Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Kitchen #SpringCleaning12


Follow these 10 steps to get your kitchen clean enough for a food inspector’s seal of approval, just in time for spring cleaning!

10 Spring Cleaning steps to get your kitchen health inspector clean! at #housekeepingphoto credit:  BHG

Today is the first day of Spring, everything outdoors is starting to look fresh and new again, which gets me in the mood to do the same indoors.

Last week I mentioned today would start the Spring Cleaning Challenge and I’m tackling the kitchen.

Spring cleaning is especially important in the kitchen. I stay on top of my kitchen on a daily basis, but a least once a year I follow these extra steps to get my kitchen clean enough for a food inspector’s seal of approval.

 10 Steps for Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen

Start by removing all clutter and disinfecting counter-tops and dishtowels and then crank up some music and follow these extra steps:

1.  Dust and wipe down walls

use this time to clean the grease, grime, and spilled food from your walls.  Check corners for cobwebs and dust down corners and trim.

2.  Dust and clean items hanging on walls and on top of cabinets. 

Wipe down frames and glass and anything hanging on the walls.  Don’t forget air vents, doorknobs, doors, switch plates. If you have items on top of your kitchen cabinets, they may need a good scrubbing, as those items tend to get a grease and dust stuck to them.  Fill a sink with hot water and dish washing soap to help cut thru grease.

3.  Dust and clean light fixtures. 

Take down any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing. If you have a light with exposed light bulb, turn the light off and when it’s cool, dust light bulbs too.

4.  Clean windows and window treatments. 

Vacuum and clean windowsills. Wash windows, inside and out.  Be sure to take down and rinse off screens, before replacing.  Remove window treatments and blinds/shades and clean according to manufacture’s instructions. How to clean blinds.  My easy window cleaning tip.

5.  Clean inside of cabinets and drawers. 

Remove everything from inside cabinets , wipe down shelves, and replace and reorganize items. Do the same for drawers.   This is a good time to go thru and clean out unused and expired items.

6.  Clean appliances.

  If you don’t have a self cleaning oven, spray oven cleaner and let it work while you clean other appliances.  Don’t forget to open windows in the kitchen to avoid the overpowering smell. 

  •  RefrigeratorThrow out expired food, and remove everything,  placing the items to keep on the counter or table. Remove  refrigerator shelves and drawers. Wash them down, being careful with glass shelves. Wipe down the entire interior of the refrigerator and freezer with the baking-soda solution, and wipe it dry before replacing shelves and food.  Pull refrigerator out, if you can, and unplug and clean behind and underneath.  See my favorite tool for this, my refrigerator coil brush.
  • Microwave –  Start with a damp rag and wipe out any lose crumbs from interior.  Then, fill a microwave safe bowl or cup with 4-5  tablespoons baking soda or one-half cup lemon juice and water and heat mixture on high for two to three minutes.  When time is up, let it sit for five minutes, then carefully remove cup or bowl and wipe down interior effortlessly with a damp cloth.  If you still have stains, try damping your rag with vinegar or a little baking soda to gently scrub away stains.  Don’t forget to remove and wash glass turntable.  Once everything is sparkling again, leave the door open to air out for bit.  Clean exterior and door with only warm, soapy water and soft cloth. Wipe control panels with a barely damp (not wet) cloth; moisture behind the panel could ruin the oven.
  • Oven/StoveWipe down and clean out the oven according to the directions on the oven cleaner. Remove, knobs, burners, burner covers, and spill catchers off of the stove and wipe off food spills and splatters, for glass cook tops use a dab of commercial cooktop cleaner on a dry paper towel, and then wipe off the cleaner with another dry towel. 

7.  Wipe down and clean small appliances. 

Unplug all appliances first

  • Mixer – Wash beaters by hand, wipe down base with a damp cloth.  If the vent is clogged, loosen the dirt with a toothpick or toothbrush, then vacuum it out.
  • Toaster/Toaster oven – clean out crumbs and wipe down the interior and exterior. Be sure to remove racks; wash them in warm, soapy water.
  • Coffee Maker – Pour equal parts white vinegar and water into the tank, and run the machine. Empty out carafe and run two or three cycles with fresh water before brewing coffee.  Wash carafe and any other removable parts in hot soapy water and wipe down exterior of machine.  For any hard water build up on outside of machine, use a cloth soaked in vinegar to removed hard water crust.

8.  Clean and shine sink and drain. 

Clean your drain with baking soda and vinegar,  If you have a garbage disposal, put ice cubes through the disposal to sharpen the blades.   Read my post on how to clean/freshen or unclog a drain with vinegar and baking soda. Make you sink shine, by filling your sink to the rim with HOT water and 1 cup of bleach, let it sit for one hour, then remove plug (using tongs or wear gloves), rinse then scrub your sink and faucet with a mild abrasive, I LOVE Barkeepers Friend, rinse thoroughly and finish with a little window cleaner and a paper towel.  How to make your sink shine with the Fly Lady.

9.  Clean garbage cans. 

Wash inside and out with a strong bleach solution (about 3/4 cup per gallon of water).

10.  Sweep and mop the floors. 

Although this is a step you already do on a regular basis, use spring cleaning to do an extra good job, move furniture to get underneath, get corners, baseboards and even get down on your hands and knees if you can for even a closer clean.

