Going Away on Summer Vacation? Take Care of These 6 Kitchen Tasks First

Summer vacationGetting ready to take your summer vacation?

No doubt, you’re busy getting everything ready before your departure date.

Before you take off for the airport, make sure you tackle these 6 kitchen jobs.

(Because you won’t want to do them when you get back).

 1. Get rid of any garbage and recycling

No matter where you’re headed, the weather here in Oakville, Kitchener, and Toronto is expected to be hot and sticky.

So, if you leave any trash behind in the kitchen, you might come home to:

  • Awful smells.
  • Potentially leaky trash bags.
  • Maggots or fruit flies.


After you empty the trash (if possible, take it down to the dump so it’s completely done and over with), grab some vinegar and wipe down the garbage can/container itself.

That’ll get rid of any unwanted odours or stuck on/leftover pieces of food.

Do the same with your recycling bins; especially if you’ve tossed things like pop cans or cardboard food containers (like pizza boxes) into them.

2. Clean out the fridge

In the days leading up to your vacation, try to eat any leftovers or use as many ingredients as you can.

Clean out fridge

Then, go through your fridge and look for items which will expire and/or spoil while you’re away, in particular:

  • Soft cheese.
  • Dairy products (i.e. milk and butter).
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Lunch meat/cold cuts.
  • Eggs.

If you’re the type of person who absolutely hates wasting food, see if there’s anything you can give away to neighbours, family, or friends.

Finally, just like the garbage can and recycling box mentioned earlier in this blog, grab a cloth and wipe clean the shelves and drawers inside your refrigerator.

3. Wash the dishes

Just picture this scenario:

Dirty dishes

  • You come back from vacation.
  • You’ve had a great time, but you’re exhausted too.
  • You walk into the kitchen, only to be greeted by a mountain of dirty dishes and glasses.

Unfortunately, you can’t turn around and go back to your holiday spot.

The best way to avoid washing dishes when you return from your trip is to clean them beforehand. It sounds minor, but you’ll love the feeling of coming home to a clean kitchen.

One more thing: If your dishwasher as a clean or sanitize setting, you might as well run that (when it’s empty, of course) to get rid of any lingering smells inside of it.

4. Wipe down the kitchen countertops

Like many people, you may turn off the air conditioning while you’re away.

That’s a smart idea.

However, the lack of cool air can lead to nasty odours and germs thriving on your kitchen countertops.

Use a naturally organic anti-bacterial wipe to clean all your countertop or cooking surfaces. Make certain you pay close attention to any spills or stains which have become caked on.

And if you have countertop appliances you use on regular basis, such as:

  • Toaster.
  • Blender.
  • Mixer.
  • Coffee maker.

Get behind them to clear away any crumbs or debris.

5. Throw away any old sponges, wash rags, and brushes

Old sponge

At the best of times, the sponge is one of the dirtiest things you’ll find in your kitchen.

It’s not going to get any cleaner or more sanitary while you’re away, either.

Your best bet is to take any old sponges, tattered wash cloths or beat-up brushes and get rid of them.

After all, there’s no sense in tidying the kitchen before vacation, only to leave yucky and/or smelling cleaning products behind.

6. Turn the taps off tight (or fix any leaky faucets before leaving)

If you’ve been putting off or ignoring the steady drip-drip-drip of your leaky kitchen faucet, now’s the time to get it fixed.

Leaky faucet

Here’s what could happen if you don’t:

  • Higher water bills: Imagine your water bill increasing while you were gone. The average leaky faucet drips 11 litres of water/day. Over time, that adds up – and you’ll have to pay for it.
  • Water damage: If your leaky faucet gets worse while you’re away, it could lead to mold growth in your pipes or on your floors.
  • Negative health impact: Should leaky water settle and pool somewhere, it could get stagnant or lead to mold and/or mildew growth.

Here are two other ways to look at a leaky faucet:

  1. You wouldn’t throw 11 litres of milk or beer down the drain every day. So why do it with tap water?
  2. You just saved and spent for your summer vacation. Don’t come home to an expensive problem which could’ve been easily avoided.

Dreaming of a new kitchen? Let NuStone Transformations help make it come true

Everyone here at NuStone Transformations hopes you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer vacation.

And if you want to update your kitchen when you get back (and just before summer ends), we can help with:

Need more information?

Book a FREE in-home consultation. We can do it before or after your vacation (you choose).

Have a great summer vacation!