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Spring Cleaning Tips for Mom: Let’s Tackle the Kitchen

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Spring Cleaning The
Kitchen, Part 1

Spring cleaning in the kitchen is probably the hardest
task of all. As many call it the heart of the home, it certainly
deserves some extra love and care when cleaning time rolls around. Here
are some great tips that can help you get your kitchen clean and
organized.

Start from the top and work down, to keep from having to
clean the same areas over again. If you wipe out the cabinets after
scrubbing the countertops, you will probably have to clean the counters
again.

If you have areas around the stove that have grease build
up, spray them down and let it sit while working on other projects. This
will cut the time it takes to scrub off the set in grease significantly.

Start by cleaning the cobwebs and dust that has collected
on the walls over the winter. As you are dusting, decide if the walls
need a thorough scrub down, a quick wipe, or just a spot cleaning. Save
yourself some elbow grease for other tasks, if the walls seem to be in
good shape.

Wipe of the tops of the cabinets and higher shelves next.
Declutter the top of the refrigerator while you have out the stepstool
and are lugging it around. Also, while the stepstool or ladder is out,
take down the curtains or blinds and clean them or replace them, if
necessary. If you have a ceiling fan in your kitchen, now would be a
prime time to clean the dust and polish the metal fixtures.

While your window treatments are out of the way, clean
your windows and screens. Make sure to do both the inside and outside,
to keep the room feeling bright and cheerful. Leave the windows open
once the screens have been replaced, to let some fresh air in and the
fumes of the cleaning products out.

Hit the fridge next, taking everything out of both the
refrigerator and freezer. Throw away expired food, almost empty items,
and anything that looks as if it has taken on a life of its own. In the
freezer, trash anything that might be past its expiration date or has
developed freezer burn. Get the trash bag full of food outside and in a
sealed garbage can. This will keep the smells out of your house and the
local wildlife from having a buffet in your yard.

Remove the shelves from the refrigerator and wash them
well. Take out the meat and vegetable drawers and give them a good soak,
as well. Defrost the freezer if needed and wipe out the inside of both
the fridge and freezer. Before replacing the shelves and drawers, pull
the refrigerator out, unplug it and vacuum the coils. Clean up the dirt
and grime underneath and get the “hidden treasures” from under and
behind the fridge.

Cleaning out the kitchen can be a big job! In Part 2 of
this article, we’ll discuss some more tasks to give your kitchen a
thorough spring cleaning.

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