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Kitchen get messy over the winter. Here are some suggestions for kitchen cleaning in spring to get your kitchens sparkling.

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If you’re like many of us, you’ve taken refuge in your kitchen on the long, cold winter days. Because what’s more cheering than a steaming bowl of chili or a fragrant plate of cookies to banish the winter blues? Of course, all those hours spent cooking take their toll on your kitchen.

And, now it’s spring!

If your kitchen is looking worse for wear, fret not! A top-to-bottom scrubbing will restore its faded glory. Like most spring cleaning chores, there are tips and tricks to speed it along. So round-up your brushes, sponges, and gloves and read on to learn the secrets to a sparkling kitchen.

Oven and cooktop

On the night before your cleaning spree, prepare a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water. Remove the oven racks and soak them in soapy water. Apply the paste to the sides and bottom of your oven and leave it overnight. In the morning, use a plastic scraper to remove the paste, adding water as needed. Use a scouring pad on the racks. For baked-on debris, skip the soak and use the paste overnight before scrubbing.

You can clean gas burners by sealing them in a plastic bag with a quarter-cup of ammonia for a couple of hours. The fumes dissolve burnt foods and grease; rinse the burners in warm water and wipe them clean. For electric stoves, use a mild cleanser to clean the reflector bowls; wipe coils with a damp sponge.

Sink and disposal

To clean stainless steel sinks, sprinkle baking soda over the bottom and scour with a toothbrush. For persistent stains, apply a layer of coarse salt and use half of a lemon to scrub the salt into the stain until it disappears. Cut the used lemon into chunks and run it through the garbage disposal to clean and freshen it. Clean ceramic sinks with Bar Keeper’s Friend or a similar cleanser.

Refrigerator

Prepare a solution of one-quarter cup baking soda and a half-gallon of hot water and wipe down the interior of the fridge. Use the same solution to scrub down bins and shelves. Pro tip: Avoid kitchen cleansers and detergents because they leave a fragrance that your food will absorb.

Use a towel soaked in the baking soda solution to soften and remove dried-on spills. Use this handy checklist to keep your refrigerator clean and efficiently running.

Dishwasher

Use lemon-flavored unsweetened drink mix to freshen your dishwasher and remove stubborn lime deposits. Pour one or two packets into the detergent tray and run it through a hot wash cycle. Let the citric acid work its magic.

Microwave

Slice a lemon and put it in a bowl with two cups of water. Heat it on high for three or four minutes. Let it sit in the microwave with the door closed for five minutes to loosen caked-on residue and get rid of food smells. Wipe down with a damp sponge.

Don’t let a dirty kitchen get you down. Use these simple secrets and get your kitchen ship-shape and ready for spring. You’ll be happy you did.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.