If there were a contest to find out which room is the worst to spring clean, it’s unclear whether the kitchen or the bathroom would win—but it would definitely be one of them. These are areas of the home that experience some of the worst buildups over time, making them a nightmare to clean. However, at some point, it needs to be done. So enlist some help and make your way toward a freshly clean apartment with some spring cleaning tips for your kitchen and bathroom.
Kitchens are notorious for being gross when they’re not cleaned regularly. Appliances become encrusted with old food buildup and every once in a while they need to get a nice deep cleaning. It won’t be fun, but you’ll be proud when it’s done.
One of the first things to tackle in the kitchen is the oven. The inside of this appliance is probably covered in hardened black gunk that’s been sitting there for a while now. Use an oven cleaner and a little elbow grease to get the inside of your oven looking brand new.
Next up is the microwave. For the inside, you can use a simple method of combining water and 3 tablespoons of vinegar in a bowl, microwaving it for several minutes until it boils and steams, then waiting 5 minutes before going in with a sponge and wiping it down. You can also substitute the vinegar for citrus slices such as lemon, lime, or orange.
The refrigerator also needs to be cleaned out, but don’t stop at simply tossing old and expired food. Pull everything out and give your fridge a wipe-down, getting to the back and removing shelves and drawers for a thorough clean. Once everything is sparkling, put it all back in and get your fridge organized again.
Don’t forget about appliance exteriors, scrubbing the stovetop, and wiping down cabinets. Kitchens see a lot of use, but not always a lot of cleaning. You might hate doing it, but you’ll be glad you did.
Bathrooms are where we relax and wash the filth of the day off of our bodies so we can be refreshed and ready for what’s next. It can be hard to do this in a dirty bathroom, so spring cleaning is the perfect time to tackle the grime that has built up
Nobody enjoys cleaning the toilet, but it needs to be done, especially if you have buildup or staining in the bowl. For significant staining, pour 1-2 cups of vinegar into the bowl, then add a sprinkle of baking soda. This will cause a chemical reaction that sizzles. Wait 15 minutes and then scrub the bowl with your brush. For super stubborn buildup, use a pumice stone.
If you have a fiberglass or acrylic bathtub, you can fill it with hot water and then pour in a generous share of vinegar. Add essential oils or citrus to combat the smell. Wait 15 minutes, drain the tub, then use a cloth to wipe it down.
For fiberglass showers, rinse the shower with hot water from the showerhead for 5 minutes, then spray it down with a diluted vinegar solution. Wait 15 minutes, then wipe it down with a cloth. For tile showers, rinse the shower for 5 minutes with hot water from your showerhead, then do some preliminary scrubbing to loosen the grime. Spray it down with a tile cleaner or diluted vinegar solution, wait 15 minutes, then clear it out with an abrasive sponge or scrub brush.
Bathroom faucets and showerheads can be easily cleaned by soaking paper towels in vinegar and wrapping them around your fixtures. Wait at least 15 minutes after wrapping them, then simply remove the paper towels and give the fixture a wipe down.
Don’t forget to go through your drawers, cabinets, and shelves to clear out the clutter. Get rid of expired medications and cosmetics, old jewelry you’ll never wear again, and any odds and ends that have been sitting around for too long. Give your mirror and cabinets a wipe down and enjoy your freshly clean bathroom!
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