This is the time of year to prepare your home – especially your kitchen – for the holidays. If you’re hosting dinner parties for family and friends, a clean, functional kitchen will help everything go smoothly. You’ve already learned how to clean your oven and refrigerator – now it’s time to tackle the rest of the kitchen as part of your yearly holiday preparations.
Dust High Areas
This is a great place to start because any dust you dislodge can be wiped or swept up later. Dust the top of the cabinets, light fixtures, vent hood and refrigerator. A telescoping duster makes it easy to reach especially high places.
Wipe the Counters
Remove everything from the countertop – not just items that don’t belong there such as mail, newspapers and cookbooks, but also small appliances, fruit bowls and spice racks that live permanently on your counter. Wipe down every surface with a damp cloth, including the backsplash. If you find any stains or marks, don rubber gloves and moisten your cloth with a mild abrasive cleanser. Gently scrub trouble areas until the stains lift.
Clean Countertop Appliances
To continue your holiday preparations, wipe down the blender, coffee maker, slow cooker and other small appliances you leave out all the time. Shake the crumbs out of the toaster and pick any dried batter off your waffle iron or griddle.
Clean the Microwave
Immerse the turntable in the sink or a basin filled with warm soapy water. Spray the entire microwave, inside and out, with all-purpose cleaner and let it sit for two minutes. Wipe down the exterior with a damp, soapy cloth. For stainless steel microwaves, moisten a cloth with diluted vinegar to wipe away fingerprints. Then wipe down the interior.
Return to the soaking turntable. Scrub any spills and rinse it clean. Dry the turntable thoroughly and return it to the microwave.
Clean the Stovetop
Spray it with all-purpose cleaner and let it sit for two minutes. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
If you have a coil top range, unplug the coils and set them aside. Soak drip pans (or grates if you have a gas stovetop) in warm soapy water. Lift up the stovetop to reach the potentially grimy surface underneath. Spray the area with all-purpose cleaner and allow it to sit. Scrub with a heavy-duty scouring pad or steel wool to remove particularly stubborn spots. Rinse and wipe the stovetop clean and lower back to its original position.
Scrub the soaking drip pans or grates to remove stains. Rinse and dry them thoroughly. To make cleaning drip pans easier in the future, consider wrapping them in aluminum foil.
Clean the Sink
Remove metal marks from porcelain sinks or stains from metal sinks with a mild abrasive cleanser. Be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
Next, peel a lemon, lime or orange and send the peel down the drain. Toss in a few ice cubes as well. Then turn on the cold water and power on the garbage disposal. The citrus and ice freshen and clean the disposal, leaving a pleasant scent behind.
Wipe Down the Cabinets
A cloth dampened slightly with soapy water is all you need to remove grime from cabinet doors and drawers. Focus on hardware or corners where people pull the doors and drawers open, since these areas are likely to be the grimiest.
With a clean kitchen, your holiday preparations are well underway! Be sure to contact Mr. Appliance® if any of your kitchen appliances need a little TLC before they go into overtime for the holidays.