It’s that time of the year again when apart from parties and gatherings, the inevitable thoughts of spring cleaning start to creep in. Get a head start by starting early! This 5-step process breaks up the process into manageable daily steps. Get set, get clean!
Step 1: The pantry & daily use condiments
Check all your tins, dried goods, sauces and other packaged food staples for their expiry dates. This not only helps you repack your shelves, but do a stocktake too! Don’t forget to clean up the daily-use sauces and seasonings that are left near or next to your stove. Use warm soapy water to clean the lips, edges and surfaces of sauces and condiments containers to remove oily and sticky residue.
Step 2: The fridge & freezer
Do the same inventory and expiry date check on the food in your fridge. Again, use warm soapy water to wipe containers. Remember to use an icebox or Styrofoam container to store cold items while you clean the fridge!
Step 3: The oven
Take a day to give your oven a good thorough scrub and clean. For a homemade concoction without the chemicals, try this method:
- Preheat the oven to 65oC.
- Bring a pot of water to boil in an oven safe pot or dish.
- Pour 1 cup of ammonia into another oven safe bowl or baking dish and place it on the top rack of the oven.
- Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack.
- Close the oven door and leave overnight.
- The next day, remove both pot of water and set aside the bowl of ammonia for later use.
- Remove the baking racks and leave the oven door open to air out for 15 minutes.
- Add a few drops dish washing liquid to the ammonia and a cup of warm water.
- Wearing gloves, dip a heavy-duty sponge pad to wipe away the grime.
Step 4: The microwave
3 minutes is all you need to freshen and clean your microwave.
- Place lemon slices and in a mug of water and cook on high for 3 minutes. Leave the mug in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Using warm soapy water, wipe down the microwave oven walls.
- Rinse and dry with a clean dishcloth.
Step 4: The sink
Give your sink more than a wash, give it a good sanitising!
- Fill the sink to the brim with very hot water and add one cup of regular bleach. Soak for 1 hour. Drain and rinse thoroughly.
- Use baking soda to scrub the sink to remove any remaining build-up. Rinse thoroughly.
- You can even shine your sink with glass cleaning spray! Just remember to wipe and dry well after use.