I have been known to say, “If you don’t get started, you will never get done!”  This is true about many things in life and especially true about spring cleaning.  I grew up on a farm where we had a row of beautiful lilac bushes.  Each spring they were one of the first flowers to bloom.  Their beauty and scent not only reminds me of the spring but also the time to get spring cleaning.  The kitchen is the best place to start because it is the high-traffic hub of our homes where we gather for meals, smell coffee in the morning, share stories of the day to connect with our family and of course where we raid the pantry.

Also, it is a place where we work hard and make our appliances work harder, often feel crumbs beneath our feet, know there are forgotten spills, crusted-on spots and greasy areas.  For all these reasons, we will start spring cleaning our kitchens.

To get started, you will need: EnviroCloth, Window Cloth, Micro Cleaning Hand Pad, Cleaning Paste, Spirisponge, Descaler & EnviroWand.

  1. Cupboard Tops – Attach your EnviroWand to the Mop System handle and bend your EnviroWand to the width of your cupboards, spray the thick tassel side of the wand with 2 squirts of water and wipe across the tops of your cupboards. For heavy grease spots, use a dab of Cleaning Paste and scrub with a Spirisponge and wipe with a well-wrung EnviroCloth.  Done!
  2. Cupboard Doors – Use your EnviroCloth to wipe down the fronts, backs, sides and knobs.  If you have debris in the nooks and crannies, use the sharp Spirisponge edge to loosen and simply wipe off. Finish by polishing your door fronts with a Window Cloth. Done!
  3. Cupboards – This spring break I enlisted my girls for help! I asked them to choose two cupboards per day to clean.  They chose to work from smallest to largest!!!  They did a fantastic job with just water and an EnviroCloth.  I will give you the same instructions I gave them:
  • Remove Items.
  • Discard expired items.
  • Recycle any empty containers.
  • Wipe down cupboard shelves, edges and walls with a well-wrung EnviroCloth.
  • To remove scuff marks, cut a small square of the Micro Clean Hand Pad and give it a scrub.  Wipe clean with an EnviroCloth.
  • Replace items.
  • Repeat.
  • Done!

Tip for utensil drawers:

  • Vacuum drawer after removing utensils.
  • Use a Micro Clean Hand Pad to remove scuffs in your utensil try and wipe clean with an EnviroCloth.  Done!

utensil drawer collage

4. Back Splash & Counter Top – Remove items from your kitchen counter.  Wipe your back splash and counter tops with a well-wrung EnviroCloth.  If your grout is grungy use a dab of Clean Paste and scrub with a Spirisponge, wipe clean with EnviroCloth.  Done!

5. Sink – Clean the sink basin with a dab of Cleaning Paste and the scrub with a Spirisponge.  Spray the edge around your sink and the base of your faucet with Descaler.  Let sit for a few minutes and scrub with an old toothbrush.  Wipe clean with an EnviroCloth.  Pour two tablespoons of Descaler into a plastic baggie and submerge faucet head, secure with an elastic.  Let sit for a few hours.  Use the sharp Spirisponge edge to remove build up.  Wipe down sink and faucet with EnviroCloth.  It will smile back at you.  Done!

Now go out and enjoy the spring flowers, you have accomplished the start of your spring clean! Check back next week when we will tackle the home appliances.


Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.