5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Get Your Kitchen Ready for Warm Weather
Spring cleaning: for some of us, it’s the most wonderful time of year. For the rest of us, however, it’s perhaps the most dreaded time of year. Whatever your feelings on ridding the winter dust and filth from your home, make sure you write out a kitchen cleaning checklist to ensure you give this space the time and attention it deserves.
Go Through the Pantry
The pantry. For many homes, the pantry becomes the catch-all, filling up with many non-food items in addition to open, partially eaten boxes and bags of who knows what. Take the time to go through every item in your pantry and check for expiration dates. Throw out anything past its prime, get rid of that stale bag of pretzels that’s been in there since Christmas, and consider donating any excess items to your local foodbank—do you really need 20 cans of olives?
Clean Out Your Fridge
The best course of action when refrigerator cleaning is to remove everything from the space and wipe down each shelf and drawer, forcing you to pull every condiment, jar, and container out (giving you the perfect opportunity to finally get rid of that Tupperware of goodness knows what you’ve kept shoved in the back corner). As with the pantry, get rid of anything past its expiration date, and consider coming up with a system to help you eat through your food more efficiently to help cut waste.
Freshen Your Sink
Sinks stink—it’s inevitable. So what do you do when you notice an unpleasant odor wafting up from the pipes? Cut up a lemon, orange, lime—really any citrus you have on hand—and grind it up in your disposal. This not only helps clean out the disposal space but also sends the fresh aroma of citrus fruits through your kitchen.
Give it a Thorough Clean
Consider removing everything from your kitchen—every appliance on the countertops, every dish and cup in the cupboards, and every utensil in the drawers. All too often unused items get pushed to the back of these spaces, and now is the perfect time to clean them out and donate them. Use a good sanitizing cleaner to wipe down countertops, cupboard doors, shelves, your microwave, and clean out your oven—create a deep cleaning checklist to keep you on track and make sure you don’t miss anything.
Throw Away Expired Cleaning Products
Do you ever check the expiration date on your cleaning products? Many people don’t, but neglecting to keep tabs on this date means you may be relying on a disinfectant that isn’t working as efficiently as it should be. Have you ever considered making and using your own green cleaning products? For a simple multi-purpose cleaner, fill a jar with orange peels, then add vinegar. The vinegar disinfects while the citrus peel helps give it a fresh scent.