30 Day Spring Cleaning – Week 1: the Kitchen
The tasks for week one:
- Clean out refrigerator and freezer
- Clean out and organize pantry
- Clean cupboards and drawers
- Clean oven, dishwasher & other appliances
- Scrub surfaces, sink & clean under sink
Day One: Clean out refrigerator and freezer
I came across a post that gave the how-to on cleaning a fridge in 30 minutes or less. That seemed quick, but I am typically up for a challenge. And…I approximated that 30 minutes was all the time I had before my little one woke up from her nap. I couldn’t do it in 30 minutes! I took out all the shelves and drawers, so I did a thorough job. Otherwise I think 30 minutes would have been doable.
I typically use vinegar, water and paper towels to clean everything. Because I knew that cleaning my fridge would require many paper towels, I went a different route. I found a cleaning recipe from Clean Mama that used water, baking soda and castile soap. It worked very well. I like using Dr Woods Products Pure Almond Castile Soap with Organic Shea Butter 32 oz* as it’s typically a few bucks cheaper than Dr. Bronner’s and it still works great.
Day Two: Clean out and organize pantry
Day Three: Clean cupboards and drawers
Because I thoroughly cleaned many of my cupboards recently, I spent much less time on this task. Use the 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge 2015 schedule as a guide, but focus on what you need to do in your home. Don’t spend time cleaning something just because I said so. ;)
Day Five: Scrub surfaces, sink & clean under sink
I use my simple vinegar/water recipe for cleaning most kitchen surfaces. The measurements are approximations…so easy that you do not even have to measure.
Here is my simple vinegar/water cleaning recipe:
one cup vinegar
three cups water
10 drops of tea tree essential oil
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Here is how to clean your kitchen drain with just baking soda and vinegar :
- Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down into your drain.
- Pour 1 cup vinegar down your drain.
- Cover the drain with a bowl or plate to keep the fizzing in the drain and wait 5-10 minutes.
- Flush the drain with hot water.
This can also work to unclog your drain! I always try this first before I go out and buy one of the hard-core drain cleaners. Almost every time the baking soda and vinegar combo works so I can save money and I don’t have to breathe in the harsh and toxic chemicals. Occasionally I must do the process more than once, but it’s so cheap and easy!
Bonus Tip: I had very little deep cleaning to do in my kitchen. It’s so much more efficient if you don’t have to deep clean. I am all about using my time efficiently. Spending a few minutes here and there with maintenance cleaning is way easier than having to spend time scrubbing and deep-cleaning later. I abide by this for my entire kitchen…just wish I would do this for my tub also…
I will be posting weekly to provide more detailed information on the tasks. I will provide links, tips and cleaning inspiration for the week.