The kitchen is the heart of the home, and definitely the most used! This room gets more wear and tear than any other room and absolutely needs to be cleaned often, but what’s the best way? What should be cleaned first? In what order should you work? I’ve done the research for you and have some tips to help you figure out just that, so that you can have the cleanest kitchen as you can in the least amount of time. Begin with these 15 steps to a cleaner kitchen so you can get rid of the mess in the best way possible!
Ready to clean? Get some supplies and let’s get to work getting your kitchen sparkling and shiny without spending all day in there:
1. Clear the counters of anything that doesn’t belong: unopened mail, papers, cookbooks, permission slips awaiting signatures. Put them away where they belong.
2. Get ready to soak: Fill the sink with hot water and some dish soap. Drop in items the that need soaking, like the crisper drawer, the dish rack, and the microwave turntable. Let them soak while you get some other work done.
3. Clean out the refrigerator, tossing out anything that has expired. Throw dirty food-storage containers into the sink to soak. Working from top to bottom, wipe down the shelves with a paper towel or a rag spritzed with a nontoxic all-purpose cleaner.
4. Start on the dusting next, beginning with the high zones, knocking dirt and debris to the floor, where they will be swept up later. Using a telescoping duster if you can, start right above the sink and work your way around the room, cleaning upper corners, light fixtures, and tops of cabinets. Don’t forget the top of the refrigerator too. When you’re back at the sink, you’re ready to move on.
5. Next clean the upper cabinets and anything else on the walls, including a mounted microwave. Spray the microwave interior with all-purpose cleaner and let sit for two minutes. With a damp, soapy cloth, wipe down the exterior. (If it’s stainless steel, use a cloth moistened with diluted white vinegar, instead of soapy water, to clean any fingerprints.) Next, wipe the doors and the pulls of the upper cabinets and anything else as you circle the room. With a fresh damp, soapy cloth, wipe down the backsplash if you have one. After the two minutes, wipe the solution from the inside of the microwave using a dry cloth. It’s OK if crumbs fall to the stove or the floor.
6. Now to the stove! Spray the stovetop with all-purpose cleaner and let sit for a few minutes. For stubborn stains, add a powdered scrub that won’t scratch. Clean it up so it’s all shiny, including the door front.
7. Next, load the dishwasher with the items soaking in the sink, or hand wash them. Don’t drain the sink just yet. You’ll use that water again soon!
8. Clean the coffeemaker, toaster, stand mixer, and other small appliances from top to bottom, using a multisurface formula (spray the cloth rather than the appliance) or a cleaning wipe. Dip drip trays or crumb catchers in the sink’s leftover warm, soapy water, then rinse and dry.
9. Scrub/wipe the countertops with small, circular motions, using a cleaner formulated for your surface.
10. Get the fridge doors and the front of the dishwasher with a cloth dipped in clean, sudsy water (or diluted white vinegar if a door is stainless steel). Don’t forget the handles and the edges. Use a soft toothbrush or a cloth-wrapped spatula to degrime tight spots, like the folds of the refrigerator seal. Next, clean the sides of the dishwasher door with an all-purpose formula or a cloth dipped in a solution of hot, soapy water and white vinegar.
11. Next clean the lower cabinets and drawers with a damp, soapy cloth.
12. Now drain the sink and rinse with hot water. Buff the basin with a mild abrasive cleanser and a microfiber cloth; rinse with hot water. Wipe down the faucet and the handles.
13. Empty the trash, swiping the inside of the can and the interior of the top with a cleaning wipe before replacing the bag.
14. Finally to the floors. Begin by sweeping them with an electro-static dry duster, like a Swiffer Sweeper (you know I love mine!). Get right up to the baseboards and under the cabinets, where crumbs can hide. Pull out appliances if you can to reach the spaces near the walls. Follow with a mop (or a steam cleaner, if you have one), starting at the corner farthest from the room’s entrance, and use a bucket instead of the sink. Dump the dirty water outside or down the toilet- or use a Swiffer Wet Jet to save you the hassle of the traditional mop and bucket!
So there you have it Start from the top and work your way down, and work smarter not harder to get the cleanest kitchen you can without spending hours doing it. Invest in good, natural cleaners that work well and can be used in multiple ways so you can save money while you are at it!