Go to fullsize imageYou wouldn’t be able to tell from the looks of it clutter and paper wise at times, but we are very anal about germs in our kitchen over at my house.  This is due to my lil’ sis going on a not so pretty weight loss spree in college.  One of her roommates prepared raw chicken in their apartment kitchen and didn’t clean thoroughly afterwards.  My sis ended up getting a rare strain of salmonella poisoning and lost lots and lots of weight.  She thought she was turning inside out for weeks on end even with doctors intervention.

Anyway, one of the first places I head when I get the spring cleaning itch is the kitchen.  Every so often, the kitchen just needs a good cleaning overhaul. 

Here is a list of things to do in the kitchen to get it smelling fresh and clean while doing it green.  Don’t forget to check out cleaning recipes from these past posts here, here, and here.  Or if you don’t feel like making your own, go out and grab Methods Pink Grapefruit All Purpose Cleaner or Seventh Generations All Purpose Cleaner. 

  • Start with getting all the dust and cobwebs from the upper corners of the kitchen walls/ceiling.  Use a cloth rag with some cleaner sprayed on it.  I use an old swiffer stick with an old cloth rag on it to reach up in the corners.  Don’t forget to do the ceiling fan.
  • Move down the walls and dust any pictures or wall hangings.
  • Take down any curtains and blinds.  Clean them appropriately using green detergents or cleaners.
  • Clean the windows with vinegar/water mixture.  As well as cleaning the screens.
  • Clean the oven, refrigerator and freezer.  Start the oven on it’s cleaning process.  Then pull all the food/goods out of the refrigerator/freezer.  Throw out any old/diseased looking food.  Take out all the drawers and shelves and clean with vinegar/water mixture.  Then wipe out the whole inside of the unit with the disinfecting green cleaner (or vinegar/water).  Replace shelves, drawers and food.
  • Clean the entire stove top.  Wash/scrub the burners, drip catchers and knobs with a mixture of vinegar/water.  If needed, use a baking soda mixture for a slightly abrasive cleanser.
  • Wipe down and clean out any small appliances.  Microwave, toaster, toaster oven, coffee pot (run vinegar/water mixture through pot cycle to clean.  This makes for a GREAT brew afterwards.  Just run one pot of plain water after using vinegar and before making coffee).
  • Empty out and clean all the cabinets and drawers.  Sell anything you don’t use anymore or donate to a good cause.  Reorganize any cabinets that have gone awry.  Also, wipe down the insides with an all purpose cleaner.  Wash down the outsides too after replacing everything.
  • Move on to the dishwasher.  This ones pretty easy.  Run an empty load with vinegar to disinfect and remove any build up.  Empty out the “trap” at the bottom if there is any food left in there.  Again, wipe off the outside.
  • We’re almost on the home stretch here.  Clean off the coutertops and backsplash with a disinfectant and then clean the sink.
  • Put some baking soda/water with lemon in the garbage disposal to disinfect and remove odors.  Put some ice into it and run to sharpen the blades.
  • Finally, since you are so tired from the other cleaning, fall down to the floor onto your hands and knees.  Scrub all floors and baseboards with vigor.  No, not vinegar per say, I said, “vigor”.  Don’t use that useless dirt pusher Swiffer Mop thing.  Just throw that in the trash.  You need to really get down there and scrub.  Use appropriate cleaner for wood floors linoleum.  Might I suggest “Murphy’s Oil Soap” and another old rag?

Oh, by the way, if you can accomplish all that and have any child present in the house…you are either crazy or keep your kids in cages.