Keeping the kitchen clean is a hassle all on its own, especially if you don’t know where to start. There’s just so much to do! Create a routine and stick to it. Believe me, it makes finishing tasks a lot easier, not to mention faster. Breaking each task into manageable sections will make cleaning your kitchen a breeze.
In fact, we’ll help you! Make sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned every nook and cranny of your kitchen with this helpful step-by-step process.
1. Clear and Organize
Have you ever wondered where a spoon suddenly went? Did a fork ever go missing? Utensils can be littered everywhere – from your dining tables to your countertop, sometimes even your cupboards and fridge. Find them all like you would in a treasure hunt, and collect them. Place them in back in their drawers or cupboards, so next time you won’t have a hard time looking for them. Also, make sure to return them next time you’re using them. Utensils are just the beginning, however.
If you have a habit of being a little (or a lot!) cluttered, there may be some items that simply do not belong in the kitchen. Gather them all in a basket or container, and put them in their rightful place later. Keyword: later. Don’t step out of the kitchen. Putting them all back on the spot might distract you from the task at hand.
2. Finish the Dishes
Collect all the dirty dishes and used utensils (including pots and pans and the likes), and place them all in the sink. Fill the sink with hot water, adding a few drops of dish soap. Place the dishes in the sink to soften the harder stains that gathered from cooking and eating. Leave them under the water for a few minutes before draining the sink, and finally starting with sponging and rinsing.
In addition to dishes and utensils, you can also run the dish rack and microwave turntables under the hot, soapy water. You can use the dishwasher to do this, or you can choose to wash and scrub them by hand. Afterwards, drain the sink, and move on to the next step.
3. Start with the Sink
Cleaning the sink can get a little draining (get it?). The sink can be stained from years of use, but it’s nothing a little mild abrasive, such as baking soda, can’t handle. Just put a little on a sponge or wash cloth. Make sure the sink is still a little wet as you do this. Afterwards, rinse with hot water again. Wipe down the faucet and handles with a cloth.
4. Wipe Surfaces
If there are stains on the countertops and tabletops, make use of a cleaner formulated for surfaces. Otherwise, for stains that are harder to get rid of, try the mild abrasive as stated before. A little baking soda can work wonders for smooth surfaces as well.
Scrub both the countertops and tabletops in small, circular motions, and watch them shine before your very eyes. However, surfaces don’t only include counters and tables; these can also include the front of the fridge, dishwasher, and oven.
5. Counters and Stoves
Spray the countertops and stovetops with an all-purpose cleaner. This part is quick and easy. After spraying and wiping, you can let the cleaner do its work and move on to the next task.
6. Empty the Refrigerator
Defrosting is necessary once in a while. If you’ve noticed, your ice cream might be more like a milkshake. Once ice gathers at the back of the fridge and freezer, it hinders its cooling properties, and prevents the refrigerator from cooling its contents. On that note, throw out all the spoiled food. If you hoard leftovers or tend to buy more milk than necessary, you are bound to have spoiled food in there somewhere.
Once the fridge is empty and ready for defrosting, get a dishtowel or cloth dipped in soapy water to wipe clean the inside of the fridge door, the handles, and the metal shelves. For corners that are hard to reach, you can use an old toothbrush, or a spatula wrapped in cloth to get rid of grime.
7. From Top to Bottom
If you’re at the top, there’s nowhere else to go but down. Same applies to this part. With a feather duster, go through the top of the cupboards and fridge. Those areas have definitely accumulated a good amount of dust and dirt. You can also slip them inside the cupboards to make sure dust doesn’t collectively gather on top of your cookware and other dishes. Apologize to the spiders before getting rid of the webs forming in the corners.
8. Cabinets and Microwave
Have a wet sponge “cook” inside the microwave for two minutes. While the microwave starts, dip a rag in warm, soapy water, and use it to wipe down the surface of the upper and lower cabinet doors and their handles, as well anything else on the wall as you walk around the kitchen. By the time you’ve finished, the sponge should have cooled take out. Use it to wipe the inside and outside of the microwave.
9. Empty the Trash
Your trash bin is probably full at this point. Once you have taken out the trash, make sure to also clean the inside of the bin. You can use a washcloth or simply a cleaning wipe to do this. If you use plastic to hold your trash, it’s easier to take them out. However, if you don’t, I advise you to use plastic bags to make it easier for you to throw it out. Just pull the bag out of the bin.
10. Sweep and Mop
Last, but definitely not the least, sweep the floors. Assuming you haven’t cleaned your kitchen in weeks, maybe even months, dirt has definitely accumulated. Loose hair and fur can be everywhere; there might even be some remnants of fallen food somewhere, not to mention crumbs. Sweeping is just the penultimate step to getting the clean kitchen you’ve dreamed of for months on end. Afterwards, finally, mop the floor to get rid of whatever dust and tiny particles of dirt left.
There you have it! Easy as 1-2-3! This should keep your kitchen clean for a while. If not, then you can just repeat the cycle all over again. You can even make it fun by listening to some music while cleaning, or have the whole family help out, assigning them a specific task. Maybe you can even turn it into some sort of game! Happy cleaning!