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Your kitchen is the heart of the home and where you spend a lot of your time. I know things get crazy busy, and you often speed clean the kitchen and call it a day. But every now and then, we have to get in there and really deep clean to get rid of layers of dirt and grime. If you don’t know where to start, check out this thorough guide on how to deep clean your kitchen!
Deep cleaning the kitchen can be an overwhelming task and one of the hardest rooms in the home to thoroughly deep clean. It has more appliances and nooks and crannies than any other room, and since it’s one of the most used rooms in the home, it gets dirty FAST. It’s important to deep clean your kitchen every three to four months, or even more often if you have the time (who does, though?) If you dream of a completely clean kitchen but don’t know where to start, you have come to the right place! This post is a complete, thorough guide on how to deep clean your kitchen and finally get it fresh, smelling great, and clutter-free!
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How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen – A Thourough Guide
Now I want to warn you – deep cleaning the kitchen is not a quick task and this list can be overwhelming. Don’t be alarmed! I wanted to be thorough and provide you with all the information I could. If you need to break down this chore into hour increments during one day or spread it out through multiple days, that is COMPLETELY up to you! Now that I have given you that little disclaimer, let’s get started!
- A box and/or trash bag for clutter and expired products
- Microfiber cleaning cloths
- Deep cleaning brush set (toothbrush or sponge would work fine as well)
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
- Spray containers (plastic or glass work fine)
- Step stool
- Cleaning gloves
- Broom, handheld vacuum (or vacuum with a dust attachment), and mop
Things to Remember
- Always work top to bottom when cleaning your kitchen. This helps you work faster, more systematically and allows the dust to fall to the ground, which you can sweep and mop up at the very end.
- Clean the nastiest messes first to prevent spreading anything around.
- Don’t get distracted! Stay focused and get the job done.
- Be honest with yourself about how much time you’re going to work before getting tired. If you know you can only clean for thirty minutes, set a timer and clean for that full thirty minutes and come back later. Just know that deep cleaning is not a thirty-minute chore and you WILL need to dedicate more time to it than that. I dedicate a full day to deep cleaning my own kitchen, maybe more depending on how dirty it is.
- Even though we’ll be working with natural cleaners, I recommend wearing gloves. You never know what funky stuff may be hiding in your kitchen, and even DIY cleaners can dry out your skin. Protect yourself with a durable pair of gloves.
- Have fun with it! I love to put on music when I clean to help make the time go by faster!
Declutter & Put Away
Before you get started actually cleaning, it’s important to declutter and put away any item that doesn’t belong in the kitchen. Anytime I clean, I take a basket with me to corral items that don’t belong in that room and put them away, so do this before you start cleaning. I advise completely clearing your dining room table (or a nearby table if you don’t have one) because this is going to be the catch-all for your small appliances and anything on your counter. I 0 completely clearing off your surfaces to make cleaning easier. I also like to put my appliances on the table so that I can clean them later as well. Related: How to Declutter Your Kitchen in 6 Simple Steps
- All right, let’s start from the very top! Wipe down your light fixtures with your multi-purpose spray. If you have a ceiling fan in the kitchen, go ahead and dust that as well. Replace any lightbulbs if necessary.
- If you have space above your cabinets, clean this first as it collects a lot of dust. I like to use a handheld vacuum to get anything loose, and then wipe down the surface with the multi-purpose cleaner. If you have any items on top of your cabinets, dust them before you put them back.
- For the inside of the cabinets, remove everything and vacuum up any crumbs or loose dirt. Wipe down the inside with your multi-purpose spray and allow to dry before putting your items back.
- For the outside of the cabinets, there are many DIY recipes you could use to get rid of grime and grease. The one I recommend (using the least amount of products possible!) is a mixture of vinegar, hot water, and a tablespoon of dish soap (check out my favorite here). Spray on the door and let the mixture sit for 3-5 minutes before wiping away with your microfiber cloth.
- Bottoms and sides of cabinets – Nothing fancy here! Simply wipe down the areas with your multi-purpose spray.
- Launder your window treatments.
- Dust your blinds with a microfiber cloth or duster and wipe away any stains that may be on them.
- Remove all the dirt and dust before you spray a liquid to prevent a muddy mess. This means you need to open the window and clean the window tracks as well. Don’t forget to wipe down the window sill as well.
- Clean the windows! My favorite DIY glass cleaner comes from this website.
- Vacuum the walls with the dust attachment on your vacuum (or handheld vacuum if you have one).
- Create a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, ammonia, and warm water and put it in a spray bottle. You could also put it in a bucket, but I find a spray bottle works easier for me.
- Use a cloth or sponge to wipe down your walls in circular motions, working top to bottom.
- Rinse the walls with clean water and a separate cloth.
- Dry your walls with a dry, clean, cloth.
- Use a microfiber cloth and a multi-purpose cleaning spray to wipe down backsplash, counter surfaces, light switches, facets, knobs, handles, etc.
- Remove items from drawers and vacuum any crumbs or loose pieces. Wipe down the inside with a microfiber cloth and multi-purpose spray. Allow drawers to dry before returning your items.
- I use my wooden cutting boards on a daily basis, which means I clean them daily. When I clean them, I simply rinse them in warm water with dish soap and allow them to dry upright. However, every few weeks I like to deep clean them by sprinkling with coarse salt and rubbing with lemon. You could finish by coating the boards with mineral oil to prevent splitting and cracking. Wipe off the excess oil and allow the boards to dry upright. This process also works with bamboo cutting boards as well.
