10 Dirty Places in Your Kitchen That You’re Forgetting to Clean

file000814095057You clean up after every meal and run the dishwasher each night. You scrub the floors and do a deeper cleaning every weekend. In fact, your kitchen is probably one of the cleanest areas of your home.

But is it really?

There may be some gunk and grime you’re missing in your daily and weekly cleanings. Unless you really are a pro, these 10 areas could probably use a good cleaning – and a spot on your cleaning checklist.

1. Your Garbage Can

It’s one of the dirtiest things in your kitchen, yet few of us ever remember to clean it. Whether the bag breaks or leaks, or some wannabe basketball player missed the shot, there’s likely some residue in there that needs to be cleaned up. Empty it, squirt some dish soap in there, take it outside and hose it down. Let it air dry while you clean something else or wipe down with a clean, dry cloth.

2. Inside Your Drawer Organizers

While it seems unlikely that these would be messy since they just hold clean utensils, cooking debris has a habit of collecting here. Simply take it out of the drawer, empty it, and wipe it down with a damp cloth to get it clean.

3. Your Microwave’s Ceiling

Microwaved meals have a tendency to splatter. And while you regularly clean the glass dish, you may not be able to see how messy the ceiling of the microwave is. Ew! Look at all that baked on crud. That’s gonna require something special in the way of elbow grease.

Or maybe not. Try mixing a quarter cup of vinegar with a cup of water and boiling the mixture in your microwave for three minutes. It should break down the stuck-on food particles really well, making it easy for you and the scrubby side of your sponge to wipe it right off.

4. Your Oven Hood and Console

Just like things splatter in the microwave, they do this on the stove as well – especially if you’re in the habit of making delicious fried dishes. If you touch the vent hood or the console (the bit with the knobs) it may feel tacky to the touch. How the splatter gets that far up on the hood is a mystery for the ages, but there it sits, hanging out and attracting dirt and other unwanted grime.

You can use a degreaser spray and some paper towels to get this grossness off or you can fight fire with fire by dabbing some mineral oil on a clean, dry cloth and wiping down the hood and the console. This should help loosen the oil, grease and the dirt and debris it’s holding onto.

Once that’s clean, take another clean, dry cloth (or paper towels) and wipe it down again. Not only will this remove all that gunk, it will also give your appliance a real nice shine. If you have stainless steel, make sure you follow the grain.

5. Your Toaster’s Crumb Tray

This is a handy little feature that most of us forget about, but when we don’t empty it every so often, we find that the toaster scatters crumbs every time we reposition it. If stuff sits in there long enough, you’ll get a burnt toast smell even when you haven’t burned your toast. Cleaning this depends on what yours is made of, but you can generally get away with scrubbing it in some soapy water or just banging the crumbs into the trash.

6. Your Oven Drawer

If your oven has a drawer where you store pots and pans, you’re going to want to empty it out and get all the food debris that’s been collecting here. It may even be a good idea to pull the whole thing out and vacuum/scrub under the whole oven. A lot of crumbs and run-away grapes tend to make their way here and attract ants and other unwanted visitors.

7. Your Less-Used Cabinets

While your more commonly used cabinets likely get cleaned once in a while – especially after a messy meal – the ones above your fridge or in other high, hard-to-reach places may be collecting dust. Grab a step stool and a damp rag to get these clean. Don’t forget to wipe down the tops and the trim.

8. Inside Your Fridge

You may already wipe down the shelving, but crumbs and spills have a habit of gathering in the bottom of your fridge under the produce drawers. Take these suckers out and wipe down the surface underneath to make sure your fridge is truly clean.

9. Your Garbage Disposal

We usually don’t think about cleaning this handy guy until he stinks. And while there are quite a few commercial products you can use to deodorize your garbage disposal, nature has a better cure. Just cut up a lemon or two (or any of your favorite citrus fruits) and run them through the disposal. Also remember to clean the rubber bit attached to your sink with a rag and some soapy water. This can also trap food and cause unpleasant odors.

10. Your Pantry Floor

Loose flour. A few stray noodles. Some oregano. A bit of skin from the onion you pulled out. A forgotten potato. The kibble or bit that didn’t make it into the dog’s dish. There’s a lot of stuff that can collect on the floor of your pantry. Remove all of the stuff you store on the floor of your pantry and sweep out any debris that’s hanging around in there. Give it a quick wipe down and replace everything. This will keep everything in tip-top shape and discourage unwanted visitors from making a home here.

Most of these chores can be taken care of with a few cleaning cloths, a scrubby sponge, and some soapy water or your favorite household cleaner.

If you want to make sure nothing in your home is forgotten without having to remember to do it yourself, consider hiring a professional cleaning crew to come take care of your weekly chores for you.

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