How to clean your kitchen
From cereal spills in the mad breakfast rush to baked-on stains from last week's cake making, it's no surprise the kitchen quickly becomes the messiest room in the house. If yours is ready for some TLC, our little cleaning wins will bring it back to its best.
Get the clutter cleared
Start by having a good sort out. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen (we’re thinking coats on the back of chairs and that pile of mail that needs sorting through!). Go round your counters too – are there any appliances you could move into a cupboard to free up worktop space?
Top tip: If your cupboards are getting a bit crowded, take a look at our handy kitchen storage range for lots of clever ways to store everything from pan lids to plates.
Get your dishes sparkling
If you’ve got lots of dirty pots piling up in the sink, tackle these next. Washing the dishes doesn’t need to be a chore though, grab one of our refillable wands and it’ll do the hard work for you. Simply pop some washing-up liquid into the handle and it’ll soak through to the attached sponge as you go! Got a dishwasher? Use rinse aid with every cycle to speed up drying time and stop annoying water spots on glassware – that's a little win!
Don’t forget to dust
The kitchen probably gets overlooked when it comes to dusting, but any surfaces that aren’t regularly cleaned with antibacterial spray will want a good dusting every now and then. Dust gathering on microwaves for example can clog the air vent and cause problems.
Always clean from top to bottom using a microfibre duster, this will stop dust falling back onto a clean surface. Our telescopic chenille duster is great for reaching all those awkward places such as the top of fridges and cupboards. The microfibre pad is machine washable too – that's a little win!
Spruce up small appliances
Regular cleaning of smaller appliances such as kettles, toasters and microwaves will keep them working at their best. It’s easy to forget to regularly empty the crumb drawer of your toaster so give this a good clean and wipe at the same time with some antibacterial kitchen cleaner.
Ever looked inside your kettle? You’re likely to find lots of nasty limescale floating around at the bottom. This can easily be sorted with a descaler. Simply pop one of our sachets into a kettle of already boiled water and leave it to work its magic for 10-15 minutes (always follow those instructions!)
Lastly, clean the inside of your microwave with some kitchen cleaning wipes. Don’t forget the doors and hinges too!
Top tip: If you’re struggling to remove baked-on food, pop a microwave-safe bowl of water mixed with the juice of a lemon into the microwave on full power for a few minutes. The steam will help to lift the stains and make them easier to remove – that's a little win!
Finish by giving all your appliances a dust with a good quality microfibre pad and they’ll look like new. Microfibre cloths are great for picking up tiny particles such as dust. That’s because they contain tiny, positively charged particles that act like a magnet to attract negatively charged dust. Cool, hey?
Onto the oven
Oven cleaning is probably the worst job of them all, but there’s lots of ways you can make it a little easier. Choose a specialist oven cleaner which is specifically designed to remove even the toughest grime without the elbow grease. If you’re getting to work on baked-on stains, make sure you scrub them with a non-scratch scourer sponge. Soak the racks in hot soapy water for a while too and you’ll find the dirt will lift off.
Give the fridge a freshen up
If you’re tackling the fridge next, it’s always a good idea to have a bit of a clearout first and throw away anything that’s past its best. It’s easier to clean an empty fridge because then you can remove all the shelves and drawers too. Wipe down with food-safe kitchen cleaning wipes. If you’ve got time, defrost the freezer too. Turn it off first before removing any frost that’s built up around the shelves. It will help it to run more efficiently too and save money on your energy bills. It’s recommended that you defrost your freezer at least once a year.
Get floors sparkling
Now with cleaning top to bottom almost done, the last thing on your list is the floor! Sweep up any loose dirt and crumbs before getting to work with a floor cleaner. If you’re using a mop and bucket, pop some antibacterial floor cleaner into your bucket with some warm water and it’ll help lift any stains with ease. Our clever mop and bucket set has a separate washing and rinsing chamber to make mopping quicker and easier – that's a little win!
Top tip: Use our specialist narrow tool mop head if you need to get to awkward corners and tight spaces.
Now the kitchen’s clean from top to bottom, here’s a few other tips to try:
- Keep sponges and cloths hygienically clean by popping a squirt of washing-up liquid onto them. Squeeze to foam then leave it to get to work on killing germs
- Pop some bin powder into your kitchen bins to keep them smelling fresh and to keep nasty odours away
- Add a plug-in air freshener to your kitchen. Choose a citrusy scent for that fresh fragrance and you’ll have a kitchen that looks AND smells clean!