This post is Part 2 of our Spring Cleaning Series.
If your home is like mine, then your kitchen is more than just a place to prepare food… it is where everyone winds up hanging out when you entertain guests. Getting the kitchen in good order not only makes food preparation more efficient and enjoyable, but it also creates a warm, friendly place for friends to hang out while you finish up the hors d’oeuvres and get the party going! Check out these tips to get your kitchen ready for your spring and summer fun!
- Wash walls and baseboards with a sponge and warm, lightly soapy water.
- Remove all items from your cabinets and cupboards and wipe down the cabinet surfaces thoroughly with warm soapy water and a sponge.
- Clean counter-tops and back-splash.
- Clean your hanging light fixtures.
- Clean behind refrigerator and any other large movable appliances, like a rolling dishwasher.
- Clean the coils on your refrigerator. Do this once a year! It will help extend the life of your refrigerator by allowing it to work less to cool more efficiently. It isn’t as scary as it might sound. Here is a great little video to show you how to do it.
- Clean your floor:
- Sweep up first with a broom and dustpan.
- Vinyl Floor: Just use a regular old mop and warm, soapy water.
- Ceramic Tile: Same as cleaning a Vinyl floor.
- Wood Laminate: It is best to use a solution of one-cup vinegar to every gallon of water. Use a damp cloth – not a mop. Soaking a wood laminate floor with a mop and a bunch of water can damage it! Dry the floor with a cloth.
- Hardwood Floor: Again, don’t mop with water – you can damage or permanently discolor the wood! Use a micro-fiber mop and a hardwood floor cleaner, like Murphy’s Oil Soap.
- Now is a good time to treat your wood cutting boards, if you use them. Never soak wooden cutting boards in water as they will warp. Just wash them the way you normally would and give them a good coating with a food-safe oil, like mineral oil. Make sure the board is completely dry before you attempt to apply any sealing oil. Some chefs prefer a mixture of bee’s wax and mineral oil. Let the oil set for a while – overnight is best, but at least a couple of hours – before you wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Allowing the oil to set for a while will help it penetrate the wood more efficiently for better protection. A properly maintained wooden cutting board can last for many years. I have two – one for meats and one for vegetables. If you use plastic cutting boards (I have a few of those lying around too), just wash them in warm soapy water.
- If you have a kitchen fire extinguisher, check your owner’s manual and perform any checks that are recommended by the manufacturer. You should also test the batteries in your kitchen’s smoke detector. You DO have a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector in your kitchen, don’t you?
Download our Spring Cleaning Kitchen Checklist in PDF format to help you get started!
Tune in next week for Part Three of our Spring Cleaning series: Living and Dining Areas.