Spring Cleaning: Kitchens & Bathrooms

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
May 28, 2015

There’s no doubt about it—cleaning a bathroom, kitchen or mud room can be one of the tougher housecleaning tasks, but also rewarding. Check out these tips to get the job done!

Step 1: Declutter

Kitchen counters can attract quite a few items that have nothing to do with preparing food. Take a few minutes to get everything back to its rightful place. Next, go through your drawers and cupboards, and pull out duplicate items, or items that you never use. Make a Goodwill donation box and add items as you clean. Gently wipe down the inside of drawers and cupboards.


Step 2: If needed, clean out your fridge

You may unearth some long-lost dishes or recyclable containers that you can add to your dishwasher. Does your fridge need a deep-clean? This helpful check-list from Real Simple helps you get it done in just 20 minutes, from cleaning your fridge coils to making the exterior shine.


Step 3: Clean your stove and/or oven

Check out Kitchn, a handy website full of tips on different types of stoves, including some of those areas we all avoid (the range hood filter!). If you have a self-cleaning oven, this could be a great time to switch it on for cleaning, but be prepared for a multi-hour process. If there have been any major spills in your oven, you’ll want to take care of those before you self-clean.


Step 4: Wipe down cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, sinks and appliances

Use a multi-purpose cleaner of your choice to wipe down your kitchen, working from top to bottom. For granite countertops, use a special granite-friendly cleaner or the technique described here. Buff your countertop with a second wipe-down, and it will shine beautifully. For cleaning stainless steel appliances, you’ve got a range of product options. The polishing phase is crucial here as well.


Step 5: Clean floors

Vacuum, then mop, using the appropriate type of cleaner for your floor.



Step 1: Declutter and take out trash, then disinfect your toilet bowl

For a green toilet bowl cleaner, mix a tablespoon of baking powder into a quart of 75/25 mix of white vinegar and water. Let it sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom.


Step 2: Clean surfaces

Spray cleaning product on tile walls, shower walls and the shower head. Let it rest for a few minutes. Use scrubbing pads or a tile brush to clean the tub/shower, then rinse.  Take your shower curtain down and wash it if needed, or clean a glass shower door with glass cleaner. If you’ve got a fiberglass door, clean with a non-abrasive cleaner (such as baking soda) and a soft cloth. 


Next, scrub your toilet bowl. For tips on cleaning your toilet, toilet brush, and even more bathroom deep-cleaning tips, visit this Real Simple site. Clean around the outside and base of the toilet with a dedicated sponge, paper towels, or washable cloths. Gently clean your bathroom countertop with fresh cloths, and an old toothbrush for the nooks and crannies around your faucets. Clean your mirror and give yourself a smile—you’re nearly done.


Step 3:  Vacuum and mop your bathroom floor

Use the recommended cleaning product for your flooring (vinyl, tile, etc.), using a damp mop. Work your way out the bathroom door as you mop. 


Feel better?  Now that you’ve finished your housecleaning, enjoy some time outside. 


(Bonus Mirror Cleaning Tip:  While glass cleaners are great for windows, they can errode the silver backing on mirrors leaving with you with unpleasant black edges on your mirror! Instead, use a 1:4 mixture of rubbing alcohol and water! Simple, effective, and cheap!)


Catherine Sweeney, APR is a professional writer and communicator affiliated with Creative Circle. She dedicates her Goodwill blog-writing in memory of her mom, an avid thrift-shopper and advocate for social change. 

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