The cold, dark days of winter are almost over, you’ve put your holiday decorations in storage, and you’re probably starting to wear less bulky clothes (or at least you were a couple of weeks ago before Mother Nature decided to remind the Bay Area what a cold wind can really do). That’s right–spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Spring Cleaning! I know I’m not a big fan of it, but after months of closed windows and mud tracked in from the sporadic rain we get here, it is a necessary evil. However, it doesn’t have to be as painful as many people make it out to be, and we want to help you figure out the best ways to make your spring cleaning as painless as possible. Each week leading up to spring, we will provide you with some helpful tips about how to keep your house clean to simplify your spring cleaning.
First up: The Kitchen
- Start with your kitchen, but leave your stove for last. Just as you start your cleaning remove your drip pans, which if they’re anything like mine they are dirty and disgusting because you’ve forgotten to rescue all the food that has fallen in them, so they’re full of the ashy remains of the mac and cheese you made last month as well as whatever sauces or gravies you made recently, and soak them. Do the same for any removable knobs. You can come back to these after you’ve tackled the rest of the kitchen.
- The kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest parts of your home (even dirtier than your toilet bowl, so maybe we should really start cleaning it more often). According to Women’s Day Magazine, you should first clean your sink with soap and water, then after it dries, mist it with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (separately please–NEVER MIX THEM!).
- Give your dishwasher a quick cleaning. Wipe down any food/drink stains with a wet sponge and if you want to take your cleaning to the next level (especially during flu season), mix some bleach in with your regular dishwasher liquid, which will kill any bacteria lingering on your dishes.
- Don’t forget your garbage disposal! Because you’re constantly throwing leftover food down it, the disposal can be really messy. To give it a good cleaning, throw in a cut up lemon, some salt, and ice cubes. While the ice and salt cleans away food residue, the lemon will get rid of any lingering odors.
***BONUS TIP*** Soak your dirty pots and pans before you sit down to eat, so any stuck on foods will be easier to remove once you’ve finished eating.
TO BE CONTINUED
Check back next week for the best ways to clean your bathroom!