When you are trying to thoroughly clean your kitchen this requires knowledge of many different cleaning skills. Since this room is the main area of the home for food preparations for you and your family, you will want to make sure that the areas involved such as the stove, refrigerator, microwave, sinks and countertops not only give the appearance of being clean, but are actually disinfected. When preparing various foods, it is easy to leave behind food particles that can make your family very ill. Things such as raw meat and chicken juices can cause food poison such as botulism, salmonella and e-coli poisoning.
Cleaning Your Kitchen Range
Ovens and stoves go through a great deal of abuse that may not be noticed by most people. There are countless amounts of backed on foods both onto of the stove and in the oven that many people just try to cover up. Cleaning your kitchen range does not have to cause you a great deal of time just to do it effectively. In fact you can actually clean your entire kitchen range in thirty minutes or less if you do it correctly.
Step 1. Gather the supplies you will need to clean your kitchen range thoroughly. This will include clean cloths, a toothbrush, newspaper, baking soda, vinegar, a scrubbing pad and plenty of warm water.
Step 2. Lay your newspaper on the floor in front of your kitchen range to prevent getting grease or other debris on your floor. This can ruin certain kitchen floors as well as make slip and fall hazards for traffic through your kitchen while you are working.
Step 3. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the inside of your oven. If you have grease or oil spots use enough to soak this up so you can wipe it away easily.
Step 4. Remove any burner rings and knobs if possible. You will need to soak these in hot water with a cup of vinegar. You will clean these last and replace them.
Step 5. Sprinkle baking soda around the burner areas of your stove and other areas you may have burnt on foods. Pour some vinegar on a clean cloth and begin wiping the baking soda. This combination will help to loosen hard dirt and debris areas. For tighter areas to reach you can use your toothbrush to scrub. If necessary you can use your scrubbing pad to help remove harder spots. Rinse away any loose debris with a clean wet cloth.
Step 6. Wipe down the entire stove top area with a clean wet cloth when you are done scrubbing. Make sure that you wipe the entire outer portion of your stove including areas such as the knob and control panels, the front of the oven door and the sides if necessary.
Step 7. Wipe out any grease or oil areas to avoid spreading them around on the interior of your oven. Using another rag saturated in vinegar, begin scrubbing out the oven area of your range. The combination of baking soda and vinegar may bubble but this is not harmful as this action helps to loosen baked on debris. Use your scrubbing pad to help with this if necessary.
Step 8. Wipe down the entire area of your oven’s interior with a clean, wet cloth. Make sure that you remove all debris including the baking soda.
Step 9. Scrub your burner rings and knobs to remove any grease or oil that gets deposited on them.
Step 10. When dry, replace the burner rings and knobs back onto your kitchen range where you removed them from.
Cleaning Your Refrigerator
Cleaning your refrigerator can be one of the most challenging tasks associated with cleaning your kitchen. To clean your refrigerator correctly you will need to remove all items from inside.
Step 1. Discard any outdated products or leftovers that are more than two days old as they are probably not going to get consumed and the risk of getting ill from them increases with passing time.
Step 2. Use a clean wet cloth to wipe down the interior of your refrigerator to remove any loose debris.
Step 3. Sprinkle baking soda around the inside of your refrigerator. This will act as an environmentally friendly alternative to an abrasive cleaner and helps to eliminate bad odors.
Step 4. Using a cloth that is dipped in vinegar, create a scrubbing cleanser to clean sticky spots or food deposits that are stuck on the inside of your refrigerator. Vinegar acts as a natural disinfectant.
Step 5. Wipe the entire interior of your refrigerator with a clean, web cloth until there is no baking soda or debris left on the inside.
Step 6. Replace the foods you are keeping back into the refrigerator.
Step 7. Wipe down the exterior surface of your refrigerator with a wet cleaning cloth.
Most microwave models can be cleaned by simply wiping them down with warm water. If you have stuck on food areas, you can use your baking soda and vinegar solution to clean these out easily. Make sure that you rinse out any baking soda with a clean wet cleaning cloth if needed.
Cleaning Kitchen Cupboards and Countertops
Using warm water and one cup of vinegar, wipe down your countertop areas. This will help to remove any remnants of food that may have gotten left behind from cooking or preparing foods. You can also use a mild cleanser if your prefer that is successful as removing germs and disinfecting your counter areas. Replace any items that you removed to clean your kitchen countertops making sure to wipe them down before returning them to their designated place.
You can wipe down the exterior surfaces of your cupboards to help maintain them and remove any dust or dirt build up that they may have. You may need to use a special wood soap if the manufacturer suggests it for your particular style cupboards.
Using a mixture of warm water and a mild detergent, wash your kitchen walls. This will help to brighten your kitchen area and remove any visible dirt marks that may be present. Make sure that you remove any items that may be hung on your walls and window coverings to protect these items.
Work in an up and down motion by saturating your cleaning rag with the water and soap mixture. This will help to prevent drip marks that can be noticeable.