The kitchen is likely the most used space in your home. There are some big machines in there that see a lot of traffic, so let’s look at simple ways to give them a scour.
Somehow, despite your best efforts, fridges get dirty very quickly. Even if you don’t know how that sticky puddle of something pink got in there, here’s how to clean it up:
- Remove all the food, even in the drawers and on the door.
- Remove any shelves and drawers that you can.
- Wash the shelves and drawers in the sink with hot, soapy water. Rinse them well, then dry them with a cloth.
- Use a washcloth to wipe down the interior sides and bottom.
- Replace the food, being sure to throw out anything that is expired or that has gone bad.
Bags of buttery popcorn or defrosting hamburger can take their toll on the cleanliness of your microwave. Here’s how to freshen it up:
- Place a glass measuring cup filled with a mixture of water and lemon juice in the microwave.
- Microwave on high for 5 minutes, then let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Remove the measuring cup and the glass plate inside the microwave.
- Wash the glass plate in the sink with hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
- Wipe the interior and exterior of the microwave with a wet, soapy cloth. Rinse well.
- Replace the glass plate in the microwave.
The high heat of the oven really can bake on the biggest messes, making them difficult to clean. Try this approach:
- Remove the racks. Scrub them separately in the sink.
- Using commercial oven cleaner or a mix of baking soda, vinegar and dish detergent to coat the interior of the oven. Let sit 15 minutes
- Scrub with a brush, rinsing frequently. Rinse well.
- Replace the racks before using the oven.
A few minutes’ work on each of your appliances can keep them in better working condition and in a more sanitary state.
If you are worried that you might miss a dirty spot in the kitchen, this checklist will definitely help you out.
Do not miss also our home cleaning routine infographic!