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I love love having a clean kitchen. I do not love love cleaning the kitchen. It just seems like there are so many nooks and crannies and appliances PLUS there is the floor that is usually pretty dirty. As I was thinking the other day about how I clean my kitchen I surmised that we could gain a lot of knowledge by sharing with each other how we clean certain rooms in our house. I know it's not rocket science and that there is no WRONG way to clean a room, however I thought it might be helpful to share what and how we clean the room. This brings me back to the kitchen. I thought it might be a great place to start. Over the next few months we'll be sharing a little about how and when to clean items in each room of the house. So here it goes!


Step One: I begin with my counters. I use a damp rag with comet or an all purpose cleaner and scrub all counters and light switches.

Step Two: I then move to appliances.

  •  Microwave - I use an all purpose cleaner and thoroughly wipe off the front and inside of the microwave. If the tray inside is too dirty I wash it in the sink. I then dry it off with a cloth or paper towel.
  •  Oven - I have a glass top oven. Therefore, I use my homemade glass cleaner and wipe off the top, the knobs, and the front of the stove. I occasionally use a special "glass top" cleaner, but for the most part as long as I wipe it off daily and scrape any burns off, it stays clean.  If you have the coil stove, you take each part off and wash in the sink with water and soap if necessary.  Then reassemble.  Ok, here comes the shocker. I DO NOT have a self cleaning oven and I hate it!!! I wipe out the oven with my all purpose cleaner and promise myself that I'm going to REALLY clean it soon, but then don't. So, I promise a post soon about how I cleaned it and it's shiny new!
  •  Dishwasher - I wipe off the inside and outside with my damp cloth.
  •  Refrigerator - for my weekly cleaning I simply wipe off the refrigerator with a damp cloth. Go here for more details on giving your refrigerator a good and thorough cleaning!
  •  Other appliances - I am a minimalist when it comes to keeping appliances on the counter. However, I wipe down any appliances (hello coffee pot!) that are on top of the counters and clean underneath them.

 Step Three: Sink - I pour some comet in the sink and scrub real good! Then I wipe it out with a damp rag.

Step Four: Floors - I move out all of the chairs, sweep and scrub with soap and water! I switch every other week between on my hands and knees or the Swiffer. My mom just purchased the Shark Vac and Steam and I must say I am very jealous! She got a super good deal at Kohl's with her 30% off!!  Hopefully she'll be telling us more about it soon!

Extras - There are still other extras that you can do such as wipe down any pictures or other items you have hanging in your kitchen and clean the lighting if you'd like. I need to be honest and say there is no way I have time to do these every time I clean the kitchen! I'm lucky if I get on my hands and knees and scrub the floors.


So do tell us. How do you go about cleaning your kitchen?

Posted by Tami on Jul 26 10 | Comments (5)
Categories: Kitchen,

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Thanks for the good tips! Sometimes I just never know where to start so I don't:)
Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/26

Hope it helps and I know exactly what you mean!
Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/26

Hi! A fellow cleaner!!! smile I saw where you wrote how you like the Shark. My first Shark Steam Pocket Mop broke, but I just got the replacement today, along with the free Handheld Steam Scrubber and they have 3 interchangeable mop heads now instead of 2. The new one is a lot bigger than the old rectangular one, but they also changed the cleaning pad textures. I was glad I still have my old cleaning pads. I have used the Steam Pocket Mop on the sides of dishwasher, refrigerator, shower stalls. Now I can use the Handheld Steam Scrubber every else sideways like dingy walls, metal file cabinet, baseboards and whatever else I can think of!
Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/04

Wow awesome about the Shark!! Great to know.
Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/16

Hi Tami! I haven't been to this site in a long time, but I wanted to share how I clean the inside of our microwave:) I put a good squirt of lemon juice in a mug, and fill it about half way with water. Microwave this for about a minute or so, and then let it sit, with the door still shut, for a couple more minutes. Then open it up and wipe down the walls and top (the moisture from the liquid in the mug coats the whole inside, so all you have to do is wipe it all down). No chemicals, and it's lemony clean!
Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/01

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