Is your kitchen in need of a deep clean?
Kitchen cleanliness is an important part of food safety. But, keeping what's likely the busiest room in your house spick-and-span doesn't have to become an overwhelming all-day chore.
Below, Jill M. Traegde-Halstead, R.D., C.L.C., a registered dietitian with Carilion Clinic's Dining and Nutrition Services, shares 9 steps for efficiently giving your kitchen that spring-clean feeling anytime of year:
Step 1: Turn It Up
Crank up an energizing playlist and gather up your cleaning supplies!
Step 2: Clear the Cupboards
Empty everything out of the cabinets, check all the expiration dates and throw away anything expired. Move anything expiring within the next few months to the front of the pantry. (Found something that's not expired, but you’ve had it forever and don’t think you’ll realistically ever eat it? Consider donating it to a food pantry!)
Then, use a handheld vacuum attachment to take care of crumbs and dust. Finish this step by re-stocking your cupboards with healthy staples—think whole grain pastas, brown and wild rice, quinoa, barley, oats, beans and lentils.
Step 3: Refresh the Refrigerator
Next, remove everything from your refrigerator, check all those expiration dates and throw away anything expired. Wipe down the fridge's drawers and shelves with a disinfecting kitchen cleaner or dish soap and water.
Step 4: Don't Forget the Freezer
Now, give your freezer the same expiration-checking treatment, moving freezer meals that need to be eaten in the next few months to the front of the freezer.
Step 5: Sort Through Your Spices
Check your spice rack for old spices and toss any you find. Dried spices and herbs usually stay good for about two years.
Step 6: Degrime Your Dishwasher
Clean the inside of your dishwasher by running it empty with a dishwasher cleaning tab.
Step 7: Make Your Microwave Smell Like New
Microwave a mug of vinegar for a few minutes to deodorize, and then use a damp paper towel to wipe away stains in the microwave.
Step 8: Clean Your Coffee Maker
Wipe down your trusty coffee maker, and any other small appliances.
Step 9: Take Care of the Toaster
Remove and clean your toaster's crumb collector.