Monday, April 27, 2009

Spring Cleaning- Kitchen/ Dining Area

Are you up for the kitchen challenge this week??? I know my kitchen has been feeling left out of the spring cleaning thing and wants a piece of the cleaning action...
So, here we go!
Just some "fun" facts for you today...
Top Ten Dirtiest things in Your Home:
This coming from
Several of these items you see here are found in the KITCHEN!
On another search of the GERMIEST places:
#1- Sponges (solution: run through dishwasher or in microwave)
#2- Women's purses (where do you set your purse when you potty in public? And then wash your hands?)
#3- Men's Wallets (you sit on them and keep them nice a warm...)
#4- Make-up Case
#5- Remote Control
#6- Pillows & Mattress (The average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells per hour and perspires one quart per day while doing nothing...)
#7- Refillable liquid soap dispensers! (They suggest not to reuse them!)
#8- PDAs, Personal digital assistants ( like a Blackberry)
#9- Phones
#10- Bottoms of desks drawers (inside, because of food and things stored in desks)
#11- Computer Mouse
#12- Door Handles
These were compiled by Life Script.
You ready to clean yet?
So, let's get started:
  • Start with a general clean-up of your kitchen
  • Go cupboard by cupboard

- Take everything out, look at expirations, wipe down shelving, add shelf liners?, reorganize

- Fix squeaky doors, add bumpers to doors so they don't slam shut

- Put "like" things together, so thing are more organized

- Put stockpiled items in a separate location???

- Consider taking inventory of what you have.

  • Take everything off of your counters- wipe down everything, remove anything that does not need to be there.
  • Wipe down all cupboard fronts
  • Clean all decorations, wipe down with damp cloth or wash in soapy water
  • Refrigerator

- Clean off top

- Take everything out (check expirations)

- Wipe down shelves, or take out and wash

- Put hings back in, organize

- Add a box of baking soda, to take away odors

  • Freezer (clean out the same way as fridge)
  • Microwave (heat a cup of water with 1/2 cup of lemon juice for 2 minutes, then wipe down inside!)
  • Clean oven top and inside!
  • Clean oven vent hood.
  • Garbage Can- Clean out, wipe down, clean garbage area
  • Clean floors, windows, curtains

Dining Area

  • Thoroughly wipe down table tops and legs, underside
  • get a new centerpiece for spring or revive the old one!
  • Clean floors thoroughly
  • Clean decor
  • Get rid of anything that doesn't belong
  • Clean windows and curtains
  • Thought about saving money on napkins? Get cloth ones!

Ok! Link up below with your pics and we will see you back here at least by Friday! GO!


Megan said...

Wow there is no way I can do that list!!! I will see how far I'll get! I think I'm tired already!

good luck!

Steph said...

Thanks for the "recipe" to use when we wipe down our freezers! Going to tackle that today!

Steph said...

I mean microwave;-)

Steph said...

Not looking like a good week for me to tackle my kitchen. My hubby still has a bit of drywall left to sand = lots of dust! Took my curtains down to wash and got the inside of my microwave and refrigerator/freezer wiped down. But wiping down anything else would be a waste of my time this week. It is such a bummer though because it is so rainy we can't be outside so it would have been an ideal week! Oh well. But once he is done sanding I won't have a choice but to wipe down my cabinets and shelves. The joys of fixing up a house and making it into our home!