The kitchen is the room in your house that sees the most activity. When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, we often focus on the big areas like the counters, floors, and appliances. However, a few spots are often overlooked, including the top of the refrigerator, inside drawers, cabinet handles, and your range hood vents. These spots can accumulate a lot of dirt and grime, so it’s essential to give them a good cleaning every once in a while. This blog post will show you how to clean these three often forgotten spots in your kitchen.
1. Top Of Your Fridge
The top of your fridge is a catch-all for dust and food particles, so it is essential to give it a quick wipe-down now and then. Cleaning the top of your refrigerator may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips to make the process a breeze!
- First, start by removing everything from the top of your fridge, which will give you a clean slate to work with and simplify the cleaning process.
- Once everything is off, use a damp cloth to wipe the surface down. If there are any tough stains, you can use a mild cleaner or vinegar to help remove them.
- Once the top of your fridge is clean, put everything, making sure to organize as you go. This will help keep the area looking tidy and clean and make it easier to clean in the future. It is also a great time to wipe down your fridge door handles!
2. Inside Drawers and Cabinet Handles
Kitchen drawers are one of the most used and neglected spaces in a kitchen when it comes to cleaning, and they are known to collect small bits of food, dust, and expired food items. Cleaning out your drawers involves a few simple steps:
- Start by removing everything from your drawer; we recommend going one drawer at a time, so it is not overwhelming. Once everything is out, if you can remove your drawer, pull it out and dump any loose bits into the trash. (If you can’t remove your drawers, you can use a damp cloth to wipe out the inside of your drawers.
- For drawers with tough spots, you can use a mild cleaner or vinegar to remove them. This is also another great opportunity to wipe down those cabinet handles!
- Once your drawers are clean, reinstall them and begin to put things away, organizing as you go. Also, double-check the expiration dates for spices, sauces, and whatever else might live in your drawers, and dispose of expired things.
- You can use small baskets or bins to help corral-like items and ensure your most-used items are easily accessible. By keeping your drawers organized, you’ll be able to find what you need quickly and easily.
3. Your Wooden Range Hoods
And lastly, we have your wooden range hood! When cleaning your kitchen, your wooden range hood is one of the most important places to keep clean. It is an essential part of your kitchen, but it also plays a huge role in helping to support the air in your kitchen clean. Range hoods have a functional design to filter out toxic cooking fumes and help collect cooking grease, which means they are often one of the dirtiest spots in your kitchen. Wiping down your range hood after each meal is a great way to eliminate grease build-up on your hood, but you should also deep clean your range hood at least once a month.
Cleaning the outside of your range hood:
- Mix lukewarm water and a few drops of clear dish soap; you can use a bowl or a spray bottle.
- Dampen a microfiber cloth with your cleaning mixture and wipe down your hood from top to bottom. For tough grease stains, you may need more soap and water to remove them.
- Using a dry microfiber cloth, wipe down your hood, ensuring that your hood is completely dry.