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Pleasantly scented products make cleaning
more enjoyable. Photo courtesy Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.
Today is the first day of spring. It officially begins at 7:21 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time.
So it’s time for a little spring cleaning.
Here are some kitchen spring cleaning tips from Chef Geoffrey Zakarian of The National restaurant in New York City.
Throw away your spices and buy a fresh supply. Salt and pepper can stay.
Send knives to be professionally sharpened. They will last longer; plus, dull knives slip more easily.
Check if your freezer needs to be defrosted and throw away anything that has freezer burn (or has been there for more than a year).
Check expiration dates on condiments in the refrigerator, and throw away anything that’s expired.
Empty all cupboards and clean out the dust and crumbs that have gathered, then deep clean cabinets and shelves to remove grease that has filtered in from cooking.
Organize your cookbooks and put the ones that you have not been using front and center, in order to mix up your repertoire. If you’re not going to use particular cookbooks, give them away—perhaps have a cookbook exchange with friends.
Have your floors and kitchen rug or carpet professionally deep cleaned to extract bacteria and germs.
Clean all garbage cans inside and out with bleach.
If you have granite or marble countertops, have them professionally polished.
Cut up a lemon and run it through your garbage disposal to eliminate odor.
Before you start, treat yourself to some great-smelling cleaning products. We like lavender, and have stocked up on lavender countertop cleaner, scrubbing powder and all purpose cleaner from Mrs. Meyers Clean Day. The company also has products in Apple, Baby Blossom, Basil, Geranium, Honeysuckle and Lemon Verbena scents.
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