- Most plastic cutting boards are designed to be dishwasher safe, and this is the method I use when cleaning my plastic boards. However, if your cutting boards have stains on them, try filling your sink with hot water and adding a bit of bleach and allowing the boards to soak for five to ten minutes.
- For rubber cutting boards and flexible boards, simply wash with warm water and dish soap and allow to dry upright.
- Move any large appliances and sweep and/or vacuum the floors behind them. Wash the wall if needed.
- Remove all dishes and put away if needed. Take out the silverware rack and the bottom rack. Remove any food or yucky stuff that may be hiding in the bottom drain. Be sure to check this regularly – it could improve the drainage, increase the efficiency of the washer, and prevent damage.
- Place a dishwasher safe bowl or cup on the top rack and fill with vinegar. Vinegar will help loosen grime, sanitize your machine, and get rid of any odors. Run a cycle with hot water.
- After the water cycle, sprinkle the bottom with baking soda to further decrease odors and remove stains. Use a short cycle with hot water.
- Wipe down the sides and front of the dishwasher door with multi-purpose spray and a microfiber cloth.
- If you have any pots, pans, baking products, etc. at the bottom of the oven, go ahead and take them out. Remove the oven racks as well.
- Make a paste with baking soda and water. Start with a small bowl of baking soda and slowly add water until it becomes a spreadable consistency.
- Coat the entire interior of the oven, including the door with the paste. Don’t forget to use your gloves and steer clear of the heating elements!
- You can let this mixture sit anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.
- After you have let it set, it’s time to start scrubbing! This is going to require quite a built of elbow grease on your part. If there is anything stuck on, use your brush set to get it off. You could also spray a cloth with your multi-purpose spray and that should do the job.
- Keep wiping down with your water & vinegar spray until all of the baking soda is removed!
- While you are waiting for the mixture to work its magic, don’t forget to clean the hood and the oven racks as well. In order to clean the hood, simply boil some water and let the steam loosen up any dirt and grime. Simply wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
- My favorite tip when cleaning the oven racks is to wash them in the bathtub. You’ll need to mix hot water and a cup of laundry detergent and scrub the racks clean. You can let them sit for a few hours if desired. Rinse with water and dry.
- Put everything back in your oven and you’re done!
- I have a glass stove top, so I simply use my microfiber cloths and multi-purpose spray to clean this area. If you have a different stove top, you can use the same baking soda and water paste you made for the inside of the oven.
- Fill a microwave-safe bowl with vinegar and the juice of a lemon and place inside the microwave. Run the microwave for 5-10 minutes. The steam from the vinegar loosens grime and sanitizes the microwave. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe out. This method makes it so much easier to clean because all the food becomes loose after the vinegar session! If something isn’t coming off, you can use a multi-purpose spray to remove dirt. Use the cloth and spray to clean the outside. Wash, dry, and replace the glass tray.
Sink & Garbage Disposal
- Place some ice cubes down the garbage disposal with a cup of vinegar.
- Run cold water and turn on the garbage disposal to loosen up grime and sharpen the blades with the ice.
- Take the rinds from the lemon you used to clean the microwave and put them in the drain. Run the garbage disposal for about 30 seconds. This helps eliminate odors!
- Use your brush to scrub inside the drain and the splash guard to get rid of any extra grime.
- Take all of your food out of the fridge. Throw away anything that is expired, rancid, or has become a mess due to a leaky container.
- Remove all shelves and drawers. You don’t have to do this, but I recommend it for a DEEP clean!
- Wash all shelving and drawers with dish soap, cold water, and a cloth or sponge. As the shelf becomes room temperature, you can increase the temperature of the water if desired. If your shelves and drawers are large, you may need to clean them in your bathtub. Let them dry completely before putting them back into the fridge.
- Wipe the inside of the fridge with your multi-purpose spray. This may be a little “extra” but I wipe down bottles and containers as I put them back in the fridge as well. Since it’s only vinegar, it won’t harm you or your food!
- Wipe down the outside of the fridge as well and don’t forget the inside of the doors!
- I like to keep a small, open box of baking soda in the fridge to keep odors away.
- Remove all the food from your pantry, throwing away anything that is expired, rancid, or making a mess due to a leaky container.
- This is where I like to use my handheld vacuum to pick up crumbs, but this step isn’t necessary.
- Use a microfiber cloth and multi-purpose spray to completely clean the shelves, working top to bottom.
- Clean the containers as you return them back to the pantry.
- Toaster – Remove the crumb tray and shake empty over a trash can. Wash with soap and water and dry completely before inserting back into the toaster. Wipe down the outside of the toaster and dry completely.
- Coffee maker – Fill the chamber with 1:1 vinegar and water and run a cycle as if you are making coffee. Wipe down the outside and dry completely.
- Blender – Fill with hot water and a bit of dish soap and blend for 30 seconds.
- Food processors & mixers – Wash anything removable with soap and warm water.
- Instant pot or crock pot – Fill the inside with water, vinegar, and lemon. Allow the cookers to get hot enough to steam the inside. Dry completely.
- Other appliances – I don’t own a lot of appliances, so my advice is to read the instruction manual for best practices when it comes to cleaning them. At the very least – wipe down the appliances with a microfiber cloth and your multi-purpose spray.
- Sweep and mop your floors.
- Shake out your rugs and launder.
DEEP CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN – FINAL THOUGHTS
Wow! I know that was a lot of work. Now sit back and take a look at your clean kitchen and admire your hard work! Deep cleaning the kitchen is no easy feat but is so worth it to cook in a space that is clean and refreshed! YOU DIT IT!
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