The holiday season has arrived, and very quickly I might add. With all the baking, cooking, and gathering with loved ones, our kitchens could use some extra care before it all begins! So here are 10 tips to naturally deep clean your kitchen.
The star of the show today is…drum roll please!…you guessed it, Vinegar! White distilled vinegar to be exact. Ahh let her shine in all her cleaning glory! It is amazing how much you can do with just a few natural cleaning ingredients. And vinegar is definitely one of them.
You can always do this deep clean after the holidays, but I chose to do it now just to ensure my appliances are running their best. I have a lot of baking planned and will be getting a lot of use out of everything in my kitchen.
So put your cleaning gloves on and let’s get started!
1. The Dishwasher
I usually try to do this every 1-2 months because I want to make sure my dishes are getting as clean as possible. There’s nothing worse then taking the dishes out, that you’ve just ran in the dishwasher only to find they’re still dirty. Ugh what was the whole point! So this vinegar rinse helps me with that problem.
First, I add 1 cup of white vinegar into a dishwasher safe cup and place on the top rack.
With nothing else in the dishwasher, I run a cycle with hot water and heat dry. This helps to get rid of all the grease, grime and food particles that may be stuck in there.
Aside from a clean dishwasher, this is what you’ll be left with when the cycle is complete.
Dump it out and wah lah! You’re dishwasher is clean. Some people run another cycle with baking soda, but for the sake of saving water I don’t like to run an extra cycle. I find that keeping up with just a vinegar rinse works well for me.
2. Behind/Sides of the Stove
Some people tend to forget about this one. But it’s important to help maintain your appliance. If you ever find ants on the countertops, this is the first place I’d check because so many crumbs fall through those darn cracks on the side of the stove. We don’t mean to do it, it just happens!
I pull the stove from the wall just enough for me to get back there and do a little sweeping.
I just did this a few months back so luckily it wasn’t too bad. You can also spot mop if there’s anything sticky.
When you pull the stove out, you’re also able to get to the sides of it. This is like a magnet for things that drip like soups or sauces. Even when I try my best to keep it clean, things still find their way down the side of my stove. Annoying.
But luckily I have my handy dandy vinegar. I keep a spray in the kitchen as an “All Purpose Cleaner.”
It’s simply half white vinegar and half distilled water. I repurposed an apple cider vinegar bottle and it works great!
So, after I clean the sides of the stove I move on to the microwave. I wipe away any crumbs and gunk with my vinegar spray and a microfiber cloth.
4. Stove Top and Oven
Then, I wipe the stove top and create a baking soda paste to help me get rid of the food that’s stuck on there.
I just add some baking soda with a little bit of water until it becomes a loose paste. Just enough for me to pour it over the stove. I only pour it on sections that need an extra scrub.
Once I pour on the paste, I use a separate microfiber cloth to spread it out in circular motions.
I like to let this sit for about 30 minutes or more. I’ll do other tasks while I wait. Then, once I’m ready to finish cleaning it, I’ll spray some of my vinegar over the paste.
This creates a reaction, and while that’s happening I use my little scrapper tool to get off the whatever is stuck on there.
This is a great tool if you have a glass cook top. I know it makes my life easier. I got mine at Home Depot. However, you’ll want to be careful when using it. There’s a certain angle you want to make sure your scrapping at, but it does come with directions when you buy it.
After that I wipe away the excess with my cloth.
Note: Make sure you use the same cloth for only this process. Using it to wipe any other surfaces will cause white streaks and we don’t want that :).
I also repeat the same steps for inside the oven.
5. Inside the Fridge
Once the stove is done, I move onto the refrigerator. Again with my vinegar spray and the same cloth I used to clean the microwave, I wipe the shelves and toss anything that’s been in there too long. We’re pretty good about eating leftovers, but sometimes there’s that one random container that gets forgotten about in the dark corner of the fridge. You know the one.
Next, we’ve finally reached the sink. I first wash all the dishes…there was a lot. And place them to dry in my nice clean dishwasher. Then, I sprinkle some baking soda in the sink and drizzle a little dish soap over it.
In circular motions, I clean the sink with my blue scrub.
Yay now it’s all sparkly and clean, just the way I like it!
7. Garbage Disposal
Once the sink is done, I stick one of my homemade pods in the garbage disposal.
The pod acts as a cleaner and gives the disposal a nice lemony scent too. They are fairly simple to make. I just cut up some small pieces of lemon and freeze them in vinegar. You can also freeze them in water.
I got this silicone mold from IKEA for about $1-$2. If you don’t have an IKEA in your area, I’m sure you can find them at Target or any other store that sells home and kitchen items.
8. Wipe Appliances
We’re almost there. The next thing I do is wipe down all my appliances with my vinegar spray and microfiber cloth. I have stainless steel appliances and the spray works perfectly for getting out streaks and stains.
9. Wipe Cabinets and Countertops
One of the last things I do is wipe down my cabinets and countertops. Although the vinegar spray works good here too, sometimes I like to add a little scent so I’ll use this multipurpose spray.
It smells like grapefruit and is all natural too. I also use this for quick clean ups on the stove top.
10. On Top Of and Underneath the Fridge
An extra deep clean can also be on top of the fridge. I didn’t do this because I was already ahead of the game and did it about 2 weeks ago. But it tends to get so dusty and sometimes greasy on top of the fridge, so it could use a good wipe down. With your vinegar spray of course.
Underneath the fridge is a forgotten place too. That’s where lots of dust piles up and can affect the performance of your appliance. A quick vacuum under there can get the job done.
A Clean Kitchen
So, after you’re done you can make yourself some lunch, sit back, and watch the pioneer woman on Food Network…at least that’s what I did anyway. My kitchen is prepped and I’m ready to go. Bring it on baking season!
I hope you found these 10 tips to naturally deep clean your kitchen helpful! Have you used any of these things to clean your kitchen?