I started my spring cleaning yesterday. I am following the checklist from my Spring Cleaning Planner and decided to start with my kitchen. The kitchen is the hub of the home and does a lot of jobs. Because we cook in it, eat in it, and often dump stuff on the counters, there’s a lot to clean in there! I decided to put together a list of my favorite kitchen spring cleaning tips. Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you as much as they have helped me!
Kitchen Spring Cleaning Tips
In every room I clean, I start at the top and work my way down to the bottom. So, go ahead and dust cobwebs. If you have curtains to clean, take those down, clean your blinds and your window glass. Clean out upper cabinets and clean the outside of the upper cabinets.
Then, move on to your countertops. Declutter, clear off the counters and give them a good clean with an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe off any appliances. The first appliance I gave a good clean was my Keurig.
How To Clean the Keurig
So, I took apart my Keurig and cleaned all of the parts. I used a combination of vinegar and water to descale it. I made a video with more detailed cleaning instructions. See below!
Cleaning Drip Pans
After I cleaned the Keurig, I went to work on my stove top. I have an electric stove and I completely took the top apart and gave it a good scrub. My drip pans are AWFUL! I tried the little trick with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and steel wool. They look better, but I’m probably going to be better off replacing them! At least I know they are clean.
Cleaning the Oven
Next, you want to clean the inside of the oven. You can use a commercial oven cleaner, but you can also clean it without any of those nasty chemicals. I like this method that uses vinegar, baking soda, and coarse salt. Apply a little elbow grease and get that oven sparkling!
Cleaning the Microwave
The microwave is very easy to clean. I wipe off the outside and then fill a Pyrex measuring cup about 1/3 full with vinegar. I turn on the microwave for 3 minutes and then anything built up on the inside of the microwave wipes right off. I also take out my carousel and wash it in the sink with hot water and dish soap.
Cleaning the Refrigerator
The refrigerator is easy to clean, but time consuming. I use a mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle because it is nontoxic. Take everything out of the refrigerator, including the shelves and drawers. Then spray the refrigerator down with the vinegar mixture and wipe clean. I use dish soap and hot water to clean my shelves and drawers. Make sure to dry everything completely before putting it back in the fridge.
Before I give the floor a good mop, I get down on my hands and knees and clean the baseboards. This is a little tedious, but this is how I do it. I use a multipurpose cleaner and paper towels to clean the tops and sides of the baseboards. A magic eraser works well for scuff marks. The corners are the worst. Multipurpose spray and some Q-tips and the corners come clean!
To help the baseboards repel dust and dirt, wipe them down with a dryer sheet. Sounds crazy, but it works!
Cleaning Window Tracks
I get so frustrated with window tracks. It’s easy enough to wipe them out, but the corners are almost impossible to deal with!
Baking soda and vinegar work for the initial clean up. A toothbrush helps get up the grime, and a butter knife and towel will help you clean out the corners.
So, that’s it for my kitchen spring cleaning tips! You’re going to want to give your sink and trash can a good, deep clean, too. Oh, and don’t forget the dishwasher! It feels so good to have a clean kitchen!