Getting ready to sell your home can be an exhausting process. There are several things that must be done, and cleaning is high on that list.

7 Cleaning Tips to Make Your Kitchen Shine Before a Showing

The real estate market has been great this year and many people are choosing to sell their homes. If you have decided to join the trend, you may be wondering what buyers look for during a showing. Here are seven tips to help you make sure your house is ready for the spotlight.

  1. Declutter
  2. Clean the oven
  3. Clear out cabinets
  4. Polish wood
  5. Refresh your garbage disposal
  6. Clean and polish your appliances
  7. Make it a clean sweep


First, get rid of all the junk and clutter. It’s easy, and natural, to accumulate things over the years. That kindergarten artwork on your fridge is special to you, but not to a potential buyer. Box up your personal things and store them away.

Easy Oven Cleaning

Fill a spray bottle with ½ cup baking soda, 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup white vinegar. Remove the grates from your oven, while cool, and spray the inside with the solution. Close the door and let it marinate for 12 hours. You can spray it before bed and when you wake up, just clean the oven with soap and water then dry with a cloth.

Clean your oven racks by soaking them in a bathtub full of water and powder washing detergent. Let them soak at least four hours, then rinse and dry them.

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Vacuum Cabinets

Yes, really. Use your vacuum to clean out your cabinets. This will make sure to pick up even the smallest crumbs. It is also faster and more effective than using a cloth. You can use this technique for pantry shelves as well.


Polish Woodwork

A simple DIY wood polish of equal parts lemon oil and white vinegar is the perfect way to clean your cabinets, baseboards, and pantry door. It leaves a beautiful shine and a fresh, natural lemon scent.

Refresh the Garbage Disposal

The last thing you want during a showing is a stinky garbage disposal. Use lemon wedges frozen in ice cubes to clear debris and leave your disposal smelling fresh and clean.

Clean and Polish Your Appliances

Make sure that the refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and other appliances are clean and empty. Run your dishwasher through an empty cycle to ensure that is clean and fresh.

Make it a Clean Sweep

Before your open house, remember to do a final sweep. Remove any clutter, trash, magazines, phone chargers or anything else that shouldn’t be there during the showing. Put the items out of sight.

Even if you are short on time, these tips will make a big difference during your showing. Making sure that your home is clean and sparkling is sure to impress even the most fastidious buyers.

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