Spring Clean My House: The Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the home wouldn’t you agree?  This is the first zone we will tackle and conquer in our Spring Clean My House challenge.  If you are just joining us, read this post first to catch up.  We are going to spring clean the kitchen so it will be a functioning, clean and healthy kitchen.  Pick a day of the week (or several) that work for you and go through the checklist.

 

Spring Clean My Kitchen

 

Spring Clean My Kitchen Checklist::

* dust { top to bottom. ceiling. corners. cabinets. walls. light fixtures }

* wipe down cabinets + backsplash

* clean oven and stovetop

* clean and shine sink

* clean the microwave

* wipe down countertops and backsplash

* clean dishwasher

* clean fridge – in and out

* sweep and mop floor and baseboards

 

To make this easy and simple, follow the checklist in order.  The natural flow of it will make the best use of your time and get you a sparkling clean kitchen in no time!  Let’s go through the checklist together….

** Begin with a quick kitchen clean up.  Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and clear off the counters. **

1. Dust ::

Grab your duster and a stool and start at the top.  Dust the ceiling, corners, light fixtures tops of cabinets, the front of the cabinets, the top of the fridge, etc.  You get the idea.  This will go super quick!

 

2. Wipe down the cabinets ::

Grab your natural cleaner and microfiber cloths or paper towels and start spraying.  Be sure to get in the grooves of the cabinets.  We are deep cleaning and this is the time to do it.  If you need, grab a toothbrush to get in there. 

 

3.  Clean the oven ::

This is a good time to start your self-cleaning oven (if you have it).  When it’s done and after it’s cooled off, I go back and use a natural scouring paste to remove any gunk that didn’t burn off.  Paste it on and let sit for 20 min before wiping off.  Then I spray with my favorite natural all-purpose cleaner to remove the grime and get it shiny.

 

4.  Clean the stove top ::

While the oven is self-cleaning and/or the paste is sitting, we are ready to tackle the stove top.  Multi-tasking is the name of the game! These must be handled with care depending what your surface is made of.   Be sure you are using a safe product to avoid scratching.  Let your cleaner sit for about 15 minutes if the grunge is stuck on.  Gently scrub in circles with a microfiber cloth.  Wipe it clean.  Good as new again! 

 

5. Clean the microwave ::

Wipe down the outside and inside, including the turntable.  For stuck on grime, spray and let it sit for a few minutes.

 

6.  Clean the sink ::

Get your hot water on, a sponge and a good small scrub brush for this task.  Remember we are deep cleaning so this is the time to get the grime out around the edges of the sink and faucet.   Scrub good in all the little nooks and crannies around your faucet.  It is crazy what can live there?! Don’t forget the outer edge of the sink too.After the sink is scoured and scrubbed, you can clean out the garbage disposal by putting cut up lemons in it or pour baking soda down it and run HOT water over it.  It will be smelling fresh again and look shiny.

 

7.  Wipe down the countertops and backsplash ::

I spray down an area and move things stored on the counter as I go.  It seems to make it go pretty fast.  Get in those corners and edges to give it a good clean.

 

8. Clean the dishwasher ::

Wipe down the inside and remove any ‘gunk’ at the drain. Run it empty with a cup of vinegar sitting on the top rack. Wipe down the outside.

 

9.  Clean the fridge – in and out ::

Wipe down the top, sides and front.  Use a small scrub brush or toothbrush to deep clean the cracks and water dispenser.  For the inside, I like to go shelf by shelf.  Remove all the contents.  Throw out expired foods.  Wipe down the shelf and put the food back in.  Take the drawers out all the way to get them clean the best.

 

10.  Sweep and Mop the floor and baseboards ::

The best way to really clean your floor is on your hands and knees.  I only do this when I am deep cleaning.  For daily cleaning I use an O’Cedar Mop.  Don’t skip this last step.  You will be so glad to have your floor so clean.  This is the time to get in the cracks of the baseboards, get in the corners and even behind the fridge.

 

Other posts to check out  ::

How to clean the kitchen sink : Video

How to clean wood floors safely

How to clean the oven

 

The next step is to …..

Follow me on facebook and twitter (@clairesHH #springcleanmyhouse). 

Post a picture and share what you have cleaned.  I can’t wait to see!

New zone next week.

Happy Cleaning!

Claire

 

I use all natural cleaners because chemical based cleaners are harmful for the air inside your home and for your body.  They have been linked to autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and even cancers in young children; not to mention making you just plain feel sick with a headache. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not chance something as precious as my child’s life, so I use natural products that are safe and effective.

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Easy, Delicious + Healthy Freezer Meal Planning + Cooking

I have been getting a lot of emails from women and moms asking for help in organizing their homes.  We all desire our homes to run efficiently so that we have more time for family and fun, don’t we?  To be honest, I don’t really enjoy cooking.  However, I do love eating!  lol and someone has to feed the family.  So today, I am going to share with you my BIGGEST time AND money saver in the kitchen!

 Freezer Meal Planning + Cooking

Not just that, BUT easy, delicious and healthy freezer meals!

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I love it when I plan ahead for my dinner meals.  Planning one day of the week versus every single night really helps me feel less stressed over the dreaded question from the family…”what’s for dinner?” 

