Cleaning above the cupboards
Last week, I was hit by a strange desire to do spring cleaning. Don't worry, I'm sure it will pass soon. But meanwhile, I tackled some kitchen cupboards (okay, just one). As I was doing the cupboard, I once again lamented the greasy, dusty film covering the top of my cabinets and everything on them, and the next day I tackled it.
Baking soda is the perfect cleaner for that greasy dusty stuff (I get it above my stove too). It cuts right through it. I added a generous amount to a bowl of hot water, then stirred in a couple of big squirts of dish soap. It worked very well, although I had to change the water often because my cupboard tops were so filthy. I used almost a whole box of baking soda.
The milk glass was easy—I just ran it through the dishwasher. When we moved into this house, the emptiness above the cabinets bothered me. Somehow I decided to collect milk glass up there, because (a) I like it, (b) I can use it elsewhere in the house, and (c) it's really cheap at thrift stores.
I actually thought long and hard about what to put up there. Fake greenery seems the obvious answer—a lot of people use that—but I didn't want to deal with cleaning it. After using the dishwasher to clean my milk glass, I stand by my decision. I don't know how you could possibly clean that greasy gunk off of it.