10 Kitchen Cleaning Tips

1. Before deep cleaning your kitchen, take time to clear counters, organize drawers and get rid of any expired food or unnecessary items. Clutter will make cleaning harder.

2. Use a stainless steel cleaner or mild soap and water to wipe down the stove, burners, knobs and underneath the burners. For stubborn baked-on grime, let the burners soak in water before scrubbing.

3. Use a soft cloth, sponge or brush to scrub the kitchen sink with an abrasive cleanser or baking soda. Rinse thoroughly afterwards. Wipe down faucets with a microfiber cloth.

4. Mix together warm water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spritz over countertops and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. This will kill bacteria.

5. Use a microfiber duster or cloth to gently remove dust and debris that collects on top of your refrigerator. Vacuum or sweep refrigerator coils a few times per year.

6. Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 2-3 minutes, allowing steam to loosen splatters. Wipe down interior with a cloth.

7. Sweep then use a cleaning solution suitable for your floor type. For linoleum, mix vinegar and water. For tile, use a store-bought tile cleaner. Scrub grout with an old toothbrush.

8. Wipe down the outside of appliances with a soft cloth and mild soap and water or a natural cleaner. Use vinegar on stainless steel. Clean inside appliances like oven or dishwasher as needed.

9. . Use a microfiber duster to gently dust light fixtures, vents, blinds and fans. Telescoping dusters are great for hard-to-reach areas..

10. After cleaning, leave your kitchen smelling fresh. Simmer cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract or citrus peels on the stove for a natural air freshener. Open windows if weather allows.