 Favorite Kitchen Cleaners- TidyMom

Distilled White Vinegar | Bar Keepers Friend | Bleach | Baking Soda

 Tips for a Tidy Home

Count Down to Clean Series (with free Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual cleaning checklist to print)

Need other Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Clean : The Why :: Home-EC 101
Spring Clean: Bathrooms :: i Dream of Clean
Spring Clean: Floors and Windows :: Amy’s Finer Things
Spring Clean: The Kitchen :: Tidy Mom
Spring Clean: Home Office :: Untrained Housewife
Spring Clean: Declutter Around the House :: Live Renewed
Spring Clean : Main Living Area :: Biblical Homemaking
Spring Clean: Conquering the Kids’ Room :: Living Well Spending Less
Spring Clean: Outdoor Living Spaces :: The Greenbacks Gal
Spring Clean: Garage and Cars :: Organize365

Now it’s YOUR turn! Let’s see what Spring Cleaning you’ve been up to!


Disclaimer:  Giveaway prizes are provided by GE Appliances, The Stow Company and Shark Clean.  I was asked to join the Spring Cleaning Challenge by Christine of I Dream of Clean, and was not compensated for this post.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

512 Responses to “Spring Cleaning Challenge: The Kitchen #SpringCleaning12”

  1. Jayme C. posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:16 am (#)

    I love to clean my living room and hate to clean my kitchen

  2. Karen posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:18 am (#)

    My least favorite place to clean is the bathroom.

  3. Deborah posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:19 am (#)

    oh, i hate cleaning the bathroom. i can never get all the hair that i shed up off the floor. never ending.

  4. Gina B posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:27 am (#)

    My least favorite place to clean = the stove

  5. Rachel posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:28 am (#)

    I HATE cleaning the tub!

  6. Jenn posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:33 am (#)

    my lease favorite place to clean is of course the bathroom toilets!

  7. Elizabeth H posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:34 am (#)

    Favorite thing to clean…granite counter tops. Least fav to clean…toilet.

  8. Tina posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:36 am (#)

    Laundry is my hobby and I REALLY need a new washer and dryer!!

  9. Susan Spiers posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:41 am (#)

    Washing clothes is my favorite “thing” there really is an art to it!

  10. pam posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:41 am (#)

    I hate cleaning out the closets but love to clean my spa on the back patio in time for summer.

  11. Jodi posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:53 am (#)

    The bathroom is BY FAR my least favorite place to clean!!

  12. Jenn posted on April 3, 2012 at 10:05 am (#)

    The bathrooms :( Yuck!

  13. Kevin E posted on April 3, 2012 at 10:20 am (#)

    Believe it or not, my favorite place is the bathroom!

  14. Melissa posted on April 3, 2012 at 10:47 am (#)

    Oh my…the least favorite thing to clean is the stove. Yuck. Thank you for such a great opportunity!

  15. Rina M posted on April 3, 2012 at 10:54 am (#)

    I hate to clean the closets. It’s amazing what you find in them.

  16. Dawn D posted on April 3, 2012 at 11:18 am (#)

    I got all the appliances cleaned… Wow! What a difference. Today I tackle the den/craft room… This might take 2 days…

  17. Malissa W posted on April 3, 2012 at 11:59 am (#)

    I hate to clean the kitchen floor. We have white tile and it NEVER looks clean.

  18. tracey arredondo posted on April 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm (#)

    I hate cleaning under the sink, I always forget what I have hoarded under there.

  19. stephanie posted on April 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm (#)

    My least favorite place to clean is the bathroom. I don’t know that I have a favorite place to clean. 😉

  20. judy f posted on April 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm (#)

    closet most definately. its my catch all place and it definately catches all…maybe i need a smaller closet :)

  21. Melissa posted on April 4, 2012 at 2:53 am (#)

    I Hate to clean the floors and folding laundry!!!

  22. Jamey Reynolds posted on April 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm (#)

    My favorite place to clean is the kitchen, and my least favorite place to clean is the bathroom.

  23. Tiffany Salvia posted on April 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm (#)

    My least favorite place to clean is the bathroom and refrigerator!

  24. Lashawn posted on April 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm (#)

    My least favorite place would probably be the laundry only because where I live, I share a washer and dryer with 11 other apartments. So I’m constantly using disinfectant to somewhat sanitize the machines. Makes me feel better I guess.

  25. Danika Denison posted on April 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm (#)

    I hate cleaning under the couch. I find unidentifiable things down there!!!

  26. Rebecca Frost posted on April 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm (#)

    my least favorite place to clean are the bathrooms!!

  27. Jen posted on April 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm (#)

    Oh….how I HATE cleaning the bathroom!! :)

  28. Julie posted on April 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm (#)

    My favorite place to clean is the kitchen, least favorite- the bathroom.

  29. Debra posted on April 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm (#)

    the least favorite place to clean is our home office and my favorite would be laundry in a new washer dryer Thank you very much for allowing me the chance

  30. Carol Buchman posted on April 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm (#)

    My least favorite place to clean is definitely the bathroom!

  31. Heather Brown posted on April 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm (#)

    Least favorite place to clean is behind the refrigerator

  32. Joseph posted on April 5, 2012 at 12:16 am (#)

    My least favorite place to clean is the kitchen floor. No matter how many times I mop or brush it up it never seems to keep clean.

  33. daveena taylor posted on April 5, 2012 at 8:52 am (#)

    I really hate cleaning the basement. It’s creepy with spiders and I don’t even want to know what else likes to live down there.

  34. Carolyn Barnett posted on April 5, 2012 at 11:15 am (#)

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  35. Hannah posted on April 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm (#)

    My least favorite place to clean is the bathroom but I have to admit that I feel so much better when its done that I really shouldn’t complain about it too much. :-)

  36. Cathy posted on April 6, 2012 at 12:23 am (#)

    I hate cleaning Period!!! lol! The Kitchen is my least fave yuck!

  37. Kaitlin posted on April 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm (#)

    My least favorite place to clean is my bedroom! Probably because no one really sees it, as opposed to my downstairs, where I need to have it clean for other people.

  38. Megan posted on April 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm (#)

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    • TidyMom replied on April 26th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

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