by Julie Finch-Scally
It is getting close to the holiday season. Being Christmas in Australia it is one of those times where everyone feels they have to have their home looking spotless. Over the years I have worked out only the entertaining areas need to look clean and tidy, but that doesn’t stop me looking at certain areas, such as inside the kitchen cupboards, and thinking they look filthy.
Last Friday, I decided to do something about it. I emptied out the articles in the cupboard under the sink, threw away a few tins and empty cleansing products, and began to clean the shelves.
On further investigation I realised the cupboard was not as dirty as I thought. What I had noticed, that made me feel it had to be cleaned, was dust and dirt on the shelves. Once I had cleaned the shelves the whole cupboard under the sink looked much better.
By the time I had returned all the articles and adjusted where I stored everything, I wondered whether it was just dust in the other cupboards that was the problem. I opened the cupboard door where we store our crockery, and looked carefully. There was no dirt on the inside of the cupboard door, nor on the side frames. Where it was dirty was on the shelves, and once again it was dust and the odd crumbs. All it would require to clean the inside of this cupboards was to repeat what I did with the cupboard under the sink: just remove the articles, clean the shelves and return the items.
Usually when I clean shelves they require strong cleansers, but because it was only dust I was removing it was just an easy case of wiping the shelves over with a damp cloth rinsed out in washing up water. The middle of the shelf of course is always easy but the corners require more action. To remove the debris one has to push the cloth right into the point and push down heavily on the cloth making sure all the dust is collected. Once the shelf has been wiped over a dry tea towel is great for removing the moisture.
As it happened I didn’t have any extra time last Friday to go around all the cupboards, but I realised removing the dust from the shelves didn’t take too long, so every morning after washing up the breakfast bits, I have been cleaning out a cupboard. This way I will have finished each of the kitchen cupboards by Christmas and the kitchen will look fabulous. Well it will to me, especially when I open the cupboard doors to remove items.
In future I will add the removing of dust from the cupboard shelves to my once every three monthly routine. Saves so much time in the end.