Now that it’s spring, it’s time to start planning for a spring cleaning weekend in your apartment. I say plan, because tackling each room is going to take some time, as each one will require its own blueprint to accomplish. A great place to start is the kitchen. Here’s a guide on where to begin – good luck and happy cleaning!
The interior and exterior of your cupboards may not appear dirty, but they are. If your spices tip over, or the cooking oil spray tends to leak out the nozzle, you will likely notice remnants and oil streaks on the walls and in corners. The exterior doors may also have noticeable oil streaks left by your hands. No worries though, here’s how you can get your cupboards clean!
Interior: Combine water and vinegar into a bowl. Using a dry sponge, simply wipe the walls, shelves, and drawers. To get the corners and edges, use a toothbrush. Allow everything to dry thoroughly before placing any items back in. You may also want to add a shelf liner to the bottom of your cupboard shelves to keep them clean in the future.
Exterior: The exteriors will likely need a good clean, especially when hands have been on them. A gentile cloth and a simple water-vinegar solution is all you need. Don’t excessively wet the cloth, and be sure when it’s time to rinse, that you do so with a clean cloth and clean water.
Half water and half vinegar is your go-to green solution for cleaning your kitchen countertops. But because of its off-putting smell, infuse your cleaner with a natural extract like citrus peels, lavender, or rosemary. With a spray bottle, spritz the counter and wipe clean with a non-abrasive damp sponge and let dry. Your counters will be fully sanitized – and your kitchen will be smelling great!
It may (or may not) surprise you, but your kitchen sponge is one of the germiest items in the kitchen. It’s caked with bacteria. Luckily, though, there are some steps you can take to clean it from time-to-time.
Give your sponge a vinegar bath for five minutes. When it’s done, wring it out, and let dry.
Zap the bacteria away by saturating the sponge in water, and microwaving it on high for 60 seconds.
Simply place the sponge on the top rack of your dishwasher along with your dirty dishes. Make sure the setting is on heated dry, and you’re good to go!
Cleaning the butcher block is a lengthier process. To get ready, you’ll need dish soap, a soft sponge, vinegar, spray bottle, microfiber cloth, lemon juice, salt, mineral oil, and a scrub sponge.
Start by scrubbing your block with hot, soapy water and the soft sponge using tight circle motions. Next, spray it down with a vinegar-water solution to sanitize. While letting the solution sit, combine ¼ cup of salt and some lemon juice to form a paste. Work the paste into the block with the scrub sponge – this will help deodorize it. Rinse well in the sink and let dry. Dip your sponge into the mineral oil and evenly coat your block. Continue feeding it oil until the block stops absorbing it. Remove excess with a clean microfiber cloth.
Stainless Steel Appliances.
Cleaning stainless steel appliances can be tricky – but the fingerprints and debris that rest there are an eyesore. For a deep cleanse, you’ll need vinegar, a spray bottle, soft cloth, and mineral oil.
Gather your supplies first and determine the direction of the grain. Yes, steel has a grain finish like wood. Once you have determined which way the grain runs, spritz the appliance with a water-vinegar solution and wipe down with a microfiber cloth in that direction. After, dab your cloth with a little mineral oil and begin to polish (yes, in grain direction!) and the marks will disappear before your very eyes.
Well, I hope this guide gives you the needed motivation to jumpstart your spring cleaning. Fortunately, smaller spaces mean you can cut your cleaning time in half. Best of luck!