Spring-Cleaning: Don’t Forget the Kitchen!
BY JULIE HARTIGAN
Most spring-cleaning projects focus on curtains and carpets, but your kitchen could use a thorough scrubbing too! After all, it’s one of the most-used (and, shall we say, stickiest) rooms in the house.
Follow our kitchen-cleaning checklist to get your cooking space in top shape this spring:
Clear all clutter from your countertops. Keep only the items you need in reach to maximize workspace and make your kitchen easy to clean now and keep clean for later.
Remove refrigerator art and place any items you want to keep on display in magnetic frames for a neat look.
Use an oven cleaner to thoroughly scrub inside your oven and remove any spills around the burners.
Clean the inside of your microwave, including the inner door and revolving plate if your model has one.
Grab a spray-bottle of surface cleaner and a roll of paper towels. Go! Working section-by-section, wipe off all surfaces from the top to the bottom so dust falls. Be sure to wipe down often-forgotten spots such as cabinet doors, the top of the refrigerator, appliance fronts, and greasy areas around the stove.
Check inside your freezer for anything that’s been hanging out there longer than three to six months or is obviously freezer burned. Wipe up any sticky spots on shelves with a sponge soaked in hot water.
Working shelf-by-shelf in your refrigerator, toss anything spoiled, leaking, or nearly empty (condiments being the most-common offender). As you inspect each shelf, give it a thorough wipe down with antibacterial wipes. Add organizers to keep things tidy moving forward.
Working drawer-by-drawer in your refrigerator, throw away any fruits or veggies that are past their prime. Place the rest in a shopping bag so you can wash the drawer in your sink and easily replace your produce.
Go through your pantry and say goodbye to any stale snacks or boxes with “one last cracker.” Tuck leaky baking ingredients in plastic zippered bags or canisters to keep them fresh and reduce spills. Run your vacuum attachment over the shelves to pick up any loose crumbs.
Scan your storage areas and get rid of loose storage bags, piles of plastic shopping bags, and any mismatched lids or containers.
Pull out all the garbage and give your trash and recycling bins a thorough wipe down with antibacterial wipes, inside and out. The insides of bins are often the victim of leaky garbage spills.
Almost done! Time to hit the floor. Vacuum or sweep the floor and give it a thorough scrub down with a mop or wet cleaner.
Final TouchesYou did it! Give the entire kitchen a cheery new look as a reward for all your hard work. Replace stained dishtowels, burned hot mitts, ragged kitchen rugs, and dish sponges with fresh new upgrades. Add a pretty, scented candle and hand-lotion dispenser as a pampering plus.
Loving your newly clean cooking space? Take it a step further and brighten it up even more with our “Easy Ways to Add Color to a Kitchen.”
With just a few green cleaners (homemade and from concentrate) it is possible to literally clean your entire house from top to bottom.
Here’s how I use these basic green cleaners in our home:
1 All Purpose Cleaner: Dilute 1 teaspoon of sal suds concentrate into a spray bottle (at least 16 ounces) on all hard surfaces in our house. (Homemade option: this all-purpose cleaner recipe)
2 Dish Soap: As a natural dish soap I dilute 1/4 cup sal suds in a 16-ounce foamer bottle. (Pre-made option: EcoMe Dish Soap)
3 Glass and Windows: I dilute 5 drops of Sal Suds concentrate in a glass spray bottle with filtered water and wipe with microfiber. (Homemade option: This is one area where vinegar is effective and can be used to make a simple cleaner for glass with this recipe).
4 Fruit and Vegetable Wash: 1 drop of Sal Suds concentrate (or 1/2 teaspoon of liquid castille soap) in a sink or bowl full of water to wash produce.
5 Laundry: 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Sal Suds concentrate per laundry load as needed. This homemade version also works really well and there are other good pre-made options like BioKlean liquid laundry soap or Ecover zero.
6 Stainless Steel: To clean stainless steel without streaks I dilute a few drops of Sal Suds in a spray bottle of water.
7 Stain Treating: There are many natural ways to treat stains (here’s a helpful chart), and 1/4 cup Sal Suds Concentrate diluted in a spray bottle of water is a great all-purpose pre-treat for stains.
8 Carpet Cleaning: To clean carpet naturally I pre-treat stains with a 1:10 dilution of Sal Suds in water and then use 1 drop of the concentrate in a steam cleaner.
9 Bathroom Cleaning– Make a floor to ceiling bathroom cleaner with 1 tablespoon Sal Suds concentrate in a spray bottle of water with 10 drops of lemon essential oil (optional, but for freshness).
10 Hard Water Stains: To remove hard water stains I use either Sal Suds all purpose cleaner or Bon Ami.
11 Glue and Adhesives: Use a 50:50 mixture of Sal Suds and water. Spray on, let sit 5 minutes and scrub off.
12 Oven and Stove: I make a natural scouring powder for use in oven and stove cleaning or use Bon Ami.
13 Floor Cleaning: I add 1 tsp of Sal Suds concentrate to a mop bucket to mop the entire house.
14 Grout Cleaner: I use a 1:3 Sal Suds dilution to clean tile grout or use homemade scouring powder or Bon Ami for tough stains.
15 Blinds: I make a spray of 1 tablespoon of Sal Suds in a spray bottle of water to clean blinds.
16 Urine stains: a 1:15 dilution of Sal Suds with 5 drops of lemon essential oil works great on urine stains and smells in the bathroom. For mattress urine stains, I sprinkle with baking soda, then spray with this mixture and wipe up.
17 Cloth Diapers: To pre-treat and wash cloth diapers (no residue and completely removes ammonia smell) I pre-soak in the washing machine and add 3 tablespoons Sal Suds and 1 cup baking soda.
18 Shave Soap: In a foamer bottle, I use a (1:5) dilution of Liquid Castille Soap as a shave soap.
19 Foaming Hand Soap: Liquid Castille soap diluted in water makes a great foaming hand soap that costs pennies per bottle
20 Face and Body Wash: Combined with raw honey and water, liquid castille soap makes a great face and body wash.
21 Shampoo: Castille Soap and coconut milk make a moisturizing shampoo.
22 Baby Wipes: Diluted in a foamer for DIY baby wipes (I wipe with cloth wipes).
23 Dog Wash: A few drops to a teaspoon of liquid castille soap makes an effective pet wash.
Moms do a lot to make sure that everyone comes back to a clean home on a routine basis. Deep cleaning may be employed weekly, monthly or quarterly and mostly during the spring season. It is spring break once again and time to deep clean your house. Most people would go for commercial cleaning products to clean their houses. It is a common belief that the industrially produced home cleaning products are harsh on stains and disease-causing germs. However, the chemicals that are used might have toxic effects on the environment. For this reason, there is need to find routine cleaning tips that are eco-friendly.
With the following tips, home cleaning is not only made easier but also you rest assured that your cleaning does not negatively affect the environment.
Home Cleaning Tips that are Eco-friendly
by: Greg Macchia
Vinegar can be used in so many other rooms and areas around the house, but I mainly use it in my kitchen. It’s a great green alternative to cleaners and hey…it works great!
Kikay (this is a Filipino slang word)
-used to describe a girl who likes fixing herself up and being cute
-the term “kikay”started to flourish and began as a lingo to describe someone who is flirtatious back in the late 90′s, practically coined by the Generation X. It has since then evolved to defining someone who is flirtatious to someone who prefers and loves everything girly, pink and sassy.
Kikay's Cleaning Services LLC
-Born on August 1,2013 where it was established, licensed, insured and bonded in the city of Portland, OR.
-The name of the business was named after the owner's late sister Gay Prieto who will always be the Kikay in the family.