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Remove all items from the counter top. Spray the counter top with the appropriate cleanser for its type, such as mild soap and water for granite, and cleanser spray for Formica and Corian. Use a clean wet cloth or sponge to wet down the counter, and wipe all crumbs into the sink or trash can. Make sure to scrub any stuck-on food or grease. After scrubbing the counter with cleanser and a wet cloth or sponge, rinse the counter with hot water to kill bacteria, and then wipe the counter dry with a clean towel.
Clean the front of the cabinets with a soft terrycloth or paper towel so you don't scratch the wood. Use a degreaser cleaner to get any cooking grease from the surface of the wood. Like the counter tops, make sure you wipe down the cabinets thoroughly with the cleaner and dry the cabinets with a soft cloth.
Scrub the inside of the appliances using a non-abrasive cleaner, such as Fantastic spray. For the refrigerator, remove all old food past its due dates and throw it out. Then remove food and wipe down all shelving and remove it from the refrigerator if it needs to be washed with soap and water in the sink. Get all crumbs and food remains out of the crevices and under the drawers. It is important to make sure no food-borne pathogens, mold or fungi grow in the refrigerator. A good general rule of thumb is to clean the refrigerator at least once a month, especially if there is a spill from any type of meat.
Clean your oven with the self-clean feature. Though it can be intimidating, it's a great feature that will take care of all the hard cleaning and elbow grease for you. Just set it and forget it for the four or five hours it takes. After it is complete, allow the oven to cool down and then merely take a damp cloth and wipe the inside of your oven out.
Shine the front of the appliances with a buffed cloth or with specific cleaners for your type of appliance. In the case of stainless steel, a buffing cloth, which is soft like one you would use to shine silver, works really well. Stainless-steel wipes that you can find at the grocery store in the cleaning aisle will help to shine and remove any food or streaks from your appliances. With black or white appliances, Window cleaner and a cloth or paper towels work the best.
Sweep and mop the floor and baseboards as a final step to clean your kitchen properly. Remember to sweep in small areas so you can get all of the dirt properly picked up. Also sweep under the cabinets, and be sure to clean up all cobwebs that may have gathered in the corners. If you have a home with high ceilings, you will want to sweep the cobwebs out of the corners if you see any. Moving the refrigerator or appliances to sweep behind them is also important to the full cleanliness of the kitchen. After sweeping, dilute either Pine-Sol or a similar cleaner or bleach in a bucket of water or your sink. Use the mop to clean not just the floor as a whole but the areas where you find ground-in dirt. Scrub those areas with your mop. If this doesn't do the job, a hand scrubber will help to really get those areas cleaned up.