The name Grandmas fits perfectly in the kitchen. Oh, how Grandma would bake the best apple pies in town. OK, enough of Grandma’s pie reflections. This article is about Grandma’s kitchen deep cleaning, not her pies.
FOOD IS LIFE, THE KITCHEN IS WHERE IT BEGINS
Why are kitchens always a mess and why is it so hard to keep them in good order? The answer is simple: that’s where life begins and life is messy. Just like life, our kitchen gets messy and needs to be cleaned carefully and thoroughly.
Getting your kitchen clean takes more than just a few swift wipes and that’s it. Fumes from oils and other food particles can get into places you wouldn’t imagine.
The most important aspect of it all is proper hygiene. The cleaner your kitchen, the cleaner your food. That makes sense, right? This may sound hard and a bit boring to do but it’s a lot of fun. So why not just start?
Here, you will be cleaning your kitchen as if you have been doing it every day. From beginning to end, your kitchen will look amazing.
The first thing is to get all the dirty dishes into the dishwasher or if you prefer to wash with your hands, that’s ok too. The important thing is to get the dishes out of the way.
1. TAKE OUT THE TRASH
Take out the trash. You want to get rid of all the garbage. Excess garbage in the kitchen can carry a terrible odor. To avoid this, remove the trash bag and place the bin in the open air.
Another thing to do is to mist it with rubbing alcohol. Let it sit there until you’re done. In the meantime, keep a free trash bag to put your cleaning trash in.
2. CLEANING THE TOASTER
Turn the toaster over to get the crumbs out. Then pull out the bottom layer and use the dish soap to wash this area. To clean the body of the toaster. Simply wipe with a cloth slightly soaped. Use another clean, damp cloth to wipe a second time. Avoid placing the entire toaster in the water. This will cause an electrical shortage and malfunction.
3. THE COFFEE MAKER
Now to your overused coffee maker. This must be stained pretty badly. Coffee is known for its flavor and its stains so cleaning your coffee maker can be a little tricky.
If your water reserve is stained, which most likely it is, simply pour 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1/2 cup water into the water reserve. Allow the solution to come to a full boil.
When this is done, pour out that mixture and pour in a cup of fresh water. Allow this to come to a full boil again. The vinegar and the water would have cleaned the areas you couldn’t reach, helping you by loosening the residues and removing the stains.
The second process is to remove the residues and the smell of the vinegar. Make your coffee maker ready for another brew.
4. CLEANING THE BLENDER
There are many ways and shortcuts to clean a blender. Now we’ll be looking at a simple but thorough way to do just that. Remove the bottom area of the blender.
This area is the part that can be screwed off. This section, too, carries and hides a lot of unimaginable food particles. Simply wash with warm water and dish soap along with the container, then rinse with cool water.
Use a damp cloth to wipe the electrical part of the blender so as not to get it wet. As mentioned before, this can cause a serious electrical shortage and even total damage to your blender.
5. MICROWAVE OVEN
If the microwave is smelly and has food plastered everywhere, there’s just one simple thing about this. Place a bowl of water with half of a lemon in the microwave. Turn on the microwave oven for 2 minutes.
The hot water will loosen the plastered food and also remove the grease. Just in case you’re wondering what the lemon is for,? The lemon will operate as an odor eliminator and now that the residues are loosened, you can clean easily with a sponge or cloth.
6. CLEANING THE CABINETS
I am sure you’ve heard many tips on how to clean a cabinet. However, Grandma did not have time to go through all that tutorial. She simply cleaned it with warm water and dish soap.
Simply dab a little dish soap on the sponge. Use this to lather the cabinet doors and handles. If the area is gunky, allow the soap to sit for 10 minutes, then wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
Don’t forget the inside of the cabinet. Simply dust here and wipe with the same damp cloth. That’s how it’s done when Grandma does it. THE SECRET TO GRANDMA’S GLOWING CABINETS
7. CLEANING THE STOVE
Remove the grates and the burners. Sprinkle baking soda on the entire top, then dab a little dish soap on a wet scotch Brite and scrub. Let this remain for 5 to 10 minutes then wipe with a cloth or a sponge.
8. ELECTRIC STOVE
To clean your electric stove. Wipe with a damp sponge and dish soap. Then use another damp, clean cloth to wipe. Avoid scrubbing the surface with excess water.
9. HOW TO CLEAN THE OVEN
It is easy for me to say that you can get your oven sparkling clean while cleaning your kitchen. Here you’ll find: HOW TO CLEAN A MESSY OVEN
While cleaning the kitchen, treat the oven with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda paste. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then scrub with a scotch brite. Next, wipe with a clean, damp cloth until it is fully clean.
10. THE QUICKEST WAY TO DEEP CLEAN A FRIDGE
Start by removing the items in the fridge. Remove the shelves and drawers. Clean the inside of the fridge with a mixture of dish soap, vinegar, and water.
If your fridge has a no-defrost freezer, Place a small pot with hot water in it to release the ice while you clean the bottom area of the fridge. When you are done, go back to the freezer and clean with a sponge using the same mixture.
11. HOW TO DEEP CLEAN KITCHEN TILE FLOORS
This is the tricky part. If your kitchen floor is tiled, then more than likely it has grout. This is caused by dirt and oil build-up and is a little more tedious to remove.
To remove the grout, Oxi-clean is ideal. Simply cover the area. Allow a few minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush. Another way to do it is to make a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, and Dawn dish soap.
Use a toothbrush to scrub the grout out of the crevices. Wipe away the residue with a cloth, then finish off with a damp mop. Repeat the mopping twice to make sure the floor is shining when you’re through.
12. DEEP CLEANING WOODEN FLOORS
This is quite simple. Fill a bucket with warm water, then add a drop of dish soap depending on the amount of water. Avoid using too much dish soap; this is to prevent removing the wax from the floor.
Use a mop or a small towel to clean this type of floor. The dish soap is perfect for removing grease and stuck-on food. Continue wiping the floor until it’s clean to your satisfaction. Allow the floor to dry.
Then use a touch of fabulous to deodorize the countertops. Do not use a deodorizer in the fridge except for a box of baking soda. Any other will cause food contamination.
Replace the bin with a fresh trash bag and place it back in its designated area. Place all items back in their place of origin. Step back, take a look, and pat yourself on the back.
That’s all for Grandma’s kitchen cleaning tips. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a break. Thanks for stopping by