Are you at the point of your life when you need to move house?
No matter if you’re a student who can’t bear noisy roommates or an independent adult looking to settle in permanently, moving out is always a stressful task. You have to think about how to pack your furniture when to go on property views… and how to clean your old living space.
To leave your old house or apartment in a proper condition is extremely important, especially if you are only a tenant there. Unfortunately, to work cleanly in the kitchen is not enough. After all, you want your plus-sized deposit back, right?
One of the areas that your landlord will look under a magnifying glass is undoubtedly your kitchen. Any traces of your cooking adventures can make your wallet cry.
So, to eliminate any chances of deposit sacrificing rituals, at KitchenAim.com we have prepared for you a complete kitchen cleaning guide to aid you when needed the most.
Before you start to scrub your arms alway, makes sure that you have the right equipment and detergents. Some surfaces in your kitchen will require special solutions to be cleaned properly. For your convenience, here’s a list of everything you’ll need in the war against your cooking area, provided by the post-lease professional Marry Holmes:
- А vacuum cleaner, bucket, and mop for the floors.
- Some sponges and cloths.
- A good all-purpose cleaner.
- An oven cleaner.
- A degreasing detergent.
- Basic dish soap.
And for the DIY enthusiasts who love to mix their own concoctions:
- Baking soda.
- A bottle of white vinegar.
- A couple of lemons.
Now that you are fully geared up with the right cleaning weapons, here is your battle plan:
- Play your favourite song list. Good music always helps make cleaning a bit more bearable.
- Remove all items from the cabinets and clean them inside and out with the all-purpose cleaner. Concentrate on the knobs and handles.
- Wipe down your pantries shelves, doors and knobs.
- Take care of your most used appliances – Clean the toaster crumb tray, descale your coffee maker and wash the microwave plate. An easy to clean food processor or simple to use ceramic cookware is an advantage.
- Scrub the countertop. If it’s in good condition, you’ll need only water and dish detergent to clean it. However, if you see any grease spots, spray on some degreaser, wait 15 minutes and wipe it off.
- Take down any magnets and notes from your fridge. Wipe down with a cloth and a gentle detergent. Take out any removable containers and shelves and give them a shower in the bathroom. Vacuum any fridge soils.
- Polish the sink, faucet, and knobs.
- Put your dishwasher on a high-heat cycle and turn it on while it’s empty.
- Apply degreaser on the cookers worktop and scrub it thoroughly. Remove all knobs and grates, wash.
- Clean the inside of the oven with an oven cleaning solution.
- Remember to clean the windows inside and out with a window cleaning spray.
- Wipe down all furniture – chairs, tables, and islands.
- Finally, vacuum and mop the floor. You may assume that kitchen flooring doesn’t need hovering and cleaning as regularly as your carpet, but it’s key to keep on top of it as dust can settle quickly, say the experts at Big Warehouse Sale. This is especially an issue as food is routinely prepared in the kitchen.
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As you can see, a lot of chemical-based detergents and cleaners are involved in the process of deep cleaning your kitchen. If your skin is more on the sensitive side or you just don’t like to work with this type of cleaners, don’t worry, we got this. Below you’ll find three eco-friendly, non-toxic, DIY detergent recipes that you can use as substitutes for most store bought ones!
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As the name states, you can use the concoction to clean anything in your kitchen – worktops, appliances, even the inside of your refrigerator. Basically, you’ll need only three things: baking soda, lemon juice, and warm water. Mix equal parts into a bowl and stir well. Apply the solution to the dirty area, wait a little bit for it to work and start scrubbing. Remove any excess with a damped sponge.
Into a bowl mix salt, baking soda, and warm water. Whisk until a paste is formed.
With a damp cloth, wipe the inside of the oven and spread the paste while still wet. Leave it overnight.
Scrape off the dried paste in the morning and clean with a moistened sponge.
Be very careful while removing the paste. Don’t use metal objects to scrape it off because you risk to scratch the metal surface. Instead, you can use an old wooden spatula or a spoon.
Repeat the whole process for any tough spots.
This solution consists of only two ingredients – white vinegar and water. Combine two tablespoons of vinegar with one quart of warm water into a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray the mixture on the windows and use crumpled up newspaper to wipe the surface. Only use black and white paper and don’t clean the windows, while the Sun is on them.
If you start to clean warm windows, the drying time doubles and there is a chance for streaks and smears to from. Make sure to follow the exact measurements give in the recipe. If you mix a stronger detergent, meaning you’ve added more vinegar, you can etch the glass.
As you can see, soldier, with the right weapons, battle tactic, and mindset, victory is in the bag. So, put on your war paint on, roll up your sleeves and show that kitchen who’s boss! After all, we don’t want money deposit casualties, right?