The Craftsmen Edit: Tips on Cleaning Your Kitchen
Hello and welcome to the second edition of The Craftsmen Edit! In this edition, we'll be discussing the various ways you can get your kitchen sparkling clean in no time at all. Sounds good? Then let's go!
1. Tidy up
It's no good spending all your time cleaning your cabinets, only to watch them fill back up straight away with unnecessary clutter. In this step, it pays to be ruthless. Go through every cupboard and drawer in your kitchen carefully, and remove things that don't belong, or set aside things for giving away or throwing out.
In this stage, you should also give your benchtops and stove a quick clean, and wash up any dishes that are lying around.
2. Clean out your pantry and fridge
This doesn't mean just throwing out expired tinned goods and dodgy leftovers. Instead, take the time to remove everything from your fridge and pantry, and give both a good clean with a kitchen cloth dipped in warm soapy water (or use household cleaner).
3. Clean from the top down
Cleaning your kitchen is also a great excuse to clean those hard-to-reach spots, like the top of the fridge, light fixtures or tops of wall-mounted cabinets. Give them all a good dusting (and don't worry about getting dirt and dust on the floor, because you can vacuum it up later).
4. Focus on appliances
Your oven, microwave and stovetop work hard throughout the year, and often don't get cleaned as often as they should. Take time to give all of your appliances a thorough cleaning. You'll find some handy tips for natural cleaners that could work a treat in our previous blog post here.
5. An inside (and outside) job
Whether it's drops of tea or coffee, or just daily dust and dirt, the cabinet doors in a kitchen can turn from clean to grubby in very little time. Luckily, it's never been easier to give them a new lease of life. Simply fill a bucket with warm soapy water, grab a cloth and give each cabinet a good scrubbing inside and out. You'll be amazed at what a difference this can make.
6. Let there be light
In this case, natural light! Don't let grimy windows prevent your kitchen from looking its best, especially when you've spent all this time cleaning it up. Give your windows a proper clean with soapy water, then grab some newspapers and white vinegar to give them some serious streak-free shine, and watch the light pour in.
7. Look down
Last but not least, it's time to give your floors some serious love. Go over them carefully with the vacuum cleaner, before finishing off with a good mopping (your arms might not be your friend in the morning).
Then, once it's all done, give yourself a pat on the back, and grab a cheeky drink from your spotless fridge. After all, cleaning is thirsty work!