Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Cleaning - Room by Room

Hi! Hope you're having a great week and enjoying the beginning of Spring!
We'll continue with our Spring Cleaning and today we'll talk about...

It might sound a little overwhelming but once you start it's actually kinda fun!  And believe me, it pays off the hard work so here we go!
Make sure you have all your cleaning supplies with you: Vinegar, Baking Soda, Natural-Non Toxic All Purpose Cleaner, Degreaser, Oven Cleaner (you will love this one the only natural product I've found that actually works on oven), Dish soap, a Small Brush.

1. Oven: Spray Natural-Non Toxic degreaser or all purpose cleaner in oven and sprinkle baking soda creating a paste or you can apply this paste and let it soak while you do other areas.

2.  Refrigerator:  Make sure you throw away everything that's expired or you can't recall when you bought it (it's probably expired). Take all items out and wash trays and drawers with dish soap and warm water. You can do one tray at a time so you don't have your counter full of food and then you don't know how to get them back in the fridge.  Clean both sides and back of it too.
I like this drawers a lot, it makes your refrigerator look more organized specially when you have kids and there's a lot of snacks, juice boxes, etc.

Images via Container Store

3. Microwave: Put a microwave safe bowl with water and lemon and boil it for about 3 minutes, carefully take it out and wash inside (sides and top) with sponge or microfiber cloth and little dish soap or non-toxic all purpose cleaner. Wash plate with soap and warm water.

4. Dishwasher:  First clean bottom of your dishwasher with a damped microfiber cloth.  Put a cup of vinegar on the bottom and run it on a regular cycle.  This will clean and disinfect your dishwasher.

5. Cabinets: Clean outside of your cabinets with a damped microfiber cloth and soap.  Wipe down or wash silverware tray as this tends to get a little dirty.

6. Now you can go back to oven and scrub with a sponge or brush and warm-hot water.  Clean the rest of paste with a damped microfiber cloth.
Tip: Put some aluminum foil on the racks before you bake or cook next time to prevent spills.

7. Clean appliances:  Coffee maker, run the coffee maker with clean water only as if you were making coffee.  Toaster,  clean the tray that traps crumbs, usually this is removable so it's easier to wash it with some soap and warm water.

8. Clean Counter Tops:  Use a microfiber cloth or sponge with dish soap or Degreaser to clean counter top making sure you also wipe under and behind appliances.

9. Vacuum and mop and you're all done!  Good job!

all white kitchen

Image Via House Beautiful

So tell me, is it really overwhelming cleaning your kitchen?  Do you have a system that you'd like to share with us?  Let us know, we'd love to here from you!


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