Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cleaning The Kitchen

The kitchen is the most time consuming area to do a deep clean. There are so many cupboards, so many products, glassware and the like. so, let's get started.
If doing one cupboard at a time, this will take weeks, which is fine, the important thing is to get it thoroughly cleaned atleast once/year, then keep it up as you go throughout the year.
*Before you start, gather your cleaning supplies and a pen and paper to jot down products/foods you need to replace as you toss expired items.
* Wipe down cupboards inside and out, taking care to remove spilled food particles and fingerprints.
* Take everything off the shelves and/or out of the drawers. Toss what is broken or you don't use. Condense foodstuffs into one bottle/jar. Toss out expired food items.
* Clean appliances.
-Refrigerator: Use 1T. baking soda in 1Qt. water. Wash every shelf and bin with wet rag and dry with soft cloth. Your cleaning toothbrush will come in handy with small areas between shelves. Vacuum coils of frig.
-Microwave: the easiest appliance to clean. First of all, wipe down the microwave after spills. This avoids the issues you may have when you deep clean. Now for the deep clean; place a one cup measuring cup filled with water in the microwave and start it for 2 minutes. That will create enough steam to clean the inside. Gently wipe out the interior of the oven with a soft cloth. If you have stubborn stains, remove with a paste of baking soda and water. This non-abrasive paste will remove the toughest of baked on foods.
-Stove: Take racks out before you self-clean oven. Wipe down with very wet rag, then start the self clean. The steam will aid in the cleaning process. While oven is self cleaning, wash racks. When the self clean cycle is finished and oven cool to touch, wipe down the inside of the oven with cloth of baking soda solution and polish dry. A straight edge window scraper and "409" will come in handy to help get off stubborn baked on grease spills, especially on the door. Use gently so you don't cut any gaskets.
-Dishwasher: Dishwashers get cruddy with all the food spills. Wipe down the edge inside and and out, using 25%chlorine bleach and 75%water and a toothbrush for the tight areas. Empty the catch-all basket.
Today's dishwasher uses far less dishwasher detergent than earlier models. They also use less water. To get maximum results from you dishwasher, before you start it, run the hot water in your sink. Secondly, use only 1 T. dishwasher detergent. Once a week, use 1 cup of white vinegar when you run your dishwasher. This will help clean the glasses and will keep the dishwasher lines free from soap and mineral deposits.
Once you are finished with your kitchen deep clean, it is much easier to keep up on a daily/weekly basis.
If in doubt, throw it out.

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