The kitchen is the hardest-working room in your house. So it’s essential to have it spick and span to ensure food cleanliness and safety. Therefore, your kitchen needs a regular deep clean for pristine conditions.
A deep clean is due monthly for best conditions. They’re also due before any special occasion to have your kitchen apt and prepared to serve guests.
CNY is inching in on us so a deep clean is due. Want to prep for the festivities but don't know where to start? Here are 10 deep clean techniques in order of importance that you need to make sure you’ve done before your CNY open house. So, you can entertain guests and get on swiftly about your festivities.
1. Give Your Sink a Thorough Scrub Down
The sink is the 2nd dirtiest part in any kitchen. Did you know 45% of all home sinks tested had E. coli or some form of coliform bacteria? Makes your stomach turn considering your use your sink to prep all your food.
Do take care to disinfect your sink daily for maintained basic hygiene. A thorough scrub down is due every month. So, what more apt time for a sink clean than before CNY? We want to avoid food poisoning at all costs during such a festive time.
For a thorough sink cleaning, use baking soda. Sprinkle the sink with it liberally, let it sit, then scrub with an abrasive. Next, rinse with commercial cleaner, then hot water.
If you have a garbage disposal, scrub it with baking soda and a toothbrush to rid it of lurking bacteria. Run lemon peels down the disposal for freshness.
2. Strip Down That Dirty Dirty Floor
If you have a hardwood floor, use wood floor cleaner with a microfiber cloth. Take care to not expose your floor to too much moisture. Scrub nooks and crannies with cleaner and a toothbrush. Finish off by wiping it dry.
If you have tile floors, scrub your floors with heavy-duty all-purpose cleaner and a brush. Bleach does the job well to clean and disinfect simultaneously. Next, be sure to get in between grout lines as these harbor the most bacteria. Then, simply wipe dry and voila.
If you're not sure, all-purpose cleaner and a steam mop will do the job sufficiently.
3. Get That Stubborn Oven Spotless With a Deep Clean
The festive season means cookies and cakes are staples on any CNY tablescape. Since, your oven will see heavy use this CNY, get it clean and ready to bake.
Unless you have a self-cleaning oven, chances are, you're tasked with cleaning. The easiest way to deep clean your oven is with baking soda + water paste.
First, combine a box of baking soda with water to form a paste. Then slather it all over the surface within your oven. while avoiding bare metal surface and the oven door. Lastly, let it sit overnight, then wipe off the paste and rinse with water if needed.
4. Purge Your Fridge Of Old Food And Scrub It Down
Your fridge earns the title of the 4th dirtiest kitchen member. That’s a little unsettling considering you store all your food in there no? If not cleaned regularly, your fridge probably harbors coliform bacteria, yeast, and mold.
Make a deep clean monthly practice. Since you’ll be entertaining a lot of guests this CNY, take extra care. We’d hate to accidentally make someone ill right?
Here’s how you give your fridge a much needed deep clean before CNY festivities.
- Switch off your fridge, take out all the food and set on the counter.
- Remove all the shelves and soak in mild detergent/ baking soda with water.
- Wipe down the interior of your fridge with mild soap/ baking soda and hot water thoroughly. Don’t miss corners and nooks.
- Scrub it down if necessary.
- Wipe down the interior with a clean rag and let dry.
- Scrub soaked shelves to remove stains then dry completely.
- Put your shelves and food back into the fridge.
- Dust the top of the fridge and back where the coils are.
- Switch the fridge back on.
5. Ceiling and Corners Cobweb/ Dust Purge
Chances are, you probably skip this step everytime you deep clean your kitchen. So, don’t miss out on ridding your kitchen of cobwebs/ dust before CNY. Be it on the ceilings, fans/ vents, corners or on shelves, they have to go.
You’d hate to be entertaining guests or hosting a potluck then have someone call out the cobwebs/ dust. All you have to do is sweep/ vacuum off the cobwebs and dust. Then follow up with a cloth to wipe off more stubborn webs/ dust.
Take this step every time you have a deep clean otherwise it may end up in your food. We don't want that, especially during CNY festivities.
