How to spring clean your kitchen: The ultimate guide

Time for a spring clean? Follow these simple steps and you'll have a gleaming kitchen in no time!

Spring Cleaning your Kitchen

There's nothing quite like the feeling of coming home to a gleaming kitchen.

Those sparkling appliances, perfectly organised cupboards and immaculate worktops just make you feel good. And now's the time to give your kitchen a deep clean, ready for the busy summer ahead.

Here, we've pull together a one-stop guide with all the expert information you need to get your kitchen looking spick and span.

A deep kitchen clean: where to begin

Here are our top tips on getting you and your kitchen prepped for a spring clean:

  • Make sure you give yourself enough time: If you do it once, properly, it will save you having to dip in and out over the space of a few days
  • Make a list: Note down every task and element you are looking to clean. Not only will it ensure nothing gets forgotten, it'll give you a little boost every time you tick something off
  • Prep is key: Move everything out of the room (both from the worktops and the cupboards and drawers) before you do anything else to give yourself a blank canvas to work with
  • Finally, get all your cleaning products and equipment out so you have everything in front of you and are ready to begin.

Cleaning equipment checklist

Equipment / tools:

  • Variety of cleaning cloths and sponges
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Soap-dispensing brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bin bags
  • Newspaper

Cleaning products:

  • Washing up liquid
  • Vinegar
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Cream hob cleaner
  • Fridge cleaner

Cleaning kitchen cabinets and worktops

The kitchen is a busy area, and everything from frying to washing up can contribute to a build-up of dust, grease and watermarks.

When spring cleaning, it’s important not to forget the cabinet doors, as this is where a lot of this dirt can settle.

Kitchen cabinet specific cleaning products are available, however, you can get a fantastic result by mixing a simple solution of washing up liquid and warm water that will be suitable for most kitchen units.

If you’re opting for a multi-purpose cleaner or similar, make sure to do a test patch in an area that isn’t visible to ensure you don’t risk ruining your kitchen.

Start with your upper cupboards and work your way down. Once finished, dry thoroughly to ensure water doesn’t sit on the surface as this can cause watermarks and discolouration.

Don’t forget inside your cupboards and drawers – it can be surprising just how much dust can build up.

First use a vacuum with a handheld attachment to easily remove loose bits, then clean using the same solution as cupboard doors.

Finally, finish by wiping over metal hardware with a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar to remove grease.

Cleaning your worktop will depend on the material used – some are easier to damage than others, so it’s important you check before starting to use potentially harmful chemicals:

  • Natural solid (such as granite): Washing up liquid and water solution, using a cloth to buff to a shine. Make sure to avoid bleach and any acidic items
  • Wood: Washing up liquid solution, making sure to clean spills as soon as possible to prevent staining
  • Stainless steel: Steer clear of abrasive cleaners and stick to a washing up liquid solution
  • Laminates: Washing up liquid solution of multipurpose cleaner will work well. If the surface is textured, use a brush to get into the grain. Dry thoroughly after cleaning to avoid streaking

Cleaning kitchen appliances

Appliances get used every, if not multiple, times a day, and really get put through their paces. To ensure longevity, deep clean seasonally using the following tips.

Cleaning microwaves

There’s nothing worse than the sight of food explosions when opening the microwave, and it’s easy to scrub and scrub but get nowhere.

To effortlessly lift off stains, use a large microwave-safe bowl with a cup of water and a few tablespoons of vinegar, and run the microwave for a couple of minutes until you see the door start to get steamed up.

Run it on high for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy. Allow to cool, then remove and simply wipe the grime away using a cloth and your washing up liquid solution.

Cleaning ovens

It can be surprising just how easily grease builds up on the oven door and shelves. As you’re not likely to spend a lot of time looking inside your oven, it can be an area that’s easily forgotten about.

For a seasonal clean, there are plenty of hard-working oven cleaners, such as Ovenpride, available that are worth investing in to keep the process as simple as possible.

First remove all shelves until the oven is empty. You’ll want to make sure you’re wearing rubber gloves to protect yourself from chemicals often found in oven cleaners.

Cover the oven with the cleaner, not forgetting the inside of the door. Leave to work for the allotted time, and make a start on the shelves.

Cover the entire shelf with cleaner and leave to soak in either the bag provided or a heavy-duty bin bag.

Once the cleaner has had time to work its magic, carefully wipe down with a wet sponge, removing every trace of the cleaner.

Your sponge will become dirty quickly, so rinse regularly to keep it as clean as possible and dispose of once complete.

Cleaning the kitchen hob

We’ve all been there – a forgotten pan boils over, or a slightly too enthusiastic stir results in hard to shift food stains.

  • Electric hob: Using a simple multi-purpose spray and a cloth, wipe over to remove loose crumbs. Once done, use a cream hob cleaner such as Cif, work onto the surface and simply wipe away tough food.
  • Gas hob: If you have a gas hob, first remove the burners and plates. Fill the sink with soapy water and leave to soak whilst you tackle the hob with the above method. Then wipe over any burner plates, reassemble and you’re done.

Cleaning the fridge

Another task that is easy to put off – the dreaded fridge clean. It’s also fair to say, however, that there is nothing more satisfying than opening your fridge door and knowing that inside is going to be clean and organised.

First go through the content thoroughly, getting rid of anything that is out of date. Once the fridge is empty, it’s time to dive in.

Philip Woolger, Product Manager for Food Preservation at AEG recommends the following process for cleaning AEG fridges and freezers: “Remove all the shelves and drawers place on the worktop to allow them to get up to room temperature. Wash with warm soapy water and leave to dry.

“Now take a look at the interior of the fridge. Don’t use hot water at this point, as it can mess with the temperature of the fridge. Instead, spray with a non-abrasive fridge cleaning spray and wipe with a cloth.

"Then, wipe the door seals to make sure they are clean and free of debris. Once the shelves and drawers are dry, reassemble.”

When refilling, take the opportunity to organise the contents, finding a system that you are likely to stick too to help make future cleaning easier.

Philip adds: “Foods such as lemon, onion and smoked products can give off odours, and the taste can then be passed on to other food products in the refrigerator.

"We would recommend packing strong-smelling food in air- and odour-tight containers, and keeping them well away from products such as milk, egg and cheese, which readily absorb odours from other food products.”

Cleaning the sink

From bits of food to the germs that come from washing your hands, there’s nothing more unpleasant than a dirty sink. Luckily, a few simple tools make it quick and easy to keep your sink sparkling.

To remove any bits that might have accumulated, we like to use a soap dispensing brush filled with washing up liquid.

Simply run the warm water and get to work, using the brush to clean the sides and corners with easy – not forgetting the draining board.

Next, you want to make sure you pay attention to the sink accessories, such as plugs, drainers and taps.

Finally, spray with a multi-purpose cleaner and give a final wipe down to make sure you’ve hit every bit of bacteria.

The finishing touches

And that’s it! Once you’ve cleaned all your appliances, cupboards and worktops you’re ready to start putting everything back in its place.

If you have time, now is a great time to run through each item and decide if you actually have a need for it, or if it can be donated or disposed of.

Now you have such a sparkly clean kitchen, it’s time to think about how your food, crockery, utensils and cleaning products themselves are stored to make the space feel clear and organised.

If you’re looking to make the most of your storage, check out our blog post on storage hacks for more information.