Whether cleaning is your strong suit or not it can be hard to keep things in order all the time. It probably comes as no surprise that the kitchen is one of the least desirable rooms to spring clean and reorganise. Whilst we all have a baseline level of neatness in the kitchen we aim to maintain throughout the year, the reality is that a seasonal clean is needed at least once a year.
With that said, after thoroughly cleaning the kitchen, cleaning other rooms in the house are a breeze in comparison. Plus let’s be honest, there is something that can be said for having a spotless, well organised kitchen. Not only does it make your overall home feel nicer to live in, the previous obstacles preventing you from enjoying your time in the kitchen are gone!
We recommend structuring your kitchen spring clean and following these steps that ensure that you are not having to go over completed components of the clean.
- Gather all of your cleaning products
- Clean any dishes dry and put them away
- Empty your dishwasher
- Remove any clutter that does not belong in the kitchen
- Collect any linen and send to the laundry
- Take out any rugs and mats
- Setup a box for binnable items
- Setup a separate box for donatable items
- Dust down any ceiling, cornices and fans for cobwebs
- Wipe down both sides of a ceiling fan (if there is one of course)
- Dust the top of any cabinetry
- Remove any compost, rubbish and recycling from the kitchen
2. Drawers & Cabinets
- Empty one draw at a time
- Take out all items sorting what to keep, bin or donate
- Wipe the empty draw out
- Replace any worn draw liners (if any)
- Clean any draw organisation tools
- Neatly return items into the draw
- Close the draw and wipe down the face and draw knobs removing any dirt and marks.
- Pull out all the items
- Throw out any food that has expired, is stale or inedible
- Identify unopened items that you don’t want and put them in the donation box
- Transfer open items into containers or jars
- Replace any worn shelf liners (if any)
- Clean any shelf organisers
- Neatly return items into the pantry
- Close the draw and wipe down the pantry door removing any dirt and marks.
- Clean the inside and outside of the oven door
- Take out all the grates and wash
- Using an oven cleaner spray the oven and scrub the inside of the oven thoroughly and wiping away all remnants from the clean with a dry cloth or paper towel
- Wipe down any knobs on the oven face.
- Starting with the rangehood, clean both the inside and outside of it
- Take any brackets and supporting grates off the cooktop and clean
- Clean the cooktop thoroughly, removing any knobs or components to clean any hard to get dirt, oil and foodstuff that has built up over time.
- Once complete return all cooking grates to their position.
6. Countertop & Benchtops
- Empty out any utensil holder, sorting, cleaning & replacing utensils accordingly
- Wipe down appliances and placing any ones infrequently used into a cupboard
- Unplug the toaster from the outlet and shake out all crumbs and clean toaster tray
- Clean the microwave inside & out
- If you have a knife block, wipe it down and sharpen your knives whilst at it
- Clean your fruit bowl
- Wipe down all benchtops and any backsplashes.
7. Fridge & Freezer
- Emptying all the contents from both the fridge and freezer, sort out what has expired or is inedible
- Wipe down shelves and wash ice cube trays
- Pull out all drawers, washing them and returning to their position
- Return food back into the fridge in an orderly manner
- Remove any recycle outdated papers attached to the exterior of the fridge
- Finally, wipe down the exterior of the fridge.
8. Sink & Dishwasher
- Scrub and polish the sink, faucet and taps
- Throw away any dated sponges and brushes
- Wash any dish drying rack
- Empty the food trap in the dishwasher
- Run the cleaning cycle on the dishwasher
- Once complete wipe down the inside and outside of the dishwasher.
9. Windows, Switches & Floors
- Wipe down the windows and window sills
- Wipe down all switchplates
- Sweep & vacuum floor
- Finally, mop the floor and once dry, you have completed a spring clean of the kitchen.