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As a mom, I’ve found that there are so many ways to make ordinary tasks, chores, and learning more for fun for kids. One of the wonderful things about being a parent is we get to experience the world through a new perspective. If making things more fun for my kids works, I realized I could make things for fun for the grown ups, too! Everyone loves a clean home, but if you’re like me, cleaning is more of a chore than a hobby. I’ve partnered with Lemi Shine to bring you a new perspective on Spring Cleaning your Kitchen!
Below you’ll find tips and tricks that I use to make Spring Cleaning FUN, my version of a fun game! The best part, not only do you get to have fun in the process, but you get a clean home! There is no better prize than that, right?
Assignment: Conquer Your Kitchen
Your mission is to clean your kitchen like a pro. I’m going to share with you some tips and tricks that will give you a competitive advantage over the mess AND allow you to have fun in the process!
1. Counter-Act the Clutter
My mother-in-law has a thing to always keep the kitchen counter and islands clear and free from clutter. It’s easy for clutter to quickly build up, but after adopting her practice, I found that it makes a huge difference on the overall appearance of the room. It also provides you with a working space to put away clean dishes, organize the pantry, clean out the refrigerator, put away groceries, and prep your meals.
Once the counters are cleared off, wipe them down with Lemi Shine Glass + Surface Cleaner. Did you know that Lemi Shine is ammonia free? It’s also powered by 100% natural citric extracts. This surface cleaner is smudge and dust resistant, which works perfect on counters! It also works great for fingerprints, spills, grime, grease, residue, tile, glass, sealed stone, wood, and appliances. (So I also use it to clean the sliding glass door off the dining area, which ALWAYS has cute but messy little hand prints and the refrigerator which also has lots of cute, messy little handprints!)
Make it fun tip:
Get a workout in by putting on your favorite music and having a dance party while you clean!
2. Dish It Out
Next, it’s time to tackle the dishes. I’m going to be honest with you about two things. My husband is the best cook in the house. He’s amazing! When I cook, I seem to make a huge mess! So that means a sink full of dishes. Sometimes I will run the dishwasher once for dishes and a second time for the pots and pans and cooking utensils. If I don’t have time to run it twice, that means running a load of dishes while washing the pots and pans by hand so they can all be cleaned at the same time. Lemi Shine Dishwasher detergent pacs easily lift away stuck on food, tough stains, spots, and film. They are made with enzymatic agitation that breaks down even the most stubborn food residue and rinses it away! The dishwasher is my friend and Lemi Shine Dishwasher detergent makes our friendship even better! They help save time by cutting out the need to pre-rinse and pre-soak due to the proprietary blend. As a mom, I’m happy to hear that this formula is also sippy cup safe, chlorine free and made with non-toxic ingredients.
I always love the dishwasher more. But when it’s time to wash dishes by hand, Lemi Shine concentrated Dish Soap is long lasting with suds even in hard water. The Just Lemon scent smells fresh and pleasant and isn’t too overpowering. This dish soap is also pH balanced, non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate free, and septic system friendly. One cool thing about the bottle design is it’s ReadyFlo no drip valve. It sits flat on the counter and the opening is at the bottom, which allows you to get all the soap out when you need it and you can even keep it open because of the no-drip feature!
Make it fun tip:
Grab your iPad and put on your favorite Netflix show or a movie while you wash the dishes. It helps take your mind off of your least favorite task while also allowing the time to pass quicker!
3. Help Those Who Help You
So far we’ve cleaned the counters and washed all the dishes. I’m kinda tired, are you? Let’s make sure the next step allows us to put our feet up a bit.
My dishwasher works hard every day to make sure my family has clean dishes. Just like cars need an oil change, it’s important to give your dishwasher an extra boost here and there so it can operate at it’s best! With Lemi Shine Dishwasher Cleaner, you can clean, deodorize, and optimize the performance of your dishwasher, even in hard water! It dissolves away hard water buildup for cleaner dishes. It’s super easy to use! All you have to do is pour the contents of the pouch into the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run as normal. It’s also powered by 100% natural citric acids and oils.
Your garbage disposal takes all the yucky stuff out of your sink. At some point, it may start to smell not so good. Cleaning your disposal can be a bit tricky because no one should ever stick their hand down there. Lemi Shine has created a solution! Their Disposal Cleaner eliminates odors, removes buildup, and optimizes performance. It cleans the disposal and also the drain pipes! Each packet contains 2 pods for 2 cleanings! It’s recommended to clean your garbage disposal once a week. The process creates a foam in the sink and once the foam is completely gone, you know it’s all clean! It takes about 1-2 minutes. This product is also all natural and safe for a septic system.
Make it fun tip:
Budget 15 minutes for this task. You should be done with both in 3-4 minutes. That means you get 10+ minutes to do whatever you want! Grab a magazine or lay on the couch.
4. Get Organized
Spring cleaning is a great time of year to organize your kitchen. I try to organize the pantry every other week so it doesn’t get crazy. When it comes to spring cleaning, here are the extra steps that I take:
- Check the spices and throw away anything that may be expired.
- Go through all the canned items and all other food items and discard anything expired.
- Check your staples and make a list for any items you may need to replace. (We tend to shop in bulk so we have a large supply of things like brown sugar, rice, flour, etc. We also have a supply of non-food items like paper plates, straws, plastic bags, etc.)
- Clean the microwave, stove, toaster (yes, you’d be surprised how many crumbs can build up inside!)
- Wipe down the blinds on the window and wash curtains if you have any.
- Clean out the refrigerator like you normally do but also check dates on items that sit in there for awhile like condiments and anything in the freezer.
- Organize the pots and pans with their respective lids. Reorganize your food storage containers with their lids.
- Wipe down the silverware drawer.
- Dust off the space above the cabinets
- Clean hard to reach places like behind the stove, underneath the refrigerator, and wipe down the inside of the cupboards.
- Clean out the junk drawer.
- Replace items like sponges, old cleaning towels, etc.
- Perform maintenance checks on all appliances to make sure everything is in working order. Change light bulbs and replace filters as needed.
Make it fun tip:
Buy yourself a delicious treat and let that be your reward for a job well done! I also like to buy myself flowers.
Once your kitchen is completely clean, take a break. While you can certainly clean your entire home in a day, you could also focus on one room each day so you can give your best efforts to each room. The overall results will end up cleaner and more thorough since you are devoting the time needed to each and every task.
Learn More about Lemi Shine natural cleaning products:
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What are YOUR Spring Cleaning tips?
Leave a comment below and let me know what kinds of tips and tricks you use to make cleaning more fun!
Owner and operator of Paperclips & Pacis, a lifestyle blog sharing the best of #momlife and #entrepreneurship. Wife to Drew, Mommy to Andrew (age 5), Aidan (age 4), and Avalynn (age 1). Cat mom x2. Lover of Disney World, office supplies, and social media. Instagram: @paperclipsandpacis