1. Clear The Counters
Clear the counters of anything that doesn’t belong: straggling mail, cookbooks, permission slips awaiting signatures.
2. Fill The Sink
Fill the with hot water and a few squirts of dish soap. Drop in items that need soaking, like the crisper drawer, the dish rack, and the microwave turntable.
3. Empty The Refrigerator
Toss anything that has expired. Throw dirty food-storage containers into the sink to soak. Working from top to bottom, wipe down the shelves with a paper towel or a rag spritzed with a nontoxic all-purpose cleaner.
4. Spray Counter tops and Stove top
Use an all purpose cleaner and spray surfaces liberally. Let the cleaner do it’s work while you move on.
5. Wipe Down Upper Cabinets & Clean Microwave
Set a wet sponge in the microwave and “cook” for 2 minutes. While the microwave is doing it’s work, dip a rag in the warm, soap water and use it to wipe down the doors and pulls of the upper cabinets and anything else on the wall as you circle the room. The sponge in the microwave should be cool enough to handle now. Use it to wipe down the inside and outside of the microwave.
6. Finish Dishes And Clean Sink
Place the items that have been soaking in the sink into the dishwasher or wash by hand. Drain the sink and rinse with hot water. Clean the basin with a mild abrasive like baking soda, or if you need a little more power. Rinse with hot water again. Wipe down the faucet and handles with a microfiber cloth.
7. Oven Cleaning
The secret to make oven cleaning easy is to take care of spills the second they happen. If there’s a sticky mess on the bottom of your oven, sprinkle salt on top as soon as possible. After a little while in a hot oven, the spill will turn to ash and you can easily wipe it up with a wet cloth once your oven cools.
8. Finishing Up
Sweep the floor with a broom and dustpan. Before you deep clean your floor, sweep any specks of dust, crumbs, and garbage that might be on the floor.
Mop your floor when necessary. Use a mop and bucket of soapy water to deep clean your floor. Put everything back in its proper place. After you have finished cleaning, put all cleaning supplies back in their proper place so that you don’t trip over them.
Last of all, take out the trash. You should do this last because while you are cleaning you will undoubtedly find things you will want to throw away. Wash the trash can with soap and water. Replace the bag with a new one.