Kitchen Detox: New Year, New Life for your kitchen
To prepare for another year of great food, make sure your kitchen is in order!
Perhaps the busiest season of the year is over. After all of the cooking, baking and frying, the new year is upon you. Start 2019 off on the right foot by having a thoroughly clean kitchen.
10 steps to detox and have a clean kitchen
1. Deep clean pots and pans
A whole year of use will leave your pots and pans full of stubborn grease and looking jaded. Restore your non-stick cookware by using a non-stick scrubbing sponge and an abrasive product that won’t damage the coating. It might take a lot of work but it’s an important step to getting that detox going, leaving you with a clean kitchen.
2. Clean out the fridge
The refrigerator might be one of the longest tasks to do but is the most necessary. For a full clean, you’ll need to unplug the fridge and move it from the wall so you have access to the back. Hoover the coils to keep the power supply dust free.
Now comes the tough part. Throw away old leftovers and expired ingredients. Store temperature-sensitive food items in a cooler to prevent them from spoiling. Wipe down the shelves and interior of the fridge thoroughly using plant-based ingredients. Lemon and vinegar will do the job removing tough stains. Repeat this process with your freezer and voila! You’re a step closer to a clean kitchen.
3. Wipe down the microwave
All sorts of food will make come and go through the microwave, leaving sauce marks and smells from its constant use. To get a truly clean kitchen, wipe down the inside using a towel soaked with lemon and water.
4. Scrub your stove fan filter
Can you remember the last time you gave the stove fan filter a good clean? If not, that’s usually because it’s a forgotten part of the cleaning process. You just need to use a sponge, hot water and soap. But if it’s really grimy and cleaning it does nothing, consider changing your filters.
5. Clean out your oven
Speaking of grimy surfaces, the oven is notorious for having tough stains. It’s no surprise since turkeys, stuffing, potatoes and all sorts are cooking away in there. Use a combination of baking soda, soap and water to remove the toughest of stains.
6. Give your sinks and tapes some sparkle
Nothing speaks clean kitchen like squeaky clean taps and sinks. Wipe away grime and grease with some hot water combined with lemons.
7. Make your countertops and surfaces spotless
You may have missed a spot after the last time you wiped down the dining table or kitchen top. For wooden countertops, use vinegar to clean up food residue, or lemons to remove food stains. Marble and granite tops only require hot water, soap and a non-abrasive cleaning cloth.
8. Change your water filter
You might forget to change your water filter since you’re constantly on the go. Heading into the new year means having a fresh start. Change your water filters and clean or replace your pitchers.
9. Clean your dishwasher
Grime, soap scum and food residue can build up over time in your dishwasher. Clean the filter out and run a hot water cycle with a cup of vinegar . Leave the dishwasher empty.
10. Give the floor a good scrub
For a clean kitchen, don’t forget to clean and disinfect the floors. Hoover or sweep up any food residue and dust. Remove stubborn stains with lemon and hot water.