Tips to spring clean your kitchen
What better time to give your kitchen a spring clean? One of the dirtiest rooms of the home (the bathroom is another), now is the ideal time to declutter, organise and spruce up your kitchen. We’ve put together some useful tips to help you leave your kitchen spick and span.
Make your sink sparkle
The kitchen sink is a breeding ground for nasty bacteria and is riddled in germs, as are cloths and sponges left in the sink (they can hold even more bacteria than the sink alone). While it will depend on the material of your sink (do your research first), the best way to make it shine is by using natural disinfectants such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Wipe the sink using a cloth (nothing too abrasive to scratch your sink) with hot water and vinegar to bring back the gleam. For tricky areas such as behind the tap – use an old toothbrush to reach those awkward spots. And to eradicate bad smells simply pour boiling water down the sinkhole along with a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda.
Ditch dated food
For store cupboard items that are out of sight and out of mind, the likelihood is they will be out of date. Remove all items from your cupboards and check their sell-by-dates. Simply recycle or discard old products. Make sure you clean your cupboards inside and out before you put them back in, in an organised fashion (see next tip).
Store and order
If your pantry or cupboards have no order to them, now is the perfect time to get some. First, remove of all items and place onto your worktop or a kitchen table. Next, group them into categories, such as herbs and spices, sauces, cereals and so on. If you don’t want them sitting loose on the shelves, you can organise them in baskets, jars, or containers to keep them together along with DIY labels for you to spot what you need in an instant. Another handy tip is the use of turntables (or lazy Susans) which are especially handy in deep cupboards. Just spin the wheel to access what you need without having to reach right to the back.
If you’ve been putting off cleaning those large appliances for some time, then now is the time to apply yourself. Tackle the fridge by taking out the shelves and drawers to wash the individual components, as well as cleaning inside before you put it back together. Make sure you defrost the freezer if things are getting tight. The oven should also be addressed – use an oven cleaner or a mix of bicarbonate of soda and water overnight – then scrub clean the next day.
The little, but important things
They might not be as obvious, but there are smaller things in your kitchen that also need attention. Handles which you use every day are highly likely for grease, grime and germs to build up on them. Make sure these are on your checklist to clean. Stained coffee or teacups are another item that often gets forgotten and can look particularly dirty over time. Add some baking soda and a little water and scrub away. If you have a kettle, then don’t forget to use a descaler or natural alternative such as white vinegar and water and soak overnight to dissolve limescale – do this to avoid the white chalky bits from being poured into your morning brew.
Don’t forget the lights
There is no point in cleaning the whole kitchen without going to all heights. Spotlights can often have the odd cobweb clinging onto them and the glass may look a little murky over time. Give them a little wipe to make the glass shine. For pendants, which are notable for collecting dust, just use a feather duster to give them a quick clean.