Spring clean your kitchen

spring clean your kitchenIt’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:

  1. Preheat the oven to 65oC.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil in an oven safe pot or dish.
  3. Pour 1 cup of ammonia into another oven safe bowl or baking dish and place it on the top rack of the oven.
  4. Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack.
  5. Close the oven door and leave overnight.
  6. The next day, remove both pot of water and set aside the bowl of ammonia for later use.
  7.  Remove the baking racks and leave the oven door open to air out for 15 minutes.
  8. Add a few drops dish washing liquid to the ammonia and a cup of warm water.
  9. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Using warm soapy water, wipe down the microwave oven walls.
  3. Rinse and dry with a clean dishcloth.

Step 4: The sink

Give your sink more than a wash, give it a good sanitising!

  1. 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.
  2. Use baking soda to scrub the sink to remove any remaining build-up. Rinse thoroughly.
  3. You can even shine your sink with glass cleaning spray! Just remember to wipe and dry well after use.
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9 Comments on “Spring clean your kitchen”

  1. June 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I tried the lemon tip and that works wonders for me. It didn’t take so much effort to do the clean up. :)

    I do some kitchen spring cleaning every month as I want to make sure that I keep it clean and remove expired items especially the canned supplies.

  2. June 28, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    The cleaning advice for the oven worked wonders on my oven, and it was so simple! Thanks!

  3. July 11, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    I really need to clean out my fridge and freezer I just keep avoiding it! I will have to keep your tips in mind when I finally do it!

  4. July 28, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Liquid soap with lemon is a great way to clean microwave.I like to clean it weekly and we should use this microwave. regularly because otherwise some insect may enter into it.I am feeling good to read this blog.

  5. July 30, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    My kitchen is in dire need of a deep clean. I will keep these tips in mind, Thanks!

  6. January 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Somehow, this is always one of those jobs that I stop myself from doing until I really have to, and it’s a shame really because I love the way that my kitchen looks when it’s all done and sorted out. These tips are really good, and your blog is something that people could certainly learn a lot from. One of the things that I dread the most is the tins cupboard, because I just know that when I look to the back of it there are going to be things that I should have thrown out years ago. If you tidy that cupboard, make sure you put things that need using first right at the front – that way you can be sure that they’re going to be used and not just wasted.

  7. March 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with valuable information to paintings on. You have performed a formidable task and our entire neighborhood can be grateful to you.

  8. April 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    Nice tips thanks

  9. June 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Very great post with excellent and insightful information. Thanks for sharing.

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