Its Day 4 and we’re on the home-stretch of Week 1! Today we will work on the counter tops and small appliances. You might not think that there is all that much to do with counter tops … and you may be right about that. But we will not only clean them, we’ll try to organize them and make your kitchen look more efficient and less crowded.
First we’ll clean the small appliances because they are going to mess up the counter tops.
You’ll need a grease cutting cleaner for some of these appliances and a mild detergent and water for the others. The idea is to clean, polish and generally spruce up all the small appliances in your kitchen.
Toasters, microwaves, blenders, food processors, mixers, waffle irons …. whatever. Its time to clean them.
Get them all out and start cleaning.
Here is my favorite microwave cleaner idea:
First, wipe out any loose debris from the microwave. Next, slice a whole lemon into wedges and place them in a small glass bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave. Cook the lemon wedges for how ever long it takes to boil water in your microwave. Allow the lemon to sit in the microwave undisturbed for about 10 minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe out the microwave.
After all the appliances are cleaned and put away we move on ……
Here are some tips for cleaning and organizing counter tops:
Clean everything off your counter tops. Ev. er. ry. thing.
Find out what your counter tops are made of and then get the right kind of cleaner for them. Here is a product that looks interesting. I don’t know anything about it, but you might want to investigate it or something like it if your counter tops need a boost.
Most counter tops can be bleached if they are stained. Carefully pour a small amount of bleach on the stain and gently spread it out with a cloth. Need I mention here that you should don your “bleach ware” clothes?
Allow the bleach to sit for 10 – 20 minutes depending on the stain, then rinse well.
Remember to wipe down the fronts of the counter tops, you know … the little rolled area in the front. ‘Cause if you bleach and you don’t wipe it down, you will ruin your new shirt. Yes.
OK, so now you’ve gotten your counter tops cleaned, bleached and dried and you’re ready to put everything back. WAIT !! Don’t take another step! Turn slowly and look at those nice, clean, spacious counter tops. Do you really want to junk them up again?
Lets find some alternatives to putting stuff back on your counter tops. I figure you’ve got questions about where to put stuff and how to arrange stuff. And I figure that if I don’t have the answers, someone here will. So ask! What are your counter top challenges?