The Sun is Out so Time for a Kitchen Spring Clean

Spring is in the air, so lets look at the best ways to spring clean your kitchen. As everyone knows a clean, organised kitchen runs much smoother and is of course far more hygienic. Always work from top to bottom, so the dirt ends up on your floor which will be last thing to clean.

Spring cleaning is really is a never ending job that can take you well into the summer and beyond, but here are some of our fave tips to get you started.

EMPTY DRAWERS AND CUPBOARDS
Organise your things into “keep, donate, and trash” and wipe out all cabinets and shelves, cleaning and dusting the top of cupboards that don’t reach the ceiling. A good way to prevent future dust collecting is to line the top of the cupboard with wax paper so it collects the dust and then change it regularly.

Once the inside of the cupboards and drawers are clean, spray and wipe the exterior and handles not forgetting the dust and grease that can collect around the hinges.

DESCALE APPLIANCES
White vinegar is a great descale for your appliances, you can leave it overnight in your kettle which will remove any limescale leaving it clean inside.

Set your washing machine to run on its highest and hottest setting and add in four cups of white vinegar and turn it on. Dip your cloth into the white vinegar to clean the door glass and drum.

THE OVEN
You can make your own paste from equal parts of salt, bicarbonate of soda, a splash of vinegar to make it froth and a squirt of lemon juice. Using the paste clean out the corners with a scrubber and use a toothbrush for the corners.

My favourite hack is to clean the oven racks using fabric condition. Place the racks in your kitchen sink or bathtub, run hot water over them and allow them to sit for up to 12 hours.

THE MICROWAVE
Do you find tomato stains always stick to the microwave ? The best thing to do is steam clean it. Fill a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon or several tablespoons of vinegar and place it inside. Turn the microwave to high and let it steam, cool for five minutes before opening. Remove and wipe the inside and outside with a sponge

THE JUNK DRAWER
Who hasn’t got a kitchen junk drawer! Time to empty it, hoover out the crumbs, chuck out the unnecessary bits like the rubber bands and dried out blue tack and reorganise wiping down before replacing the items.