I like to keep it really easy.  One night a week we usually grill burgers.  Another night we have take out pizza.  That leaves just 5 meals a week left to plan.  Any leftovers we have we usually eat for lunch OR save them all for the end of the week for a leftover dinner night.

This saves me soooo much time!  I can pull out in the morning a bag and have it thaw for dinner or dump in the crock pot.  Super easy!  There are a lot of freezer meals that you can buy at the grocery store, but doing it this way it cheaper AND healthier.  No preservatives or other yucky stuff you don’t want to feed your family.

Shopping week to week also saves me a lot of money and leaves a lot less waste.  I buy what I know we need for the meals. I also shop mainly around the perimeter of the store.  This is where the ‘real’ food is located and it really does save me money too!  I try to avoid the junk isles that are money traps and health sabotagers.

Here is how I do it:

1.  Plan dinner meals for the week ****don’t worry.  i will share mine 😉

We have pizza one night a week so I plan for 6 meals.

2.  Make the grocery list.  

I always check to see what I have on hand too so I don’t purchase something I don’t need to.

I write down everything!  I am waaaay too forgetful otherwise. Take the list with you to the store.

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3. Pick a day/time to shop and prepare.

It works best for me if I do this on the same day.  Plus it’s more time efficient. 

Plan around nap time, bed time, school, etc.

I need about 2 – 3 hours total.

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4.  Chop and assemble ingredients.

I first set any meat that needs to be pre-cooked on.

(this batch I made taco meat and shredded chicken)

Then I start chopping and dicing the veggies.

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I bagged them in portion sizes for our family of 5.

These are to add to each recipes depending on what it calls for and for extra veggies to munch on.

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Then I assembled the rest of the meals in gallon size Ziploc bags. 

I have a small freezer and this is the best solution for us in terms of space. 

[scroll down to find the recipes]

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5.  Label the meals including cooking instructions. 

Did I mention am very forgetful? In fact, I forgot to take a picture of this step!  lol

6. Freeze (or refrigerate the extra veggies) and Enjoy!

Here they are!  All 6 meals ready to go.

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Here are the recipes for my Easy, Delicious + Healthy Freezer Meals

1. Beef Stew

(serve with rolls)

3 lb chuck roast cut into chunks

6 small red potatoes quartered

1 onion sliced

4 carrots sliced

Freeze.  When ready to cook in crockpot…add

1 pkg dry onion soup mix

2 cups water

1/4 cup flour

2. Honey Lime Chicken

(serve with baked sweet potatoes + veggies)

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup lime juice

6 chicken breast

bake at 350 for 30 min or until done

*super yummy grilled!

3.  Teriyaki Chicken

(serve with rice or noodles)

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

6 chicken breast

cook in crockpot, grill or bake

4.  Taco Meat for Nachos

(I like to make mine a salad)

1 lb ground beef

I use this seasoning on allrecipes

minus the salt + red pepper flakes.

5.  Shredded BBQ Chicken for Quesadillas

(yummy grilled with a little cheese)

6 chicken breast

slow cook in crock pot then shred with fork

add bbq sauce and cook 20 more min.

6.  Hamburger patties

(serve with homemade fries + veggies)

2 lb ground beef shaped into patties

place between wax paper before freezing

Here are a few of my tips…..

* I like to cut the chicken breast in half or buy tenderloins

*I usually double the batch for my family of 5 to make leftovers for lunch

*I find you don’t need to thaw if you are cooking in a crock pot.

*Asking hubby to grill totally cuts down your cooking time in the kitchen.  Shhhh….

Have you ever tried freezer cooking?  Do you do it weekly or monthly?  Do you hate not knowing what to fix for dinner too?  Try this out and let me know how it goes.  You will love that it saves you so much time and money!

claire

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How to Clean the Kitchen Sink Naturally

Waking up to a clean kitchen sink makes me happy!  

I feel like it starts my day a little more peaceful.

Here is how I clean my kitchen sink:

1. Daily spray it down with Basic H in the degreaser formula.

2. Scrub

3. Dry it with a microfiber cloth.

4. Once a week (or more if needed) I clean it with Scour OFF

    to get it nice and white again.

I also made a video HERE

how to clean the kitchen sink naturally

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Here are a few facts about Scour Off

SAFE
✔ Nontoxic
✔ No chlorine bleach
✔ No toxic fumes

POWERFUL
✔ Rivals Ajax® Powder Cleanser with Bleach and Comet® Disinfectant
Cleanser with Bleach in the removal of kitchen grease and grime*
✔ Cleans toughest cooked-on food from ovens and barbecues
✔ Removes rust

GREEN
✔ Natural mineral abrasives
✔ Biodegradable surfactants
✔ No dyes
✔ No phosphates
✔ Recyclable packaging
✔ Safe for septic systems and graywater

Surfaces for use

• Sinks               • Stovetops
• Tile                  • Ceramic tiles
• Grout               • Porcelain sinks
• Ovens              • Baked enamel
• Ovenproof glass

To deep clean my sink, I put this paste on a sponge or microfiber cloth and rub down my sink.

Then I rinse it off.

That’s IT. So easy!

To give it that brand new look, I also wipe off the excess water with my microfiber cloth to dry the sink.

Here are a couple before and after pictures from friends who love and use Scour Off.

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We LOVE the Scour Off paste!

What about you?  Do you love a clean sink in the morning, too, like me?

Happy cleaning!

Looking forward to your next visit,

Claire

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