6. Cabinet/ Drawer/ Pantry Spring Cleaning And Reorganizing
Goodies, gifts, and hampers are sure to come from CNY festivities. When this happens, you'll want the extra kitchen storage. So, you need to deep clean out your cabinets, drawers, and pantry. It should already be a habit every few months.
Here’s a step by step for how to deep clean your cabinets/ drawers/ pantry.
- Empty out your storage top to bottom
- Vacuum if necessary. Otherwise, wipe/ scrub down any dirt/ dust. Do it top to bottom with mild detergent.
- Let dry, then line shelves/ drawers to ease the next cleaning.
- Clean or wipe down contents, throw away the mismatched and any old food.
- Rearrange contents neatly once dried back into your storage.
- If you have wood cabinets/ drawers/ pantry shelves, don’t forget to oil your wood surfaces. Be sure to oil exteriors too.
- Plagued with more stubborn grease/ dirt? Use commercial grade cleaner to scrub surfaces.
7. Mass Scrub/ Wipe Down; Countertops and Backsplashes
So, before CNY, clean them thoroughly. Clear your countertops of appliances, kitchenware, decor, and possibly food. Then, give your countertops and backsplash a deep clean scrub. All you need is all-purpose cleaner and a mildly abrasive sponge.
Get rid of all the food residue, accumulated dust, and gunk buildup. Focus on corners and dark places as germs love lurking here. Next, wipe it down with a clean rag and let it dry. Finally, reorganize appliances on your countertop.
8. Clean Your Greasy Hobs And Hood For Fresh Air And Swift Cooking
They require a deep clean every month to keep the area sanitary and fresh for food prep. Therefore, a deep clean for your stove and hood is essential before CNY. Since your kitchen will be used to cook frequently this festive season.
How to clean any burner:
Electric/induction hobs: Wipe down thoroughly with cleaner and a cloth
- Take off the pan supports and gas caps. Soak them in dish soap and hot water to ease grease cleaning.
- Unclog burners with a pin to ease gas flow and maintain efficient cooking.
- Scrub down the stove top with an abrasive and dish soap to eliminate grease.
- Wipe down with a clean wet cloth and let dry.
- Scrub soaked parts and dry.
- Reassemble stove parts and voila! Good as new.
How to clean greasy hoods:
- Remove detachable parts then soak in dish soap and hot water.
- Scrub down the body of the hood and wipe it with a clean wet cloth.
- Replace the oil and air filter to restore hood power and efficiency.
- Scrub soaked parts with an abrasive and dry.
- Reassemble parts and voila! Spick and span.
9. Necessary Dusty Window Cleaning
Window sills accumulate a lot of dust. In your kitchen, this dust could easily end up in your food. You definitely don’t want that this festive season. So, before the festivities ensue, your windows need a deep clean.
Window cleaning in your kitchen should be done weekly. So, make sure you do it right before CNY festivities ensue.
Here’s a step by step on how to clean your windows thoroughly:
- Take down your drapes, curtains, screens or blinds. Wash them according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Vacuum and wipe down your window sills and the corners that harbor a lot of dust.
- Wash and wipe your windows clean with window cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
- Let dry, put your drapes, curtains, screens or blinds back on and done!
10. Clean And Replace Your Water Filter
Changing your filters are a once every 3 months or biyearly task. Why not time a change for before your CNY festivities. Since you’ll be entertaining a lot of guests, it seems only apt to ensure food and drink quality.
Sanitation and hygiene are absolutely paramount when it comes to prepping food and drink. Water is in everything so make sure your filters are changed and cleaned before CNY comes.
So, have it in tip-top shape to perform for you this CNY.
Jiayou in tackling your kitchen cleaning woes before CNY!
You know what you need to do to cover all bases. Get on it soon as CNY is approaching soon. Hopefully, these steps ease your deep clean processes when you get to it.
All the best for your kitchens! Nobody enjoys cleaning, but we all know it’s a necessary evil. Don’t procrastinate so you can enjoy the few days before CNY relaxing.
And have a Happy Chinese New Year!