Spring Cleaning – Kitchen

One of the best spots to spring clean is the kitchen. Of course, there are so many places you could start. The fridge? The pantry? The floor? Well, I don’t know about you, but I like to get some quick wins right from the start.

For me, that means wiping down all the big appliances until they’re nice and shiny: the oven, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.

Then I like to wipe down the microwave really well. Y’all probably already know about creating steam by microwaving a bowl of water for 3-5 minutes before wiping it down to loosen up any crud in there. I thought this worked OK, but then I found out that you should leave the door closed for about 15 minutes. That was a game changer. The steam really had time to get the inside door and ceiling nice and wet, so that everything just wiped clean. You can also put a sliced lemon in the bowl or an essential oil if you’d like to add some scent to your space at the same time.

Next, make sure to wipe down all your cabinets and cabinet door handles.

Once the appliances and surfaces of your kitchen are nice and clean, you’ll be ready to tackle other spots, like organizing your Tupperware drawer and cleaning out your pantry. Meanwhile, try to start using up some of those items in your pantry that have been in the back for a while. You’ll hopefully have to throw out fewer things when you get to the pantry. I like to extend the amount of time between grocery visits or just grab the essentials, like milk, eggs and bread for a few weeks while I get creative with all the random cans of vegetables, sauces and pastas hidden away. You never know, you might just create a new recipe in the process.

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