Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Kitchen

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Kitchen
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Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Kitchen

Need help spring cleaning your kitchen? We've compiled the ultimate checklist to help you clean everything from your refrigerator to the kitchen sink!

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Unplug your refrigerator and store perishables in a cooler. Keep the doors open to allow the interior to come to room temperature; then wipe down the walls and shelves with a cleaning agent. Dry thoroughly before turning the refrigerator back on.

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Sort through the contents of your refrigerator to dispose of food that is expired or that you are not likely to eat. Toss any frozen foods that have freezer burn. Replace your baking soda deodorizer to keep your fridge smelling fresh.

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Empty your pantry so you can easily wipe down shelves and vacuum the floor. Check for common pantry pests like grain beetles and meal moths. Toss any food items that have gone bad. Keep food fresh by storing it in air-tight containers.

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Take off the grates, knobs and other removable parts. Scrub dirty grates with a sponge and dishwashing liquid; tougher food spills may require a heavy-duty cleaner. Carefully clean the surface of your stove. Some stove tops lift off, allowing you to wipe the area underneath.

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Soak oven racks in water with dishwashing liquid for a few hours before scrubbing them clean with a scouring pad. To clean the oven, mix up a paste made from baking soda and water, apply it to your oven’s interior and let it sit overnight. Remove as much of the paste as possible, and wipe clean with a diluted vinegar solution.

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Wipe away fingerprints and splatters from cabinets, and clean spilled food and stains from shelves. If necessary, replace any shelf liners.

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Odds and ends easily collect in drawers, so make sure to reorganize their contents and use organizational units if necessary.

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Clean counters with a sponge dampened with soapy water, and remove caked on food with a baking soda scrub. To clean grout, try using dishwashing liquid and a toothbrush; set-in stains may require baking soda paste, bleach or chemical cleaners.

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Sweep away or vacuum fallen food debris and trash and spot clean stubborn stains on the floor before you mop. Don’t forget to wash your kitchen mats!

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An easy trick is to microwave a bowl of water with lemon juice or vinegar added for a few minutes, and then let the bowl sit for a few more minutes to allow the steam to work its magic. Then just wipe clean!

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Coffee maker

Deposit build-up can affect the flavor of your brewed coffee. Clean your coffee maker by running the appliance with diluted vinegar solution and letting it sit for a few hours before rinsing with a few cycles of water. Don’t forget to replace the water filter!

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Toaster Oven

You can tackle baked-on grease in a toaster oven the same way as your regular oven. Unplug your toaster oven first. Soak racks in soapy water to loosen stuck-on stains and scrub them clean. Clean surfaces with hot, soapy water and a sponge, and treat stubborn grease with a baking soda paste.

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Wipe down surfaces with a soft sponge and mild soap, or for a deeper clean use baking soda paste. A toothbrush can help you tackle areas like the faucet and handles.

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Run a cycle with vinegar solution or baking soda, and inspect your appliance for mildew, mold or rust stains.

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Garbage Disposal

Keep garbage disposals smelling fresh by running citrus peel or ice cubes and baking soda through them.

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Trash Bin

Overflow can end up at the bottom of the trash bin or underneath the lid – don’t forget to wipe these areas clean to disinfect them!

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Now that winter is over, make sure to inspect your pipes for any damage.

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Need help spring cleaning your kitchen? We've compiled the ultimate checklist to help you tackle everything from your refrigerator to the kitchen sink! We know a thorough cleaning job can take longer than a day, so print out the list below to stay on track.

While commercial cleaners can be effective, we're sharing tips for natural cleaning alternatives that you can easily make from on-hand pantry items. Spring cleaning can also be a great time to toss out unhealthy food in your refrigerator and pantry and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Check out the slideshow above to go through each item on the checklist and discover our best cleaning tips!

Start with the Basics

Try to tackle one of these areas in your kitchen each day. This list includes commonly used areas of the kitchen that accumulate mess quick!

  • Refrigerator
  • Pantry
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Cabinets
  • Drawers
  • Counters
  • Floors

Clean your appliances

After you've tackled the basics, you're ready to clean up those appliances! Here are a few popular kitchen items.

  • Microwave
  • Toaster Oven
  • Coffee Maker

Don't forget

It's easy to forget these areas, but the longer you put it off the harder it will be to address issues later on.

  • Sink
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Trash Bin
  • Plumbing

Check out the slideshow above for our best spring cleaning tips.

Finding foods you didn't know you had while cleaning out the kitchen? Some of it may help your skin! Check out "The Surprising Skincare Ingredients Hiding in Your Kitchen" from our friends at StyleList.

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