Take advantage of the season change for a deep clean
Winter is officially over, but the cold weather is not. Since there’s not much you can do outdoors at the moment, why not make a good use of your indoor time at home and give your kitchen a thorough deep-clean?
These are some tips for you to leave your Denver kitchen spotless and ready to welcome the Spring and Summer months coming ahead:
Dust and clean the cabinets, cupboards, drawers, and walls
Believe it or not, your kitchen cabinets can be exposed to more dirt, bacteria, and grease than other parts of your home, so this is a good place to start. This might be a good time also to wipe clean the backsplash and the walls of your kitchen.
Clean the exterior of your cabinets and then empty the drawers and cupboards, sweep out crumbs, dust and clean any stains with a wet cloth and gentle cleaner. If you’re up for it, you can put new contact paper at the bottom. Take advantage of this process to re-organize everything and throw away what is no longer needed, from your kitchen utensils and flatware to bowls, pans and anything you store there.
Clean the oven, stove, and small appliances
If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, apply oven cleaner and leave it to work for a while (make sure open the windows for ventilation). While the oven cleaner does its job, you can scrub the stove and wipe down and clean your other appliances, such as the toaster, blender, etc. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations for all of them!
Clean the refrigerator
Throw out any expired food, almost empty containers, and items that you bought and never used. Wash the refrigerator shelves and drawers, and wipe down the entire inside of the refrigerator and freezer before replacing shelves and food.
Clean the sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher
The kitchen sink is the one place where odors, germs, and food scraps tend to accumulate. These steps can help you keep your sink clean, which is also a good way to get inspired to do the dishes right away instead of leaving them in a pile! Cleaning the garbage disposal is easily done in 3 steps; and to clean the dishwasher, add a little white vinegar to it before running an empty cycle to get rid of any odors. Don’t forget to empty the food trap afterward.
Scrub your pots and pans
Cast iron: scrub them with coarse salt and a soft sponge. The salt is a natural abrasive that absorbs oil and lifts away bits of food while preserving the pan’s seasoning. Rinse away and wipe dry.
Stainless steel: even though these are considered stainless, they are prone to stains from heat and hard water. To remove them, apply white vinegar with a soft cloth and rub, then dry thoroughly after washing to prevent a film from forming. Never soak stainless steel cookware; this will result in pitted surfaces!
Organize your pantry
Last but not least, take of this important room of the kitchen. Throw out anything that’s expired, including canned goods and herbs or spices that have been in there for too long (a year is a good enough time). Then re-organize your supplies in the most convenient way for you!
Even though everyone may know the importance of keeping a clean kitchen, we hope you find these steps to deep-clean your kitchen useful. Other things you can also do in the process is to wash the trash bins, sharpen your knives, declutter your fridge’s door, wash the windows and of course, clean and mop the kitchen floor.
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