In most households, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place to whip up a healthy meal, back a sweet treat, or mix a delicious cocktail. But it’s also the area most prone to mess. And since we take our spring-cleaning pretty seriously around here, today we wanted to share a few tips for keeping your kitchen sparkling. Follow the five easy steps below to ensure your kitchen gets a deep clean…
Before you begin deep cleaning your kitchen, you will want to gather all of your supplies in one place. A secret that professional organizers swear by is storing your cleaning supplies in the room you use them. Not having to run to a separate hall closet will save you valuable time when you’re deep cleaning. Plus, it will make in-between touchups so much easier, too. When it comes to cleaning supplies, we use all of The Honest Company’s products since they are both extremely effective and made from natural, non-toxic ingredients. Using gentler cleaning products has so many benefits. They are safer for everyone (including pets and little ones), they are eco-friendly, and they don’t leave behind a residue or funny fumes like many conventional cleaning products do. We subscribe to their Essentials Bundle for the best deal on their products delivered to our doors every month.
In addition to cleaning products, it also helps to keep a cleaning checklist on hand so that you remember to reach all the nooks and crannies of your kitchen. Also, never underestimate the power of an upbeat playlist or your favorite podcast to get you through the job. Having something entertaining to listen to will make the time pass so much faster.
Most people’s least favorite part of cleaning the kitchen is doing the dishes. So it makes sense to bite the bullet and get that over with first! Load up the dishwasher if you have one, wash any pots and pans by hand, and then give the sink itself a thorough scrubbing. If your sink is porcelain, you can polish it with Honest Oxy Boost (turns out it has a few surprising uses besides laundry!). Before you move on to the countertops, toss half a lemon and a little white vinegar (or a bit more Honest Oxy Boost) down your disposal to keep it smelling fresh.
For doing dishes, we use The Honest Co.’s coconut-based cleanser, which is all-natural and super effective at cutting grease. Plus, it comes in three amazing scents: lavender (which is our favorite), white grapefruit, and lemon verbena. They smell so good that you might forget you’re doing dishes for a second and think you’re indulging in some aromatherapy! We’re also obsessed with the Suds Up soap dish and bamboo brush from The Honest Company. The dish can be pumped up and down to create bubbles and it looks chic sitting on your counter too.
Once your sink is clean and free of all dirty dishes, it’s a good time to wipe down all of your kitchen surfaces. Keep a basket on hand to gather any odds and ends that don’t belong in the kitchen or just need to be moved out of the way temporarily while you clean. For granite and other countertops without grout, start with a squeegee (yes, like for window washing!) to quickly and easily sweep any crumbs into the kitchen sink. Spray all surfaces and the stovetop with a multi-surface cleaner like this natural, grapefruit scented spray from The Honest Co., and let it sit for a minute before you begin to wipe them down with a scrubber sponge. Letting it sit will help break down grease and grime, and soften any crusted on food. Don’t forget the backsplash, walls, and exteriors of the cupboards—the Honest Company spray can be used on all of them. Use a toothbrush to tackle any tough food stains around burners on the stovetop. Wipe dry with a clean cloth, and dust off any decorative accessories while you’re at it.
It wouldn’t be a deep cleaning if you didn’t get inside the appliances. Begin with your refrigerator, emptying the contents one shelf at a time. Toss out any food that’s past its prime, and then wipe each shelf clean with your Honest Co. multi-surface cleaner. Keep an open box of baking soda in the fridge and freezer to neutralize odors. When it comes time to clean the microwave, microwave a clean, wet, organic cotton towel on high for 3 to 5 minutes. The steam from the towel will soften grime, and you can then use the towel itself to wipe down the interior. Remove oven racks and give them a good soak in a sink full of warm, soapy water. If your oven has a self-clean setting, take advantage of it before wiping it down with the same multi-surface cleaner. Dispose of any crumbs that have gathered in your toaster or toaster oven.
Remove and shake off floor mats outside. Give your floors a good sweeping, and then finish with our favorite floor cleaner from The Honest Company. It’s designed to safely break down grease, food, bacteria, and dirt without damaging your floors. The best part is that it’s a rinse-free formula, which means no bucket of water sloshing around. Pay special attention to the spaces below the sink and oven, since that’s where water and grease spots tend to gather.
Finish by taking out the trash and loading any sponges and scrub brushes into the dishwasher to disinfect them. If you don’t have a dishwasher, microwaving them on high for one minute will do the trick too.
And voila! Your kitchen should now be sparkling from top to bottom.
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