The kitchen is never clean!

How can a kitchen stay sparkling clean? The larger the family, the more difficult the task. So it is important for each family member to develop good habits.

Consider these small tips:

  • Encourage everyone to clean up after themselves. Children can begin to learn simple habits at a young age. A mess should not be left for mom!
  • When cooking — clean as you go. If your family takes turns cleaning and cooking, it is best for the cook to clean up their mess as they go. Other family members can take care of clearing the dinner table and washing dinner dishes. If you have a large family, team up!
  • Keep dishes washed and put away. Do not let them pile up. If you have a dishwasher, rinse the dishes as you use them and place in the dishwasher. After dinner run a load and empty right away. 
  • Do not let counters pile up with unused appliances. Get rid of appliances you do not use and keep appliances rarely used in a cabinet.  
  • Wipe down the counters, floors, cabinets, and handles as needed. Keep cleaning wipes under the sink for quick access.
  • Keep baking soda on hand. Baking soda is an inexpensive, multi-purpose staple for any kitchen. You can use it to deodorize your garbage disposal, refrigerator and sponges. It is an effective cleaner for chrome and sinks. Add a few tablespoons of baking soda along with your dish soap to cut grease on dishes, pots, and pans. It is also a safe way to scrub fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep trash bins emptied. Add a few extra bags at the bottom of the trash can for a quick changeover.
  • Once a month do a thorough wipe down of cabinets and pantries and clean out the refrigerator — discarding expired food. 
  • Try keeping plastic bags in an old tissue box. Be reasonable if you have hundreds saved. If you don’t really need them … recycle! 
  • Do not keep dish soap and sponges out in the open. Place them under the sink and keep the sponge on a soap dish. 
  • Consider donating items you do not need and declutter regularly. 

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