Cleaning the kitchen may seem a daunting task. Break it up into manageable sections. Add some great music and you'll be coasting your way through the cleaning task. Scroll to Step 1 and let's get started.
Part One of Seven:
Cleaning the Stove TopEdit
1Wipe the burners. You have to clean your gas or electric burners every now and then. Gas burners can be removed and washed by hand with warm water and soap. If you are lucky to have gas burners that can go into the dishwasher, throw them in there after you scrub off excess food. For electric burners, wipe debris with a moist sponge..
- The type of grate determines how you wash your burners. If you have an uncoated grate, use a scouring pad to clean the grate. If you have a coated grate, use a soft sponge.
2Wipe the stove surface. Use a sponge and soap, or invest in some Clorox wipes to really break down those stains. If grease spills on your stovetop, clean it up right away because it becomes difficult to remove as it hardens.
3Remove the control knobs and wash them. Wash them in the sink using warm water and mild dish soap. Avoid using a soap that has abrasives or ammonia in it, as these components will wash away the markings on the knobs.
4Wipe the outside of the vent hood. Use a soapy cloth to clean the vent hood. Wash away the suds with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry cloth. Once a month, remove the vent filters and soak them in warm, soapy water. Gently scrub to clean, then let them dry thoroughly before putting them back.
- If you have a stainless steel hood, use a cleaning product meant to be used on stainless steel.
Part Two of Seven:
Cleaning the OvenEdit
1Clean the grates of the oven. Remove the grates from the oven. Fill a tub or bucket with warm, soapy water and soak the grates for several hours. Anything coated on the grates will be easier to scrub off. Use a scouring pad to scrub the grates.
2Give your oven a good cleaning. You should deep-clean your oven every few months, or as soon as it starts to smoke while you are cooking. An effective oven cleaning mixture is ¼ cup salt, ¾ cup baking soda, and ¼ cup water. Cover any bare metal or clog openings with foil so that they do not get damaged by the mixture.
- If you have an electric stove, remove the racks and put the oven on cleaning mode. When the cycle has ended, use a damp cloth to remove any residue left by the cleaning cycle.
3Spread the mixture all over the inside of the oven and let it remain overnight. Use a plastic spatula to remove the mixture. Wipe the oven clean with a rag. Replace the racks when they are dry.Advertisement
Part Three of Seven:
Cleaning Out the FridgeEdit
Cleaning the RefrigeratorEdit
1Remove all food from the fridge. Sort through each item. Throw out any items that have expired or gone bad. If possible, do this before going grocery shopping so that the old expired stuff can be thrown out, thus making space for new groceries.
- Combine two tablespoons baking soda and one quart water. Dip a sponge in the solution, then wipe down the entire surfaces of the fridge, making sure to scrub out sticky stains.
- Wipe down every drawer and shelf, not just the main part of the fridge.
2Wipe the solution away with a damp cloth. Dip a clean rag in water and wash away any residue left behind by the baking soda solution. Use a clean towel to dry each surface.
3Leave a box of baking soda in the fridge. If your fridge smells bad, open a box of baking soda and leave it in the fridge. Baking soda absorbs odors and makes your fridge smell fresh.Advertisement
Cleaning the FreezerEdit
1Clean out the freezer. First, unplug the refrigerator. After you have done this, remove your frozen items. Throw out expired items and put the rest in a cooler while you clean.
2Cleaning solution. Combine 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon dish soap, and 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Shake the solution well. If possible, put the solution in a spray bottle so you can just spray the whole freezer.
3Spray the freezer with the mixture. Be sure to dowse every surface. If you don’t have a spray bottle, dip a clean rag or sponge in the mixture and wipe down every surface. After the freezer has been wiped down, dry it off with paper towels. Plug the refrigerator back in and restore your frozen goods to their proper places.Advertisement
Part Four of Seven:
Cleaning Cabinets and CountersEdit
1Clean out your cabinets. Whether they contain food, kitchen supplies, or your secret stash of candy, clean your cabinets out every once in a while. Throw away expired items and wipe the cabinets with a wet, soapy rag to remove dust and crumbs.
2Clean the front of your cabinets. Grime and grease can build up on the fronts of cabinets. Wipe them down with a wet rag and dry them thoroughly to avoid any color distortion.
- If you have wooden cabinets, consider using a cleaning supply specifically made for wood.
3Wipe down your counters. You should do this every night after you are done cooking. Use a sponge and soapy water to wipe counters down. Wipe them dry with a clean rag or paper towels.
- You could also buy some cleaning supplies to wipe your counters down with. There are many anti-bacterial sprays, disposable wipes and de-greasing products.
