Does your home smell good? First impressions are hard to fix, once botched, so a fresh home means everything. We all know people tend to congregate in the kitchen, as it is the heart of the home. This room can be difficult to clean with all the food preparation, foot traffic, garbage, and late-night ice cream raids that happen there. Below is a concise list of six steps to making your kitchen fresher for the long haul. You’ll be out behind the mop and bucket in no time, so don’t fret. At best, you are looking at a few hours investment of your time and the payoff will be huge.
- Strip your walls. Not literally, leave the paint, but do a quick dusting from ceiling to floor with a long broom or mop, then wipe down with warm, soapy water. You’ll be amazed at how greasy walls can become, trapping odors and dirt. Once done, the sheen of your paint will look new again.
- Cover your bases. An easy way to clean low areas, like baseboards, while saving your back from later aches and pains, is to rubber-band a disinfectant wipe to a flat mop head. Change as necessary, and with a few swipes around the room, you will see kick scuffs and grime disappear.
- Pull the big boys out. Come on, it’s worth it to pull your refrigerator and stove out at least once a year. An easy vacuuming with an attachment behind both appliances will remove food and hiding places for bugs that you do not want to hang around. You will have the satisfaction of knowing the cleanliness extends beyond what your eye can see.
- Oh, that dishwasher. Use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda in your dishwasher and run it through a full cycle to remove built-up soap scum. The same mixture can loosen baked on particles in your oven so that you aren’t spending all day scrubbing.
- Her cupboards were so shiny. Adding a couple drops of bleach to soap and water will give your cupboards and cabinet fronts an extra special shine. If you’d like something more natural, vinegar and a few drops of lemon juice will add sparkle to your countertops and cabinets and will also leave a fresh, natural aroma.
- Let’s get nosey. Make a batch of homemade potpourri out of halved oranges, cinnamon sticks, fresh rosemary and eucalyptus for a soothing scent. Mixed with water and warming on your burner, this natural concoction will provide a delightful, and ”scentsational” experience for your family and guests each time they enter your home.