Mini Spring Cleans

by Julie Finch-Scally

The greasy area above my kitchen cupboards has been annoying me for weeks.  Last Friday I decided to do something positive about it.  I brought the step ladder up stairs, ran some hot water in the sink and trotted out the trusty cream cleanser.

Using the cream cleanser on the scourer side of a sponge/scourer rinsed in the hot water, I climbed up and started scrubbing the wall.  As I was now at the same level as the top of the cupboard doors I could see the grease and dirt across the top of them.  These got a scrubbing as well.

The top shelves of the cupboard I was cleaning are difficult to see into when standing on ground level, so I used the opportunity of being up high to wipe out the shelves as well. 

I moved out one item on the top shelf and placed it down on the bench.  With the damp scourer still impregnated with cream cleanser I scrubbed the area where the item had been sitting.  Taking a clean damp cloth I wiped off the residue of the cleanser then dried the shelf with a tea towel.

As that section of the shelf was now clean I moved another item on the top shelf into the clean space and using the previous process cleaned the area where the second item had been sitting.  Once dry I moved the final item on the top shelf into the clean space and went over the remaining dirty area.  When the whole of the top shelf was clean I pushed the items back into their original position and replaced the item I’d placed on the bench. 

I cleaned the other shelves in the cupboard using the same procedure.  There were a couple of marks on the front of the shelves so I made sure they were removed prior to closing the cupboard door.  Then for good measure I cleaned the front of the cupboard door as well.

There was another cupboard sitting above the range hood, so I cleaned that out as well.  Then I tackled the Range Hood.  The base of the hood is removable and allows one to take out a metal filter.  The base is too large to fit into the dishwasher but I managed to fit in the filter.  As I was going to clean the stove top I removed the cast iron hobs and placed them in the dish washer as well.  Once they had been through the pots and pans cycle they came out clean.  The heat of the water and the strength of the cleanser dissolve the grease especially in the small nooks and crannies. 

The base of the Range Hood I washed with the scourer and cream cleanser and placed outside in the sun to dry while I cleaned around and inside the Range Hood.  Once again I used the scourer and cream cleanser making sure all the residue was removed and the areas I had cleaned were thoroughly dried. 

When everything was clean and dry I replaced the filter and base of the Range Hood.  By this time I had cleaned the rest of the walls near the stove and the top of the doors.  The high wall and kitchen cupboards looked so much better and I felt I had done enough for the day.

The extra cleaning had been added to my usual wipe over of the splash back, bench tops and cupboard fronts under the bench.  Did it take long?  Not really: about an hour. 

Of course this was not a full Spring Clean of the kitchen but enough.  I’d clean out the lower cupboards a few weeks ago, so except for the pantry which will be a next week job, the kitchen has been given a Spring Clean in mini doses. 


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