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And now I'm off the topic of cleaning. Well, not really. The cleaning started on Saturday with taking the breads out of the freezers. These take up a lot of space, so it was a chance to get the freezers straightened and organized, and take care of any little bits that should be thrown away. I finally found the 1/2 bushel of green chiles I put in the freezer back in September, and used a few of them Saturday night to make a burrito mess casserole. So the freezers got straightened and organized, and I brought in no less than five grocery bags of stuff to use in the early days of this week, which is clearly a bonus, considering how broke we are right now due to the van repairs I've mentioned. Ad Nauseum.
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When I was done
Once the cabinets were done, I moved on to the countertops and small appliances. Starting next to the fridge, I work my way through all of the countertops, moving everything and cleaning under it. When I get to the sink area, I wash the dish drain (we have hard water, so the bottom of the dish drain gets icky build up on it) and set it on a towel on a clean space of countertop to dry. Then I scrub out the sink. I also clean the top of the portable dishwasher. As I come to small appliances, I clean them, inside and outside. Except the coffee pot. I don't drink coffee, so cleaning the inside is all up to Mr. Sullivan. I did it once and he said I ruined the coffee flavor. Apparently years of stuck on coffee goo make for yummy coffee today. Who knew?
Once that is done, I move on to the large appliances. I hate this part of the job, but it's got to be done. I loathe scrubbing out the refrigerator. I clean it out weekly but scrubbing it down just frustrates me. But when I do this deep cleaning, I scrub the refrigerator, inside and out. Like the cabinets, it will stay clean for about 2.5 days. Then someone will spill the juice or some meat I'm thawing will bleed all over it. I do clean up the blood right away, but juice stays there until it's solidified into some unrecognizable mass.
The stove is usually fairly easy. I clean the stove top at least once a week, and I just wipe out the oven. I don't like using oven cleaner in the winter when I can't vent the house. When I do a deep cleaning I make sure to include the hood and back of the stove.
Then comes the hard labor. I move out the stove and fridge and clean the floor and wall under and behind. A lot of dust gets built up there, and this can make your fridge run less efficiently. Also, if you fry food at all, even rarely, you will get some grease build up behind your stove. Critters you don't want in your house consider this like an invitation to a wedding reception with an open bar. Actually, Mr. Sullivan does the moving, I do the cleaning. Once I did it myself and he wasn't happy that I'd done it. He occasionally needs to beat on his chest and do a Tarzan yell, too. But I love that about him.
Once the appliances are back in their rightful spots, I tackle the floor. In this house, that means careful spraying of whatever cleaning solution I'm using onto what ungrouted ceramic tiles are left on the floor. At my old house, it meant getting a bucket of hot water with cleaning stuff in it, a washcloth, and a green scrubbie for stubborn spots. I really can't wait until we get the floor done here.
Finally, I wash the windows and curtains in the kitchen. Even if they look clean, they absorb all of the scents in your kitchen. While I'm sure the roast smelled great while it filled your home with the aroma of beef and spices, it won't smell great combined with the salmon, bacon, banana bread and sauteed onions you've also cooked recently. And those smells are all clogged up in your curtains.
And, just for information's sake, I did not do all of this cleaning in one day. I don't think any mom can do this kind of deep cleaning around baby wrangling and dog chasing and laundry folding and dinner cooking and the 1001 other things you have to do in a day. It's added to my normal routine, and I tackle a bit each day.