It’s that time of year again when we are finally seeing some extra sunshine and daylight. This can bring a gentle reminder that the forgotten corners of your kitchen cupboards could do with a clear out. Here are some quick and easy tips to get your kitchen fresh and sparkling!
First of all, make sure you have all the cleaning essentials to hand. These include cloths and sponges, rubber gloves, a multi-purpose spray, washing up liquid, white vinegar, floor cleaner, a broom or vacuum cleaner, and a mop and bucket. Set aside a whole morning or afternoon— once it’s properly spick and span, it will be much quicker to clean in the future.
- Turn out your food cupboards.
Climb up to those top shelves and empty everything out. Throw away anything that is well past its use-by date, and wash out jars and storage containers. Wipe down the interior of the cupboards with hot water and detergent or spray. While they dry, wipe the exterior tops, doors and handles.
- Declutter your gadgets.
Turn out all other drawers and cupboards which contain cutlery and other kitchen utensils and equipment. Sort out any unwanted items for charity, and wipe down the interior and exteriors of the drawers/cupboards. When replacing the items, store them so that those you use most frequently are nearest to hand.
- Wipe down all paintwork and tiles.
Look around at the places you wouldn’t normally include in a weekly clean, such as radiators, skirting boards, walls, and lights. Wipe them down with a soft cloth and hot soapy water. If you have natural wood or stonework in your kitchen, you may need to use a Ph neutral cleaner to avoid damaging surfaces. Dry off with a towel to avoid streaks.
- Clean out the fridge.
Turn everything out of the fridge, and throw away any outdated foods. Remove the veg drawer and shelves, and wash them in hot soapy water. Wipe down all the interior surfaces and the door seal with a soft damp cloth and a solution of white vinegar. Don’t forget the storage shelves inside the door. Dry and replace the removable storage items.
- Clean the oven.
Don’t avoid this dreaded task! A manky oven is unhygienic and less energy efficient. Soak the shelves for 1 hour in hot water and baking soda, and scrub any baked-on stains with wire wool. Scrape off any food debris from the door and interior of the oven before cleaning.
Next, use either a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water, or a spray-on oven cleaner to apply to the inside of the oven. Don’t forget to wear protective rubber gloves. Leave for 20 minutes, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and wipe clean. Leave the door open for a while to allow any odours to evaporate.
- Wash the floor and windows.
Finally, brush or vacuum up the flooring, and give it a thorough mop with hot water and detergent, or a cleaner suitable for the surface. To clean your windows, use a solution of water and white vinegar or a glass spray, and remove excess moisture with a squeegee to avoid streaks.
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