Fridge Refresh: Take everything out of the fridge. Check the expiration dates and toss anything that has expired, then wipe down the shelves, walls, and drawers with a sponge dipped in hot, soapy water. Wipe down the door using a soft cloth dipped in soapy water. Be sure to wipe a stainless steel door in the direction of the grain.
Speed-clean the Stovetop: Get it sparkling clean stovetop in three easy steps. 1) Remove the grates and knobs and spritz them with a degreaser. Let them soak for a few minutes, then wipe with a wet sponge to make sure no residue is left. 2) Wipe away crumbs with a damp paper towel. Soak cooked-on gunk with warm soapy water and let sit for five minutes before scrubbing with a non-scratch scouring pad. 3) Replace the grates and knobs, making sure the “off” markings are correctly aligned.
Organize the Pantry: Similar to an organized fridge, a decluttered pantry will make meal prep much easier. To speed-clean your pantry, set a timer for 15 minutes and move the trash can near the pantry. Take everything out, and throw away anything that has expired.
Using a cloth dipped in hot, soapy water, wipe down sticky jars, cans, and shelves. Using a handheld vacuum, clear away crumbs.
Organize everything by categories, and be strategic about placement. Everyday items like snacks and lunch essentials should be kept on the middle shelf, while light paper goods belong on the top shelf.
Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal: The trick to making sure it smells fresh is probably already in your fridge: citrus. Add pieces of lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit peels to your disposal while running the hot water. The fresh citrus will help deodorize the disposal, while the running water will flush out any lingering bits of food.
Deep-Clean the Floor: To make the most of your speed clean, be sure to choose the best method for the type of flooring you have. For a vinyl floor, mix up a solution of ¼ cup vinegar, one drop of dish soap, and warm water in a 16-ounce spray bottle. Spritz the floor one section at a time and wipe with a damp microfiber mop. If you have a natural stone floor, ditch the vinegar (the acid can harm this surface), and stick with a microfiber mop and hot water.
Clean Your Dishwasher: When the appliance is empty, place a cup full of vinegar on the top rack and run a wash cycle. For a light citrus-y scent, try placing a lemon wedge in the cutlery container before running a wash cycle. ***