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Restarting Our Spring Cleaning
In order to restart our Spring Cleaning, let’s start the laundry again. Then we’ll move on to the kitchen. For a review of our earlier steps, check out this post.
So gather the dirty laundry, sort it, and start a fresh load in the washer. Now, let’s head to the kitchen.
Open the dishwasher and make sure it’s empty. Using a 16 ounce measuring cup, mix a cup of hot water with a cup of vinegar. Set the cup upright in the top rack of your dishwasher. Run a hot water cycle (with no dishes) to clean the dishwasher interior.
Meanwhile, gather all dirty dishes. Using a lined trash basket and a rubber spatula, scrape out ALL excess food into the trash basket. Stack the dishes near the dishwasher for washing.
Move on with your cleaning but remember to load the dishes into the dishwasher once the current cleaning run is finished. Then return to your cleaning.
Clean Your Light Fixtures
I prefer to work from right to left and top to bottom as I clean. My first move in my kitchen would be to clean the ceiling light fixtures. In this house, that means cleaning a small set of track lights, a typical tract housing “chandelier” over the table, and the lamp in my over-the-stove exhaust fan. The first step here is to turn off the light switches and then to flip the breakers to off.
Next you will remove the removable parts. On track lighting you can often remove an end cap from the track and slide the fixtures off to be cleaned. On other types of fixtures, you can often remove the lampshades to be cleaned separately, as well as the bulbs. If you have a ceiling fan, you can usually just dust the fan blades without removing them.
Once you have the pieces removed, use a clean microfiber cloth to clean them. Usually, just rubbing them with the dry cloth will work great. If necessary, though, you can moisten the cloth lightly. For cleaning inside the light sockets and tracks, a soft paintbrush often works very well — again with the electricity off.
Once all the parts have dried, reassemble things as they were, not forgetting to reinstall the end cap on the tracks. Your lights should be ready to turn back on.
Finishing the Top of Your Kitchen
Next, you can use a microfiber duster with an extendable handle to dust the kitchen ceiling. Also, if you have space between the top of your upper cabinets and the ceiling, you should clean the top of those cabinets by, at least, dusting them. If need be, you can wash them. If you have anything decorative up there, definitely clean it also. I have some vintage items on top of my cabinets that I would clean at this point.
Leave Things Ready to Start Again
At this point, I would check the laundry machines and make sure any laundry is finished, folded and put away. Also empty the dishwasher so it is ready for the next load of dishes. Do a quick wipe of any dust or such that may have landed on the counters. Sweep the floor, so the kitchen can be used.
We will close down here, and return to the kitchen cleaning in our next cleaning post.