Cleaning Guide - Kitchen

Spring, summer, autumn or winter – there is never a bad time or season to do a good, thorough kitchen clean.

But where to begin? There is a lot in the kitchen – large appliances, small appliances, surfaces, pots and pans, cupboards and drawers, plus the floor – and each element requires a different kind of attention.

Therefore, we have put together the ultimate cleaning guide for you.

kitchen cleaning guide

Cleaning Inside Out

A good place to start is inside the fridge and freezer (link to fridge cleaning guide) and cabinets. Clear everything out and wipe down with a damp cloth and an all-purpose cleaner of your choice. Make sure to dispose of anything out of date and, while you’re at it, it’s a good idea to get rid of anything you haven’t used in months – as you probably won’t use it again and it’s just taking up precious space!

Microwave & Dishwasher

Here’s a great tip for cleaning your microwave: simply add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice to 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl and put it in the microwave for five minutes. The steam will condense on the interior, making the residue easy to wipe away with just a soft cloth.

Cleaning the dishwasher is also as easy as tossing in a cup of vinegar (link to cleaning blogpost) and running it on the longest, hottest cycle. Just make sure the dishwasher is empty when you do this!

Oven & Cooktop

Ovens and cooktops can get very nasty if not cleaned on a regular basis. It is best to start by soaking the cooktop in all-purpose cleaner to loosen the grime. Let it soak for about 10 minutes, then get to work scrubbing! For the oven, you can use an oven cleaner, but if you want something natural that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, try baking soda and vinegar! Coat the inside of the oven with a paste made from baking soda and water and let it sit overnight, then clean it the next day with a cloth soaked in vinegar.

Surfaces

Surfaces should be wiped down regularly, ideally every day. If you cook no more than one meal a day at home then you can probably get away with slightly less regular cleaning. And don’t forget the walls!

With small appliances, always unplug them before giving them a wipe down. When emptying out the toaster crumb tray, get rid of remaining rogue crumbs by carefully picking up the toaster and holding it upside down over the garbage. Give it a slight shake to get them all out.

Another big one is the undersides and tops of your cabinets because this is where cooking really leaves its unappetising traces. You won’t believe how much grease gathers in these hard-to-see places. A good old tip to save yourself the clean next time is to lay newspaper on top of cupboards – when it gets grimy, simply swap it for a new, clean layer of paper.

Floor

Leave the floor to last because while you’re cleaning everything else, dirt will be falling all over the place. If doing a very thorough clean, make sure to get under the large appliances – like the fridge and dishwasher – as well. For the best clean, use hot water, and lots of it, to soak the floor first. Then mop up with dry mop – this way the mop won’t get as dirty and the floor will dry quicker when you’re done!

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