Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 2: Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and a great place for family togetherness in the midst of this self-quarantine. Let’s give this room a little TLC with day 2 of our spring cleaning challenge! Check below for your cleaning details, plus a DIY dish soap recipe using some of our favorite essential oils to help you get started!
- Clean the fridge and freezer inside and out
- Clear out and organize the pantry
- Wipe down and disinfect the trash can
- Clean the microwave inside and out
- Wipe down appliances and counters
- Clean the oven and stovetop
- Clean the dishwasher inside and out
- Wash dishes and scrub down the sink (Tip: Try this DIY Sink Refresher recipe for extra help!)
Fresh n’ Fruity DIY Dishsoap
What You’ll Need:
- 15 drops Citrus Blend
- 6 drops Bergamot FCF
- 6 drops Lavender
- 1 cup Liquid Castile Soap
- 1 cup Warm Water
- In a large measuring cup, combine ingredients and stir well to incorporate.
- Carefully pour the mixture into a 16oz squeeze bottle.
- Shake before each use. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of the mixture into your dishwasher detergent dispenser, and wash as normal. Store the bottle in a cool, dark place when not in use.
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A Fresh Start: Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 2 - The Kitchen
Spring has always heralded new beginnings. It's the season where nature sheds its winter weariness, and everything seems to come alive. Just as trees sprout new leaves, our homes deserve a fresh start. And what better place to begin than the kitchen, the heart and soul of a house?
Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 2: Kitchen
Why the kitchen? The answer is simple. A clean kitchen is about hygiene and setting a positive vibe for the entire house. Day 2 of our challenge focuses on turning your kitchen into a sparkling, organized, delightful space.
Preparing for the Challenge
Before diving headfirst into the cleaning spree, gathering your troops is wise. By troops, I mean your cleaning supplies, of course!
Gathering Essential Supplies
A mop, a good scrub, cleaning agents, microfiber cloths, and perhaps some gloves. Having all these at arm's reach ensures you won't be scurrying around looking for them mid-clean.
Creating a Cleaning Checklist
Jot down all the areas in your kitchen that need attention. Trust me, ticking off tasks gives a sense of accomplishment!
Organizing Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
If your kitchen cabinets could talk, they'd scream for a declutter. Let's silence that plea.
Sorting Out Unused Items
It's time to let go from that juicer you never used to those mismatched forks. Remember, the less clutter, the easier the cleaning.
Wiping Down and Re-arranging
Once empty, give those shelves a good wipe. As you place items back, think of accessibility. The stuff you use daily should be within easy reach.
Deep Cleaning the Refrigerator
Ah, the fridge, a treasure trove of leftovers and, unfortunately, forgotten items.
Emptying and Sorting
Take everything out. Check expiration dates and bid farewell to any item past its prime.
Wiping Shelves and Drawers
Using a mild detergent, wipe down every nook and cranny. Oh, the satisfaction of a gleaming fridge!
Addressing the Oven and Stovetop
These often-overlooked areas need some tender loving care, too.
Before you start scrubbing away, pre-treat any stubborn stains. A baking soda paste works wonders.
Scrubbing and Rinsing
Using a scrub, work on the stains. For finishes, wipe with a damp cloth.
Dusting Off Kitchen Appliances
From toasters to mixers, these little helpers need a clean-up, too.
Cleaning Small Appliances
Unplug and clean with a damp cloth. For any stubborn spots, a little vinegar will do the trick.
Maintaining Large Appliances
Your dishwasher, microwave, and coffee machine also deserve a deep clean. Check their manuals for cleaning instructions.
Scrubbing Floors and Countertops
Your kitchen surfaces have seen spills of all kinds.
Choosing the Right Cleanser
Natural stone, wood, and tile all demand different cleaners. Ensure you're using the right one.
Techniques for Stubborn Stains
A paste of baking soda and water often helps in lifting stubborn stains.
The Importance of Sink and Faucet Cleaning
Your sink sees more dirty dishes and leftovers than any other place.
Clearing Drains and Disposals
A mixture of baking soda and vinegar can clear minor blockages.
Polishing to a Shine
Once cleaned, polish your faucets and handles. They'll shine like never before!
Creating a Routine for Future Cleaning
To ensure your kitchen remains pristine, set up a cleaning routine.
Weekly Maintenance Tips
Quick sweeps, countertop wipes, and sink cleaning can work wonders.
Monthly Deep Clean Suggestions
Consider deep cleaning your oven fridge and clearing out pantries at least once a month.
Why is kitchen cleaning essential during spring?
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and spring is about new beginnings. A clean kitchen sets a positive tone for the entire house.
How often should I clean my kitchen?
While daily tidying up is necessary, a deep clean can be done once a month.
What's the best natural cleaner for kitchen surfaces?
A mixture of vinegar and water or baking soda paste are excellent natural cleaners.
How do I maintain a clutter-free kitchen?
Regularly declutter, organize your items, and ensure everything has a designated place.
Are natural cleaners as effective as chemical ones?
Natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda are incredibly effective for most kitchen cleaning tasks.
How do I ensure the longevity of my kitchen appliances?
Regular cleaning, following the manufacturer's instructions, and avoiding misuse can ensure longevity.
Wrapping up Spring Cleaning Challenge Day 2
So, as we wrap up Day 2, take a moment to admire your gleaming kitchen. It's about cleanliness and the joy and pride of accomplishing a task. Ready for the next challenge?
The journey of spring cleaning is as rejuvenating for our spaces as it is for our souls. Today, we've tackled the kitchen, but remember, this is just the beginning. Here's to cleaner, brighter days ahead!