Hi all! I’m back with another kitchen cleaning zone. I admit it. I enjoy cleaning the kitchen. It’s the only room I enjoy cleaning. I only clean the rest of the house because I like a clean house. I clean the kitchen because I actually enjoy cleaning it. Weird, I know. Monday through Friday I spend about 15 minutes cleaning one of five zones in this room. You can see Zone 1 here.
Every Tuesday I focus on the range area. I use the same routine each week, so it’s like a habit and goes fast. I’ll walk you through my routine, but find one that suits you best.
The first thing I do is sprinkle baking soda on the door, and then water. While I do other tasks I let that sit. My oven is self cleaning, but it doesn’t clean the door. When I run the clean cycle it gives off a terrible smell, so I only do it when I can open windows. That means in the middle of summer or winter, it gets a bit scuzzy inside. Don’t put foil on the bottom of your oven. It can melt and become impossible to remove.
Then I microwave a bowl half filled with water and a little vinegar for 5 minutes.
While the water and vinegar are being nuked, I look over the oven racks for any messes. If I find some I use a scouring pad to clean them. Since I do this weekly, I don’t typically find much.
After I’ve rinsed and dried the racks, I wipe the inside of the microwave.
Then I clean and polish the outside.
I move onto the range top, cleaning and polishing. Baking soda works really well at getting rid of fingerprints on the control panel. I also wipe the back splash behind it.
And I’m back to the oven door, scrubbing it down and cleaning all the baking soda off.
Since I do this weekly, I don’t have much baked on. If you can’t get to it very often, you might have to let it sit for an hour.
I wipe down and polish the front, and the range is done. My last step is wiping the cabinets above the microwave, and polishing them.
I took the previous photos last Tuesday, and woke up to a beautiful cool morning on Sunday. I quick opened the windows, removed the racks and ran the self clean. A few hours later all I had to do was wipe up the inside.
Yay! It looks brand new. If anybody comes over, look out. They’re going to get a tour of my clean oven.
These weekly kitchen cleaning zones mean I never have to deal with built-up scum. I like cleaning the kitchen, not hours scrubbing the kitchen.
I hope this was inspiring for you.