It’s been the longest and coldest Winter we’ve had in Chicago for some time. And with the weather FINALLY showing some signs of Spring, it’s a good time to give some attention to those often neglected spots in your kitchen with a nice Spring clean.
Oven & Range Hood
The easiest way to clean your oven is with a thick paste of baking soda and water applied and left on overnight. The following day, spread vinegar over the surface which will make the gunk easier to scrub off, then wipe down with warm water. Wipe down the inside and outside of your hood with warm, soapy water. Use a scrubbing brush for the really tough spots. Don’t forget to change out the filter!
Cabinet and Drawer Pulls
This is one of the quickest and easiest tasks on your list. Take a few minutes to go through every cabinet, drawer and door knob/handle and wipe them down with warm soapy water or a cleaning product. If you’re feeling really ambitious – wipe down the fronts of the cabinets while you’re at it.
You’d be amazed at just how much dust your kitchen island lights can accumulate over time. Shine them up and remove the dust with a duster or microfiber cloth.
Because of its light coloring and porous composition, grout is prone to staining. The easiest way to clean it is the same way you’d clean your oven – with a baking soda and water mixture, then spray some vinegar on top for good measure. Scrub with a brush and wipe clean with warm water. For those tougher stains, try scrubbing with oxygenated bleach.
Chestnut Kitchen. Design by Dresner Design. Photo by Jim Tschetter