Do you love the holidays but dread what it does to your kitchen? With some prep work, the holiday season doesn’t have to be chaotic. Whether you’re hosting a festive Christmas dinner or simply looking forward to quiet and laid-back mornings drinking a steaming cup of coffee or hot cocoa in your immaculate kitchen all December, we’ve got you. In this comprehensive kitchen deep cleaning guide, we share expert-approved cleaning tips you can do before, during, and after parties to enjoy a spotless space and a stress-free holiday season.
Declutter and Organize Before the Festivities Begin
Decluttering creates more usable space, which is essential, mainly if you have limited space in the kitchen, and makes it easier to clean and organize. Major decluttering can be emotionally overwhelming for some people, particularly during Christmastime when you’ve got a lot going on and an endless list of errands to run. That’s why it’s highly recommended to dedicate a day at least two weeks in advance to accomplish this task.
Follow these tips for quick kitchen decluttering.
- Survey everything you have and be intentional about keeping only items you use regularly or that bring you joy.
- Take stuff out of kitchen cabinets and junk drawers and sort them immediately in individual piles for keeping, donating, or disposing.
- Dispose of expired food items and paper clutter.
- Donate unused appliances or ones you have multiple, and eliminate any unnecessary clutter.
- Organize your kitchen pantry to ensure everything is in its designated place. Group similar items together and use storage containers to keep things tidy. This streamlines your cooking process and helps you find ingredients quickly.
Deep Clean Kitchen Appliances
Give your kitchen appliances some extra love by cleaning them thoroughly so you’re confident they’ll be in perfect shape when you use them to whip up an impressive Christmas feast for your loved ones.
How to declutter and deep clean your refrigerator:
- Empty the contents of your fridge, checking for expired items or stuff that needs to be consumed before they go bad.
- Wipe down shelves and drawers or hand wash removable parts if necessary.
- Then, organize the contents to make room for holiday ingredients and leftovers.
- Leave a bowl of vinegar or a box of baking soda to reduce any foul odor in your fridge.
How to clean your stove, toaster, and microwave:
- Scrap any hardened spills and food debris.
- Clean grease buildup by wiping the interior and exterior surfaces with a disinfecting wipe or a dishcloth soaked in warm water and dish soap.
How to deep clean your oven:
- Deep clean your oven using baking soda paste, an eco-friendly cleaner that effectively neutralizes acids and breaks stubborn grease.
- Rinse by spraying or wiping down with a cloth soaked in water, wiping dry, and leaving the door open for a few minutes to airy dry some more.
- Wipe down the knobs and the exterior surfaces with disinfecting wipes or microfiber cloth.
Also read: How to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher
How to descale and clean the coffee maker:
If you’re a coffee enthusiast, remember to descale your coffee maker. You’ll need a strong cup of coffee in the morning to get through the day after the late-night holiday parties or serve after dinner when hosting friends and family. Cleaning your coffee maker regularly improves the taste of your coffee and extends the machine’s life. You can easily descale by running a mixture of water and vinegar through the machine, followed by a few cycles of clean water.
Maintaining Order During Holiday Cooking
- Clean as you go
While preparing holiday meals, adopt the “clean as you go” mantra. Wash dishes, utensils, and cutting boards as soon as you’re done using them, or load them into the dishwasher to take them out of sight. This prevents a mountain of dirty dishes from accumulating and makes cleaning more manageable.
- Assign cleanup roles
If you’re lucky to have help in the kitchen, assign specific duties to family members or friends. This ensures that you don’t feel burdened and burnt out and that everyone contributes to cleaning up, allowing you to focus on the joy of cooking and entertaining.
- Consider using disposables
If you’re hosting many people, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils for certain parts of the meal, such as appetizers or desserts. While not as environmentally friendly, it can significantly reduce the post-meal cleanup time and effort.
- Tackle stains immediately
Accidents happen, especially during the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings. Address spills and stains promptly to prevent them from becoming stubborn marks. Keep a stash of cleaning supplies handy for quick cleanup.
- Refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible.
After the feast, refrigerate leftovers quickly to avoid food spoilage. Proper storage prevents waste and keeps your kitchen smelling fresh and clean.
Schedule a Post-Holiday Deep Clean with FreshSpace
Once the festivities have come to an end, schedule a post-holiday deep clean. This includes wiping down surfaces, mopping floors, and reorganizing any areas that may have become disheveled during the celebrations. As a treat to yourself for a successful holiday hosting, book our professional deep cleaning service. Schedule a cleaning, and we’ll send one of our finest home-cleaning partners to take care of all your holiday cleaning.
Hopefully, by following our holiday cleaning survival guide, you can enjoy this festive season, serving hearty meals to your loved ones without the stress of a cluttered or dirty kitchen. Happy holidays!