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How to Clean a Kitchen Top to Bottom 20 June 2014
How to Clean a Kitchen Top to Bottom

The kitchen is often known as the heart of the home. It is where family meals are prepared, and perhaps eaten, it is where family and friends may gather for a drink or to celebrate an occasion. Most people have their washing machine and tumble dryer in their kitchen. It is probably the single most used room of the house and, as such, generates the most traffic. Therefore it follows that it is likely to need the most cleaning. How can be certain that you have everything covered? Read on! Firstly, break down your kitchen into metaphorical ‘areas’. These would typically be walls, ceiling, floor, sink, large appliances, small appliances and then your fridge and freezer – if the latter is kept in the kitchen. It’s also advisable to start with the gentle cleaning solutions, rather than the stronger chemical ones. Lemon, distilled white vinegar and baking soda creates a very good scrubbing agent. Next, gather all of the equipment that you will need. This will include at least a few soft, clean cloths, clean sponges and in case of hard stains, a scourer. Though be very careful what surface you use this on as they are very abrasive. Wipe down the top of the stove carefully with a cloth dipped in the lemon solution. Make sure you include every crack and crevice and if there is any dried on food then gently remove with a razor blade. Remove the knobs and wash them in the sink with a mild detergent and dry thoroughly before replacing. If you have a glass-topped stove then use a sponge designed for non-stick pans.  Gas burner grates can go into hot water with washing up liquid – unless they are dishwasher safe. If you have an electric-topped stove then use the extraction fan and burn off any dried on residue before wiping down carefully. Next, take the oven. Remove the racks and soak them in warm, soapy water. Take ¼ cup of water , ¾ cup of baking soda  and ¼ cup of salt and form a paste. Then apply to the interior of the oven, being careful to avoid bare metal and make sure you clog any openings with foil. This will need to be left overnight and then removed the following day with a plastic spatula and wiped down. Then your fridge! Empty the contents entirely and throw away any expired food. Remove the shelves if possible and soak in hot, soapy water. Make a solution consisting of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and four cups of water and apply this to the inside. Ensure that you then rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel. Then replace your food items, taking care to wipe any spills off packaging as you go. The kitchen surfaces can then be scrubbed with an anti-bacterial agent, again being especially carefully to get right into any dusty old corners. Make sure you move the toaster, kettle, etc. And clean right underneath. Empty crumbs out of the toaster as you do so. Clean every knob and handle carefully as this is where a lot of germs can gather. And finally – the floor. Reach for your mop and bucket, make a solution of two parts bleach to one part water and mop thoroughly, rinsing the mop head regularly. You can then use a cloth to reach any awkward corners and crevices. And at the end of all this, your kitchen will look like a gleaming new version of itself!

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