Create a brighter and cleaner kitchen with our Kitchen Cleaning Tips!

1. Welcome to our Kitchen Cleaning Tips Page.

Well! Here is another well traversed part of the house. You are in it for quite a major part of the day. You have 2 -3 meals a day whereby you cook and then eat.

You make quite a bit of mess and even though it is cleaned as you go along, you still leave a lot of other cleaning which has to be done regularly.

You also chat with your family, friends and even read in your kitchen. It is perhaps the most used room in the house.

The kitchen apart from the toilet area of the bathroom is perhaps the messiest part of your home when you actually are using it.

But eat you must and some people like entertaining also on a regular basis. Anyway, think about it. A kitchen is made to be messed up isn't it? Otherwise how would you cook? And eat? And survive? It is taken for granted that you have to clean up after you cook. The only problem is you have to do it yourself.

So you want to keep your kitchen in tip top condition? Well? What are you waiting for? Let's go!!

2. Preparation.

First, gather all the utensils, tools and cleaners that you need to do this chore? Not planned your cleaning yet? See Planning and Organisation.

You will need household sponges, cleaning rags, liquid dish detergent/degreaser, disinfectant cleaner/sanitizer, Soft Scrub and/or Comet and window cleaner.

Also do a checklist for cleaning the kitchen:

  • Cooker - Overhead Fan Extractor Stove, Hood.
  • Microwave.
  • Pots and Pans.
  • Appliances - Switch off at mains first.
  • Freezer.
  • Cupboards.
  • Window.
  • Counter Tops.
  • Table and Chairs.
  • Dishes and Dishwasher.
  • Cutlery.
  • Refrigerator
  • Sink.
  • Kitchen bin.Trash extractor.
  • Kitchen Floor.

3. Cleaning the Stove.

Caution: Consult the owner's manual before using cleaning products on a range of kitchen appliances. Some ranges have metal trim that can be ruined by ammonia and ammonia products.

Remove burner drip pans (if they are removable) and put them into the kitchen sink. Cover with water as warm as you can touch, or hot water and allow it to cool until you can put your hand in it comfortably. Add a liquid dish detergent and allow the pans to soak to soften the burnt on grease and drips.

If burner drip pans are not removable, move the elements out of the way, and spray the pans with a cleaner/degreaser. For the surface of the stove, remove the knobs and put them into the sink with the drip pans. Then spray the stove top with a degreaser. Use a sponge and scrub the stubborn areas. Then re-spray with the window cleaner and buff to a shine with paper towels. Use a scrub brush on the knobs, rinse well, then dry and replace.

Apply the liquid abrasive cleaner to the drip pans if they need extra attention and have not soaked clean. Then scrub with a sponge, rinse well, dry and replace.

4. Cleaning the Oven.

Spray the inside of the oven with a heavy-duty degreaser/cleaner and apply some elbow grease if you do not have a self-cleaning oven. Use a scrubby with the cleaner and rub lightly to removed baked on food. Rinse well and dry with a clean cloth.

Use window spray for the hood of the stove. Remove the filter and put it in the sink. Cover the filter with warm water and a cup of household cleaning ammonia (if suitable). After a few moments, rinse out in the water, and replace.

5. Cleaning the Dishwasher.

Sprinkle a cup of baking powder inside of the dishwasher if it has a stale smell and run it through a short cycle.

Using an all purpose cleaner, spray the outside and wipe down. Do the same to the trash compactor.

Make sure dishes are always washed and put away as soon as possible after using.

If you don't have time, give them a quick rinse and put them in the dishwasher.

Throw away table scraps and vegetable trimmings into the trash as soon as possible and give the sink a quick wash and rinse.

Shine the taps with a cleaner/degreaser or window spray.

6. Cleaning the Microwave.

Wipe microwave inside and out. Take out the turntable, wash and dry it before replacing. Clean the inside of the microwave as food often splatters when heated. Usually all it needs is a scrubbing with the kitchen sponge dipped in hot soapy water. Wipe with a cloth dipped in clean water and dry.

7. Cleaning the Refrigerator.

Using a cloth dipped in hot soapy water and wipe the inside and outside and the top of the refrigerator. Follow with the window spray, then wipe with paper towels to give a soft clean shine.

8. Cleaning the Kitchen Counter tops.

When cleaning counter tops, remove all items from the counter, then wipe the counter from one end to the other. Use the disinfectant cleaner, or hot soapy water to remove grime and grease. Rinse well and wipe dry. Then replace canisters, small appliances, and other items.

Clean the surfaces of the small appliances, finishing off with a spray of the window cleaner to make them shine.

9. Cleaning the Kitchen Floor.

You can't clean a kitchen floor too often. Sweep, vacuum, or dust mop the floor and then give it a damp mopping.

10. Other Kitchen Cleaning Tips.

  • Keep a plastic scraper in the kitchen and use it to scrape stuck food off the stovetop.

  • Drip pans and grates can be cleaned in the dishwasher. If a tray can't be removed, pour some water on it and let it soak for awhile.

  • Pull off the knobs regularly and clean them with a degreaser. Do not soak the knobs, however, as this may cause the lettering to come off.

  • Keep a spray bottle filled with water or a diluted ammonia-water solution handy to wipe up grease splatters right away. Grease is much easier to deal with when it's not dried.

  • After repeated use, ordinary sponges and dishcloths soon become sour-smelling and unsanitary. Take advantage of the sponges and scrub pads now made with built-in germ resistance. You can also put a sponge in the microwave for thirty seconds, or run it through the dishwasher to sanitize it.

  • Spray and wipe any spots or hand prints on the stove, refrigerator, micro-wave, and cupboards.

  • Windows right above a sink usually need attention. If you have large windows in the kitchen and they seem dirty overall, run some dish detergent solution into the sink so you can squeegee them off quickly. Otherwise just use a spray bottle of window cleaner to remove the sink overspray, kid prints, and flyspecks.

  • Cleaning the film created by dust, moisture from steam, and airborne grease from cooking is a major challenge.

    Mix up a spray bottle of degreasing solution and use a couple drops of liquid dish detergent in water for lighter deposits, and a degreaser for heavier ones. Spray the solution on, leave it on there about ten seconds to give it a chance to dissolve the grease, then wipe and polish dry with a cleaning cloth.

11. Updates are ongoing.

More information about Kitchen Cleaning Tips will be given as we develop this site further. Please bear with us as we gather the relevant information.

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