Is it Spring already? Say it isn’t so! When the weather starts changing I love rotating my closet, putting my heavy coats in boxes out of sight, and my dresses come out of hiding from the depths of the upstairs closet. Something about the changing seasons and shifting of wardrobes, for me, sparks the need to Spring clean! A thorough, deep, Spring cleaning. And because I am a Chef, I pay special attention to when I Spring clean the kitchen, which is my domain. When spring cleaning the kitchen, I pay special attention to the ever growing list of outstanding kitchen cleaning to-do’s, beyond the everyday touchups.
A clean and tidy kitchen requires a lot of upkeep. Sometimes, non-urgent cleaning and maintenance slips through the cracks. We have all been there! But with Spring approaching and new seasonal, fresh dishes waiting to be made, I hunker down and rid the kitchen of Fall and Winter’s crumbs.
To help you Spring clean the kitchen, I created the Foodie’s Guide to Spring Clean the Kitchen, covering the deep cleaning items that are often forgotten. This guide goes beyond the everyday kitchen tasks and focuses on the seasonal and annual items we are more likely to miss. Print out the Foodie’s Guide to Spring Clean the Kitchen to use as a seasonal reference or send it to a friend.
Hey, your kitchen will be spring-cleaning-sparkling in no time!
Foodie’s Guide to Spring Clean the Kitchen
Go beyond the daily kitchen cleaning duties with this deep cleaning kitchen guide. Print out this Foodie’s Guide to Spring Clean the Kitchen, stick it on the inside cupboard door, and use it whenever you get the urge to deep clean your domain. Each kitchen is unique, so feel free to expand on or skip steps depending on your space. Click here for printer friendly version.
Checking the Expiration:
- Oils & Vinegars
- Canned Goods
- Spices & Seasonings – Not only check the expiration, but also give all of your spices the smell test. If the spices don’t have a smell (or the right smell), the spices might have gone bad and need to be tossed.
- Flour & Nuts – These foods contain oils that can go rancid once expired
Cleaning Out the Corners:
- Clean the Trashcan – Clean out any stains, spills, and eliminate odors
- Clean Silverware Drawer Organizer – Take out all silverware from your utensil organizer and clean out the holder
- Wipe Off Shelves – Include all cupboards, cabinets, and pantries; this is where crumbs and sticky spills usually hang out
- Kitchen Walls – When wiping down the walls, pay special attention to the wall behind the stove where splattered grease from cooking can build up
- Under the Sink – Clean out the newspaper or mat under the sink, paying special attention for potential leaks or water damage
- Replace Your Sponge or Kitchen Scrubber – This should be done often
- Wash Reusable Bags – Over time, reusable bags can accumulate a lot of built up dirt and bacteria if not washed and cleaned regularly
Deep Clean Appliances:
- Toaster or Toaster Oven– Shake out leftover crumbs and wipe down (cleaning resource)
- Coffee Machine – over time, hard water and coffee bean oils build up in your machine. Cleaning it not only makes your machine last longer and work more effectively, it can also improve the taste of your morning brew! (Keurig: cleaning resource, traditional coffee machine: cleaning resource)
- Oven (cleaning resource)
- Stovetop (cleaning resources for glass top, electric burners, and gas range)
- Dishwasher – refresh by removing built up hard water and food particles (natural cleaning resource)
- Refresh the Garbage Disposal (cleaning resource)
- Sharpening Knives
- Check Oven Temperature Accuracy
- Check Refrigerator and Freezer Temperature Accuracy
- Decluttering – donate unused or out-of-date kitchenware, dishware, and gadgets