Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist - The Kitchen
A checklist helps you work through one task at a time and ticking them off always feels good. Do it all in one hit, or spread each task out over a number of days. We'll tackle each room at a time over 4 weeks. This is get the biggest job out the way first, The Kitchen.
Please note: throughout we will use the generic term Cleaner which in this case really means one of the following, your preference:
Orange Power Cleaner diluted, add small squirt in 500ml water in a trigger bottle
or All-Purpose Cleanser diluted, add small squirt in 500ml water in a trigger bottle
or Dishwashing Liquid/All-Purpose Cleanser sensitive diluted, add small squirt in 500ml water in a trigger bottle
Use either Cleaner, working your way around, spray and immediately wipe with a microfibre cloth.
If you only have a small area of windows to clean we recommend using Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner, for bigger areas use diluted All-Purpose Cleanser and wipe with a microfibre cloth that won’t leave lint for streak free clean.
Dose: In a bucket of 5 litres water add 5ml (1 tsp) All-Purpose Cleanser. Use sponge and squeegee.
TIP: Don't clean windows on a sunny, warm day, the heat will cause the glass window pane to dry too quickly and cause smears.
3) Countertops and appliances
Spray all countertops and appliances, with Cleaner, then wipe with a microfibre cloth.
Good blog on eco-friendly oven cleaning here.
5) Rubbish bin
Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the bottom to neutralise odours and add a drop of Orange Power Cleaner or All-Purpose Cleanser. Add hot water. Allow the mixture to sit for a while, then swish it around and give it a scrub. Rinse with clean water. Air dry.
To clean, remove any baskets and racks. Spray the interior of the dishwasher with *Cleaner. Wipe down door, sides and bottom using a clean cloth or sponge. Good time to clean the filter too. Run an empty machine on its highest temperature setting with the addition of 1C white vinegar.
7) Waste disposal
Deodorise and clean by cutting up a lemon into quarters with a tsp of baking soda and running water.
Place 1/2 C water and 1/2 C white vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for several minutes to a rolling boil. Allow microwave to cool, wipe down, inside and out.
9) Cabinets and drawers
Clear out cabinets and drawers one at a time, spray Cleaner, leave it to work for a moment or two, then wipe out with a cloth or Eco Sponge.
Remove all food from pantry, clean up and organise. Spray all surfaces, doors and shelves with Cleaner, wipe out with a microfibre cloth or the sponge side of Eco Sponge.
Clear shelves and drawers. Spray a moist cloth with Cleaner, then wipe inside and outside of fridge. Wash drawers in lukewarm, soapy water with Dishwashing Liquid Lemon or Calendula. Rinse, air dry outside and return to fridge. Clean grooves, using Cleaner and an old toothbrush to remove stubborn particles.
Vacuum any rugs and then hang them out on the washing line for a dose of UV and fresh air. Mop the floors with diluted All-Purpose Cleanser.
Dose: In a bucket of 10 litres water add 5-10ml (1-2 tsp) of All-Purpose Cleanser, depending on the degree of soiling.