If you’re a bit of a home chef, you probably find yourself doing a basic kitchen clean fairly often – wiping down benches, scrubbing out the sink and so on. But be honest: when was the last time you tackled the oven, or the fridge?
If your kitchen white-ware is looking a bit worse for wear, here’s our handy guide to deep cleaning all those forgotten spots, leaving you with a sparkling kitchen you’ll be proud to cook in.
When it comes to cleaning, your oven is probably one of the most neglected spots in the house. But there is a way to get rid of all those baked-in food spills and grease stains.
Simply place a large, oven-proof container full of water into your oven on the lowest rack. Turn the oven to its highest temperature leave the water to steam for 20-30 minutes.
Then turn off the oven and allow it to cool down without opening the door. Once it’s cool, use a damp cloth to scrub down the oven’s interior. The steam will have loosened the grime and it should wipe away with just a little elbow grease.
The first step in cleaning the fridge is cleaning OUT the fridge.
That means getting in and checking the use-by dates on all your sauces and condiments, and throwing away anything that’s expired.
Then pull out any removable shelves and drawers and give them a wash with hot, soapy water.
Finally, spray down the inside with a good all-purpose cleaner and wipe it down to get rid of any sticky food spills or stains. Vinegar will also work well for this, if you prefer a more natural option.
While electrical stovetops can usually be wiped down easily, a gas stove can be a trickier task.
First, remove the grates and the burner tops and wash with soapy water. If they’re coated in seriously baked-on grease, mix up a paste of 1 part vinegar, 2 parts baking soda, add a few drops of dish soap, then cake the mixture on.
Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes then wash off with soap and a little elbow grease. Once the grates and burner tops are clean, leave them to dry.
Meanwhile, wipe down the surface of your stove with a damp cloth to collect any bits of food. Then wash with a non-abrasive soapy sponge to get rid of any grease.
Replace the grates and burner tops, and you’re done!
Sponge holder/drying rack
You might not think to wash these down regularly, but they’re actually a prime place for bacteria to multiply.
Use an antibacterial solution and a small brush to scrub away any mould, mildew and bacteria that has built up on your sponge holder or drying rack, then wash them down with hot, soapy water.
Looking to give your home a thorough clean? Read our nurse’s guide for disinfecting at home.