Let’s Clean House Week 1

Day 1: Empty and Clean Refrigerator and Freezer

  • Throw out all expired food (at least that from the 20th century)
  • While empty, move the refrigerator out and clean the floor
  • Wash the top, back, and sides

Today includes a second refrigerator in the garage and a wine fridge too.


Day 2: Clean All the Small Appliances

  • Microwave, toaster, rice cooker, blender, etc.
  • Q-tips and toothpicks are handy to clean the crevices
  • Clean stuff sitting on the counter, e.g. canisters, paper towel holder, knife racks, decorations, etc.


Day 3: Clean and Re-organize Drawers and Cupboards

  • This is a big day!  Wash or clean shelves and maybe replace shelf liner.


Day 4: Clean Light Fixtures (Including under Cabinet Lighting)

  • Windows and window coverings
  • Wash light fixtures and outlets
  • Dust walls if you are inspired to do so


Day 5: Clean the Oven, Cook Top, Garbage Disposal, Inside of Dishwasher

  • Fill with “Finish” if you use it.
  • Clean flatware.  If you have flatware, particularly knives, that have marks on them here is an easy trick to clean them.  Put a couple of inches of water into a ~9x12 plastic container. Add a teaspoon of baking soda. Place your knives into the water and cover with aluminum foil. Let it sit for 5 minutes.  Then wash and dry. You will be pleased with the results.
  • Clean dishes.  If you have light colored plates and/or bowls with dark scuff marks, here is method to clean them. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Put the paste on the dishes and scrub with a scouring pad and Soft Scrub or Bon Ami to remove those black use marks.