Our kitchen cupboards and drawers have seen it all. From food crumbs to cobwebs, noodles, to dust and brown stains. Now, of all the kitchen tasks, cleaning the inside of cupboards and drawers seems to be the nastiest. You have to empty everything out and that is a time-consuming and boring job. However, every now and then you take some time to roll up your sleeves and just do it. And today is that day of the year when you grab your army of cleaners and start spring cleaning your drawers and cupboards. Are you ready? I bet you are. Here, let me show you a quick guideline on how to get the job done with less hassle.
STEP 1: Okay, first things first, you want to start from the top cabinets. For the purpose, you need to clear out your countertops, table or kitchen island top. This is where you are going to place all of the stuff you hold in your cupboards and drawers. I’ll walk you through the steps on how to clean one drawer/cupboard and then you can repeat on the rest of the drawers/cupboards.
STEP 2: Begin by taking everything out of your drawer/cupboard and onto your counters. Dust the inside of the cupboard. Get rid of all debris and cobwebs if present. You can use a small handheld vacuum to do the trick. Check for stains. If you store food cans and the like, there might be some stains. Pretreat the stains with a little baking soda. Use a sponge to scrub away the white substance. The next thing you are going to do is to spray the inside of the cupboard with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Repeat on the outside of the cupboard. Don’t forget to wipe clean the handle, door and hinges.
STEP 3: Move on to the contents of the cupboard. Take inventory of the stuff you have. Check expiry dates of all your foods. Stale products go directly in the rubbish bin. Decide which items will get trashed and which ones you want to keep. Use trash bags for all the stuff you want to recycle or donate. It can be difficult to part with some things, but for the sake of a neat and organized kitchen, be honest and get rid of anything you are not going to use.
STEP 4: When you are finished sorting through your stuff, it’s time to put it back where it belongs. But don’t just toss it into your cupboard. Make sure that you store it in a neat and organized manner so that you can see every item. Use small boxes, containers, baskets or cans to organize smaller items.
Now, it’s time to repeat the steps on all the drawers and cupboards in your kitchen. It’s pretty much the same procedure every time. You remove everything, you dust (or vacuum), wipe clean with an all-purpose cleaner and then put everything back. Cleaners London remind to dispose of stuff you don’t use. More cleaning and housekeeping tips you can find on their Facebook page.
FINISH LINE: Here are a few quick tips to cleaning your cutlery tray. If you are like me, you probably barely give it a wash. But since you are spring cleaning, this is a great time to touch on it as well. Clear everything out and soak your cutlery tray in the sink for half an hour. Use regular dish soap and warm water. Wipe down with a sponge and rinse. If you notice any brown stains, sprinkle with baking soda and let sit for another half an hour. Scrub well and rinse. It will be fresh and clean. If you can’t be bothered to clean your cutlery tray by hand, toss it in the dishwasher but make sure to place it on the top rack with the upper surface put down. Let the dishwasher get the job done. Voilà!
So, that’s it, folks. It’s not easy to clean your kitchen cupboards and drawers and it doesn’t get done in the blink of an eye, but your drawers will look great in the end, which will give you a sense of accomplishment. You know, when I did my cabinets, I kept on opening them because they were so clean and neat, I couldn’t stop marveling at them. You’ll see what I mean once you do yours. So roll up your sleeves and get it cracking.