Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring is Upon Us!

Spring has finally come, and with that comes spring cleaning! Did you know that your kitchen is actually the dirtiest room in your home? No need to worry, with the help of American Housekeeping and these spring cleaning tips, your kitchen will be sparkling in no time.

Give Your Appliances A Thorough Clean

Clean Out the Refrigerator and Freezer:

  • Remove all products from the refrigerator and freezer and assess whether the food is still good or needs to be thrown away.
  • Wipe down all of the drawers and shelves with a chemical-free cleaner.
  • Place all of the items back in the refrigerator/freezer.

Wipe Down the Microwave:

You are going to need a lemon for this cleaning trick. Slice the lemon in half, place it in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat it up for a few minutes. Allow the microwave to cool and then go in with a paper towel and wipe it down. Not only will this remove any grease and grime, but it will leave your microwave smelling fresh.

Clean the Oven:

Over time, your oven can become caked in grease. Here are three methods for cleaning your oven that we’ve found to be effective.

Baking Soda Mixture

The Oven – Start by removing all of the trays from the oven and place them off to the side. Then, grab a spray bottle and add equal parts of vinegar, water, and baking soda. Once you’ve made the mixture, go ahead and spray the perimeter of the oven (avoid spraying the heating mechanisms). Now that you’ve applied the mixture, you are going to want to let it soak for about 12 hours for the best results.

The Trays – Start by taking the trays and wiping them down with vinegar. When you think you have fully cleaned the trays, fill your tub with hot water and let them sit overnight. The next day, your oven trays should be sparkling clean, so wipe them down once more and place them back in their designated spots.

Lemons and Water

This method is simple and doesn’t require a lot of wait time. Start by preheating your oven to 250 degrees. While the oven is heating up, grab a lemon and slice it in half. Next, you’ll want to take out an oven-safe bowl or pan, fill it with water, and place the lemons in the bowl. Once the oven is fully heated, you can put the bowl or pan into the oven and let it sit for 1-2 hours. After the allotted amount of time, turn off the oven and let it fully cool. When the oven has cooled, grab a pair of gloves and a damp cloth and wipe down the inside to reveal a fresh, clean oven!

Clean the Floors:

Throughout the week, your kitchen floor collects crumbs, debris, dust, and stains. It’s important to give your floors a thorough cleaning to avoid ants and other pests from invading your space.

Start by sweeping or vacuuming all of the crumbs and scraps from the floor. Next, you can grab your mop or sponge and start cleaning the floor, removing all stains and dirt. There is a strategy that comes with mopping your floors; you’ll want to start towards the back of the kitchen space so you can leave the room without tracking your footprints.

Clean the Surfaces and Storage Spaces:

Take Out the Trash

Neglecting to take out your trash can create an unpleasant aroma in your home. Take out your trash and your recycling cans and wipe them down with a mixture of warm water and soap. After you’re done cleaning the cans, flip them over and let them air dry before bringing them back into the kitchen.

Empty Your Cupboards

We often forget to clean the areas surrounding our pots and pans. Empty the cupboards of all dishes, pots, pans, and utensils. Clean the cupboard using that same mixture of warm water and soap. Use a microfiber cloth to pat dry before returning the pots, pans, and other dishes back into the cupboard.

Clean the Countertops

Clear everything off of your countertops and wipe them down. If you have granite, marble, or other specialty surfaces, use the appropriate countertop cleaners. Next, clean the appliances such as the toaster, your coffee machine, etc. and place them back in their designated space.

Your Local Maid Service

We hope that you have enjoyed these spring cleaning tips! American Housekeeping is a licensed, bonded, and insured cleaning service with locations in Nevada and Texas. If you are looking for a professional maid service, American Housekeeping is the perfect choice for all of your kitchen and house cleaning needs.

 

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