As Thanksgiving approaches, your mind will be filled with shopping lists, turkey cooking times, and table preparations – but have you thought about the importance of giving your kitchen a deep clean before you get started? The kitchen will be a hub of activity on Thanksgiving Day (and probably a few days before). Starting with a clean, organized kitchen will make using it a much more pleasant experience. Having all the ingredients, tools, pots, and pans ready on hand is a cook’s dream.
Tips from the Best Maid Service in Charlotte: Kitchen Deep Cleaning Tips
Make a Plan
Before you start cleaning, sit down at your kitchen island or table and survey your kitchen, noting every area that needs a deep cleaning. Be sure to include corners that are usually ignored, hard-to-reach shelves that need dusting, and rarely seen areas behind kitchen appliances. Then, divide the kitchen into zones that make sense to be cleaned together.
Do not get overwhelmed! Everything doesn’t have to be done in one day, and each zone can be addressed one at a time to get the job done.
Oven and Stove
The oven and stove will be the focal point of your Thanksgiving meal preparations, so you must ensure they are clean and safe before you start. First, remove the oven racks and scrub them with an effective cleaner. Meanwhile, turn on the self-cleaning mode, if available. Otherwise, use an oven cleaner and carefully follow the container’s directions.
Wash Your Dishwasher
Your dishwasher accumulates dirt, grime, and grit in the process of doing its job, and you will need to make sure that all this dirt is removed before you get started on the great Thanksgiving meal clean-up. Follow these steps:
- Fill a dishwasher-safe cup halfway with vinegar, place it on the top rack and run the dishwasher on a hot water cycle.
- Wipe the seals around the edge of the door with a soft cloth and mild cleaning solution.
- Remove the filters in the bottom of the interior and wash with water and a soft brush. Replace.
- Remove sprayer arms and rinse with water and a soft brush. Clear any clogged holes with a toothpick. Replace.
(Note: Refer to the owner’s manual on the correct procedure to remove filters and sprayer arms.)
Don’t Forget Your Light Fixtures
These always get missed, but they collect dust, grease, and cobwebs throughout the year. So, get out the step ladder and take the opportunity to give them a good cleaning. Once done, you will enjoy the best lighting while you cook in the kitchen.
Time to Reorganize
If you are constantly frustrated by trying to find your turkey baster, carving knife, and sweet potato masher year after year. Take the time to reorganize your kitchen, placing all the utensils you regularly use where they are easy to find and close on hand. Organize your pantry, food cupboards, and shelving, wiping down shelves in the process.
Starting your holiday in a clean, organized kitchen will make Thanksgiving preparations much less frustrating and more enjoyable. And that’s what it’s all about, right?
The Organic Maids
If you feel overwhelmed at the prospect of deep cleaning your kitchen on your own, or don’t have the time to devote to the task, then hiring a maid service in Charlotte can be a time-effective way to get your kitchen spic and span quickly. The Organic Maids can help. Our cleaning team will ensure your kitchen gets a deep clean, and you’ll be ready for the holidays. Contact us today at 704-999-1947 for a no-obligation quote.