A great place to start cleaning is with your kitchen backsplash. You’ll need cleaning spray and a slightly abrasive brush or sponge. You can pick up a bottle of stainless steel cleaner or glass cleaner for a metal or glass backsplash. Otherwise, you can make a simple solution of one part water and one part vinegar to deal with most of your backsplash stains.
If you have an electric stovetop, you should only need a rag or sponge and some warm soapy water for cleaning. If there’s gunk built up over time or stains that don’t want to come out, try mixing half a cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to form a paste, and then scrub the dirty areas with a rag and your baking soda paste.
Gas stovetops can be easier to clean than electric stoves because you don’t have to worry so much about scratching the stovetop. Remove the grates and drip pans and soak them in warm water, then wash them with a brush and dish soap. Take a rag and warm soapy water or baking soda paste and scrub out any gunk that might be remaining on the stovetop.
You might be wiping down your counters every day, but gunk can still accumulate over time, especially in the corners. Wipe down your counters with a wet rag as you usually would, but make sure you really get down in the corners with your fingernail and scrub hard at any spots that feel crusty under the rag. This is also a good time to sanitize your counters with a food-safe sanitizing spray.
Inside the fridge
An essential part of cleaning your kitchen is cleaning the inside of your fridge, as spoiled food can go to waste or cause food poisoning. Start by removing all the food from your fridge and discarding anything that is rotten or expired. Then, remove any shelves you can, and clean them in your sink with dish soap and a sponge.
Anything you can’t remove from the fridge can be wiped down with a hot sponge or rag. Finally, replace the shelves and all your food, putting the oldest food in the front of the fridge and newer items further from expiration in the back.
Your kitchen sink will get dirty from washing your rag while cleaning all your other surfaces, so take the spray nozzle and spray all around the side of the sink. Use a sponge to clean off any dried food that might be stuck to the side.
The last element of your kitchen you want to clean is the floor. It’s best to save the floor for last because it will accumulate some of the grime you wipe off other surfaces during your kitchen cleaning. Sweep what you can, and then mop or spot-mop your floor with a rag. A solution of vinegar and water can be great for this too, and you can try mixing in some fragrance oil for a pleasant smell afterward.
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