Spring Cleaning Checklist Kitchen Edition

#NATIONALCLEANINGWEEK

Ever hear the expression "a messy kitchen is a happy kitchen"? Frankly, that's a load of $#!T. Nothing makes us happier than a clean kitchen, so we want to share our tips + tricks for a deep kitchen clean. Give it a go, then tell us how you feel. After all, the kitchen is the heart of every home.

Here's our updated #KEEPITKEPT printable checklist.

☐   COUNTERTOPS – Remove everything; clean with a microfiber cloth dipped in warm, sudsy water, then “rinse” with a damp microfiber cloth, and finish by drying with a clean cloth (our super absorbent Flour Sack Towels work great for drying!). PRO TIP: If needed, use a butter knife covered with a soft cloth to dig out crumbs along countertop edges.

☐   BACKSPLASH – Wet a microfiber cloth with warm, sudsy water to clean away greasy grime. “Rinse” with a wet microfiber cloth, wrung out.

☐   CABINET DOORS – Clean the front of your kitchen cabinets using a wood cleaner or all purpose cleaner (depending on material), wiping in the direction of the grain; pay special attention to the area around door pulls.

☐   CABINET AND DRAWERS – Remove everything, vacuum interior, and then put back only what you use; donate the rest.

☐   MICROWAVE – Microwave a small bowl of water on high for 5 minutes to create steam; wipe spatters with a microfiber cloth; wash the turntable in the dishwasher.

☐   GARBAGE DISPOSAL – Drop a dozen ice cubes down the drain and turn on the disposal; then dump in ½ cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar; let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix a paste of vinegar and baking soda and apply with a toothbrush to the underside of the garbage disposal flaps and visible portion of the drain. Then fill the sink halfway with hot water and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid, remove the stopper, and run the disposal.

☐   STOVE/OVEN – Wipe top first, then front with a damp microfiber cloth. Use oven cleaner as directed.

☐   SMALL APPLIANCES – Wipe down the outside of the appliance with a damp microfiber cloth and dry with a clean cloth.

☐   DISHWASHER – Remove any debris from drain, then run a wash cycle with a cup of vinegar placed on the top rack to remove musty odors or a cup of baking soda sprinkled across the bottom to whiten the interior.

☐   REFRIGERATOR – Remove all food to counter, tossing expired and questionable foods. Remove bins and wash in warm, sudsy water, rinse and dry. Working from the top down, spritz shelves with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Wipe top of refrigerator with a damp microfiber cloth to remove grime; use a clean, damp microfiber cloth to wipe the front of your refrigerator.

☐   PANTRY – Donate old packages of dry goods and food items you’re not likely to use; set up zones for food categories such as baking supplies, cereals, canned goods, grains, and snack foods; label shelves to help keep your pantry organized.