need to throw out or restock. Then, put everything back.

Cleaning Caddy

Take everything out of the caddy and wipe it clean. Review your inventory before putting everything back.

Washing Machine Gasket

If you have a front-load washing machine, be sure to remove the mold and mildew that builds up. Here’s a helpful article if you need step by step instructions.

Dryer Vent

Make sure to have someone clean out the vent to the outside to make sure there is no lint backup...this is a huge fire danger!

Laundry Soap

If you use containers to store your laundry supplies, make sure you give them a good wipe down. Don’t forget to take inventory of what you need to repurchase!

Dishwasher

Clean the drain on the bottom of the dishwasher and the ‘goo’ in the sink drain.

Drawers

Take everything out of each drawer and wipe down the bottom, then put everything back in an organized fashion.  

Pots and Pans

Use Bar Keepers Friend to clean the bottoms. All that stained looking stuck on stuff will come off!

Garbage Disposal

Run vinegar and baking soda down the sink. Let that sit and then put an old whole lemon down and run the disposal.

BBQ

Scrub the grill and BBQ area to get ready for the outdoor dining weather!

 

Happy Spring!

Kenzie GallagherComment