You can make your kitchen cleaning routine a lot faster and easier, if you follow the number one kitchen cleaning rule…Clean as you go!
Put food away after you use it—this is critical for things that easily spoil.
Load the dishwasher or rinse dishes after each meal.
If you’re environmentally conscious and want to avoid disposables like paper towels, use sponges. Wash them daily in hot soapy water.
Concerned about toxicity? Use vinegar or lemon juice. They’re nontoxic and cut through grease. Try baking soda or coarse salt instead of scouring powder.
Wipe the stovetop after each use. For burned-on messes, spray with hot soapy water and let it sit for a few minutes.
Clean the sink and wipe faucets each evening before leaving the kitchen. Blot up any excess moisture as this can attract bugs—ick!
If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, clean it every few months. Then don’t cook in it for three days to let it air out.
For spills on floors, use a wet/dry cleaner such as Swiffer or a damp cloth or paper towel. Wash the kitchen floor regularly (how often depends on traffic).
Now that your kitchen’s clean and organised, please do eat, drink, party, and be merry!
5 + 5 + 5 Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
Daily Wipe Downs:
- Coffee maker
- Fronts of drawers/cabinets
- Kitchen floor—mop or at least Swiffer it
- Fridge/pantry spills
- Gas range grates, electric stove coils, oven/broiler racks
Monthly Check Ups:
- Oven—needs cleaning?
- Fridge and pantry—outdated food to discard?
- Under sink and other hidden areas; clean and arrange as needed
- Everywhere: missed grease splatters or spills?
- Windows and window curtains; check for possible cleaning
Someone once said, “In the kitchen, let’s eat, drink, party, and be merry.”
We want to add, “Be clean and organised,” so consider these kitchen tips.
- Which things do you use most often? Store these within easy reach of your food prep area.
- Keep similar items together. Store measuring cups and mixing bowls in the same cupboard.
- Use labels—even on drawers and cabinet doors—so you’ll know where everything is.
- Identify clutter-prone areas. If catalogues and unopened envelopes pile up at the end of a countertop, put out a basket labeled “Junk Mail.”
Heres a great video giving you some ideas of some cheap and cheerful ways to organise your kitchen.
American Cleaning Institute. (2014). Kitchen cleaning tips. American Cleaning Institute.
Maker, M. (2014). 5 nasty things in your kitchen & how to clean them. Clean My Space.
Meredith Corporation. (2014). Kitchen cleaning tips. Better Homes and Gardens.
Procter & Gamble (2014, March 4). Kitchen cleanup and organization ideas. P&G Everyday.