The Refrigerator, defrosting
- Unplug. Dump lingering leftovers and spoiled food. Check on labels and expiry dates of bottled spreads like the peanut butter, jam, etc.
- Transfer the rest of the food into a cooler.
- Surround the base with a thick layer of old newspapers or a big rag.
- To make the defrosting much quicker, unplug the refrigerator, 2 hours prior to cleaning it.
- Attend to the condenser coils at the back of the refrigerator. These collect dusts and needs cleaning every couple of months. Snap off the grate, then use a coil cleaning brush or your vacuum’s crevice tool.
- Once defrosted, sponge the walls with a solution of baking soda and water. Rinse with a microfiber fiber dipped in water.
- Wipe the door seal and gasket. Then wipe the outer surfaces and handle.
- I place a small piece of charcoal to help absorb odors.
Plug and fill.
I do refrigerator defrosting weekly.
Counters and Cabinets
Counters and Cabinets are also cleaned weekly in our household.
- I just use a liquid all purpose cleaner, wipe the cupboard, shelves and counters. Let dry.
- Check on the expiration date of your canned goods every once in a while.
Stove and other kitchen appliances
We use a gas stove which is more economical than using an electric stove. Stoves should be cleaned immediately after cooking to prevent stubborn spots. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off stove top spills. Clean also the knobs.
- Microwave Oven
Let it cool first after using then wipe the inside with a clean microfiber cloth or paper towel.
- The kitchen sink
Just like the stove, kitchen sinks should be well kept. Clean it daily.
- Dish warmer and dish keeper
In my case, I am using an electrical dish warmer, after the plates, fork and spoon and drinking glasses has been washed, I put it directly to the dish warmer, then let it on for 10 minutes until all the utensils are dried and warmed. I monitor daily the small drain tub at the bottom, take out the accumulated water from the warmer. Clean the dish warmer every two weeks, take out all the utensils first, then wipe it with cloth using a baking soda solution.
For a typical dish keeper, which I also have one to keep my microwaveable containers and other kitchen utensils. Clean it weekly, washing it with soap and water then dry it with a clean microfiber cloth before you fill in.
- Potholders and kitchen apron
Potholders and kitchen apron should be washed weekly or as frequent as possible. It is best if you keep an extra potholders and aprons.