- If your counters are made with granite or stone, you should use cleaning supplies specifically made for that kind of countertop.
Part Five of Seven:
Cleaning the SinkEdit
1Wash all of your dishes. Either rinse dirty dishes and cups and put them in the dishwasher, or wash them in the sink. Make sure to do this before you start cleaning the sink.
2Wipe the basin and fixtures of the sink. To avoid mold growth or water stains, wash the basin with warm, soapy water and a sponge. Rinse along the edge of the basin, as well. Remove water stains from the fixtures.
3Clean around the faucet. To clean hard to reach crannies of the faucet, use a toothbrush dipped in warm, soapy water. Buff out any water spots left behind with a dry cloth.
4Get rid of mineral deposits. If your water has a high mineral content, you may notice a mineral deposits. To get rid of these deposits, combine one part water with one part white vinegar. Gently scrub away the deposit with a rag. Rinse the area and let it dry.
5Keep your garbage disposal working properly. If your sink is having a hard time draining, run the garbage disposal to get rid of anything that might be lurking down there. Its important to sanitize your disposal once in a while as well. Make frozen cubes of vinegar in an ice tray, drop them down the disposal, then pour boiling water into it as you run the disposal. This will also sharpen your garbage disposal’s blades.Advertisement
Part Six of Seven:
Cleaning Smaller AppliancesEdit
2Consult appliance manuals on the best way to clean small appliances. While you can simply wipe each part of an appliance (aside from the electrical part) you should always consult the manual that came with the appliance. Appliances you should clean include:
3Keep all of the appliance parts together. When you clean your appliances, make sure you know where each part goes. Do not lose any parts of the appliance. Clean each appliance one at a time so as not to get confused.Advertisement
Part Seven of Seven:
1Sweep the floor with broom and dustpan. Before you deep clean your floor, sweep any specks of dust, crumbs, and garbage that might be on the floor.
2Mop your floor when necessary. Use a mop and bucket of soapy water to deep clean your floor.
3Put everything back in its proper place. After you have finished cleaning, put all cleaning supplies back in their proper place so that you don't trip over them.
4Take out the trash. Last of all, take out the trash. You should do this last because while you are cleaning you will undoubtedly find things you will want to throw away. Wash the trash can with soap and water. Replace the bag with a new one.Advertisement
What natural products can I use to clean my oven? What products should you use to clean a kitchen?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Baking soda and water can be used to clean the oven, safely and naturally and without toxic fumes. To clean the oven: Combine baking soda and a small amount of water to make a paste. Apply paste to walls of the oven. Sprinkle dry baking soda on the bottom of the oven. Spray dry baking soda with a little water. Let sit over night. Wipe out in the morning.
How can I care for the kitchen, not the appliances or utensils?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Pull the appliances out and wash underneath the appliances monthly, as this reduces unpleasant smells. Keep the floor mopped every few days. Wipe the windows occasionally. Clean the counter tops after each use.
To clean a kitchen, start by cleaning all of the appliances, like the oven, microwave, and stovetop, by wiping them down with a soapy cloth or sponge. You should also empty the fridge, wipe it down, and throw away any food that's expired. After that, clean out the cabinets and wipe them down, along with the countertops. Next, wash any dishes in the sink and clean the sink with a sponge and some white vinegar. Finish up by sweeping and mopping the floors.
- Regularly replace cleaning materials such as rags and sponges, to avoid contamination.
- Play music while you clean to keep yourself motivated and entertained.
- Clean the kitchen frequently so you don't have to do big jobs.
- Use a disinfectant such as Lysol, 409, or Fantastic.
- Cover the tops of your kitchen cabinets with wax paper if they do not go all the way to the ceiling; it will collect grease and dirt. When dirty, just discard and replace.
- If you have a cleaning sponge that is still good but needs cleaning, kill bacteria microwave the sponge when it is soaked full of water for one to two minutes (watching it carefully to ensure that it doesn't dry out and catch on fire), or place the sponge in the dishwasher for a full cleaning cycle.
- Never mix products that contain bleach with products that contain ammonia. The mixture makes a very poisonous gas.
- Never cook and clean at the same time; poisons may contaminate food.
- Keep all cleaning supplies and chemicals away from children and pets.
- Don't use bleach on dark or wooden floors.
Things You'll NeedEdit
- Dish soap
- Kitchen cleanser
- Glass cleaner
- Baking soda
- Cloths or rags
- Kitchen spray
- Sponge for washing dishes
- Paper towels
- Floor cleaner
- Abrasive sponge or steel wool
- Floor squeegee
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