More kitchen cleaning tips
Things have probably changed quite
a bit since your mom (or dad) first taught
you how to clean. There are all kinds of
new products that will make your life easier
and your cleaning go much faster. So here
are some great tips that will help you get
your kitchen spring-cleaning done right.
Clear out the kitchen clutter
Put little-used appliances away so
they’re out of your way. Store dry goods in
bins, on racks or in a convenient rolling
cart. Remember, the fewer things you have
sitting out, the fewer things you’ll have to
clean next year.
Make your kitchen work better
Organize specific areas inside
your cupboards for specific items.
Make a baking center. Keep all your
canned goods together. Have a snack
cupboard. Then everything will be
easy for everyone to find.
Use disposable containers to
round up small, loose items such as
cupcake liners, birthday candles and
cookie decorations. That way they’re
less likely to fall over and spill out,
and they’re conveniently located in
Clear out your refrigerator. Then
spray the shelves and drawers with a
hard-surface sanitizing spray that kills
99. 9 percent of bacteria. (Some precleaning may be necessary first.)
Store veggies and meats in your
fridge in disposable containers, food
storage bags and sealable wrap to
keep them fresher longer.
and a good bleach to get them their
brightest and whitest.
Use a soft toothbrush for small, hard-to-reach spaces. But first, be sure the
surface isn’t easily scratched.
Use a bleach spray to disinfect,
deodorize and remove tough stains and
greasy messes on hard, nonporous kitchen
surfaces. It will cut through and get the job
done in no time.
Clean from the top down. That way you
can avoid drips on already clean surfaces.
Don’t forget to look up—check for
cobwebs in corners and on light fixtures.
Wear rubber gloves to protect your
skin. To keep water and cleaning solutions
from running down your arm when you’re
reaching up, wear exercise sweatbands
around your wrists.
If you’re cleaning above your head,
always wear eye protection too.
Don’t forget to look inside your microwave. Spatters, boil-overs and crumbs can
really cake on and build up. This is a spot
where that multipurpose, hard-surface
cleaner might come in very handy. (Always
follow the manufacturer’s instructions for
cleaning any appliance.)
If you have stains on your tile grout,
use a pen with a gel bleach to target the
spots and get the stain right out.
Make it cleaner than clean
Bright white dish towels and curtains
make a kitchen look fresh and clean. Wash
all bleachable kitchen linens with detergent
Good job. Now relax
Hopefully these helpful tips will make
your kitchen spring-cleaning go by with a
minimum of effort and time. When you’re
done, move a chair to the middle of the
kitchen, sit down with a nice cup of tea,
take a look around and savor your sense
of accomplishment. (It’s OK to open up a
cupboard or two and take a peek to enjoy
how neat, organized and tidy they are!)
Be proud—you’ve earned it.