We spot-clean kitchens on a regular basis, but when was the last time you gave yours a deep clean? Read on for our top five tips for getting out all the grime.

Drain and Garbage Disposal

Our favorite method for drain cleaning is not only environmentally friendly, but costs next to nothing. Simply gather up some baking soda, vinegar and a few pieces of lemon, orange or lime peel.

First, pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup vinegar. This mixture will fizz up like crazy, and all those bubbles will gently “scrub” your garbage disposal clean. After five minutes, flush out the mixture with water as hot as your tap can produce. Drop the citrus down the drain and run the garbage disposal for a few seconds to further deodorize and leave your drain with a light citrus scent. This method (with or without citrus) can also be used to clear a clogged drain.

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Under and Behind Refrigerator

To clean this area, begin by pulling the refrigerator away from the wall as far as needed to give yourself space to work. Unplug the refrigerator and, if you have an ice machine, turn off the water supply.

Dislodge any dust you see on the coils (there are specialized brushes made for this task). If you don’t see any coils, check the front – many models’ coils are located behind a grill just above the floor. Remove the grill and dislodge dust. Regardless of where the coils are, follow up by vacuuming away any leftover dust.

Wipe down the wall behind the unit, the back and sides of your refrigerator and the floor underneath. When the floor is dry, reposition your refrigerator and replace electric water hook-ups.

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Range Hood and Filters

This area is notorious for accumulating greasy gunk, leading to a very unpleasant odor in the kitchen. To clean it, first fill up your kitchen sink with very hot water – boiling is great. Add some dish-washing soap (not dishwasher detergent!) and a few tablespoons of baking soda. Using a long spoon, stick or brush, circulate the water until the soap is bubbly. Remove the range hood filters and drop them into the hot, soapy water. Let them soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

While you’re soaking the filters, give the range hood itself a wipe-down with any grease-cutting cleaner and a sponge. When enough time has gone by, drain the sink and scrub the filters until you can’t see any grease. Let them dry and pop them back into place.

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The last time you cleaned your kitchen ceiling was probably never. You’re not alone – few people do this regularly. Get rid of all that built-up grease and dust with a bucket of hot water and dish soap – and plenty of sore-arm breaks!

Under the Sink

Thanks to drips, leaky containers and other things lurking there, underneath your kitchen sink can get scary. To clean it thoroughly, first pull out everything. Safely dispose of any leaking or burst containers. Clean out the area thoroughly, using only a damp rag first to avoid creating toxic fumes if cleaners have leaked. Wipe down again using a mild cleanser. To help avoid clutter and “lost” items, consider investing in some organizational solutions.