Kitchens are my very least favorite area of the house to spring clean.
There’s just so much elbow grease required because it’s, well, a room accumulating grease all through the year (unless you never cook, of course).So…let’s go ahead and get started with this one so you can cross it off your list.
Spring Cleaning Kitchen Plan Supplies
- Glass cleaner
- Vinegar and glass measuring cup
- Ice cubes and salt
- All purpose cleaner (a concentrated formula, with bleach, for the kitchen is my preference)
- Grease cutting kitchen cleaner
- Rags (either disposable or those that can be washed and re-used. Old cut-up t-shirts, wash cloths or small towels darner my collection)
- Small bucket for water/cleaning solution
- Spray bottle and grease cutting dish soap
- Scouring pads
- Paper towels
- Basket for items not belonging in kitchen
- Trash bag
- Kitchen Sink/Hot Water/Dish Soap.
Spring Cleaning Kitchen Plan of Attack
- Start by removing light fixture covers/globes and get them soaking in hot, soapy water (I soak mine in the bathtub actually because of the large size and to keep them out of the way while I may need to access the sink throughout this project)
- Start the clean function on oven (be sure to crack the kitchen window as this gets hot and stinky)
- Set a glass measuring cup with 1-1.5 cups of white vinegar in an EMPTY dishwasher and fire up the extra hot washing setting.
- Fill spray bottle with warm water and a few drops of dish soap
- Run broom along all 90 degree angels to knock down any cobwebs
- Starting toward the ceiling, mist walls (and ceiling, pending the status of your project) with warm water/soap and allow to sit for a minute or two.
- With a warm and damp rag, begin wiping down (you’ll probably need to add some elbow grease) misted areas and work your way toward the floor being sure to remember tops and fronts of appliances (i.e. fridge, microwave, etc.) and fronts of cabinets/cupboards. If you have especially tough grease build-up you may need to work over the area several times and/or use a tougher grease cutting solution. In most cases, however, the warm water and dish soap should do the trick.
- Wipe out inside of microwave.
- Fill bucket with warm water and concentrated cleaning solution.
- Wipe down counters with concentrated cleaning solution as well as the sink (if needed scrub sink with a scouring pad).
- Scrub light fixture covers/globes and set aside to dry
- Sweep floor
- Wipe down baseboards with concentrated cleaning solution
- Hand ‘mop’ floor using a clean rag and concentrated cleaning solution
- Wash windows and fronts of appliances with glass cleaner and paper towels
- When oven has cooled, wipe out inside to remove remaining ash
- Return light fixture covers/globes to light fixtures
- Pour out bucket of cleaning solution and spray bottle of water/soap. Rinse.
- Drop a handful of ice cubes and 1-2 Tbsp salt down the garbage disposal (you’re going to just let this sit and do it’s thing)
- Address items in basket not belonging in kitchen
- Put away cleaning supplies.
- Take trash to outside receptacle.
Optional Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks
- Empty and wipe down inside of fridge and freezer, tossing any spoilt or freezer burned food. Return food to unit in an organized fashion and include a new box of baking soda to keep both the fridge and freezer fresh.
- Empty and wipe down insides of cabinets and drawers, setting aside any items you no longer use that could be donated or sold.
- Empty and wipe down inside of pantry, tossing any expired or stale food items and setting aside food items you won’t eat (but that are still within expiration dates) that can be donated to a local food pantry
Spring cleaning the kitchen is a LOT of work. Pending the size of your kitchen, you may decide to split this large sized chore into several days (again, getting tired and doing the job half-assed part way through isn’t worth your time. Best to break the project up and tackle on separate occasions when you can come at it refreshed).
As I’ve mentioned, my Spring Cleaning is going to be minimal, at best, this year. That said, after taking a good look at my kitchen the last few days I’m thinking I might need to devise a plan to really get after that area.
If you remember, I didn’t get to the kitchen last year.
And it shows (if you look closely). I’m not sure it can handle two years without a good once over.
I’ll let you know how I go about this given my limited resources (i.e. time, energy, motivation for this kind of project).
Anything you might add to a Kitchen Spring Cleaning project? Is yours already done and we should all be VERY jealous?