Can a kitchen stay sparkling clean?
The larger the family, the more difficult the task. So it’s important for each family member to develop good habits. Consider implementing these time-saving tips:
Encourage everyone to clean up after themselves and that includes wiping the counter and rinsing dirty dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Children can begin to learn simple habits at a young age. A mess should not be left for mom!
- When cooking, it’s best to clean as you go. If you count on someone else to clean up your cooking mess, bad habits could form. Let family members choose days to cook (and clean) while other family members 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 and avoid letting them pile up in the sink. 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 or before breakfast the next day. Do you need to clean your hairbrush? Remove the hair and throw it in the dishwasher!
- Do not let counters pile up with unused appliances. Get rid of appliances you don’t use and place items you rarely need in a cabinet.
- Learn to speed clean the kitchen by wiping down sinks, counters, floors, cabinets, and door handles every day. Put on a pot of coffee or set a timer and try to beat the clock! Keep cleaning wipes under the sink for a quick cleanup process. It should take less than 5 minutes!
- Baking soda is an inexpensive multi-purpose staple for any kitchen. It can deodorize garbage disposals, refrigerators, and sponges and it’s an effective cleaner for chrome and sinks. Also, add a few tablespoons of baking soda along with your dish soap to cut tough grease on dishes, pots, and pans. It’s a safe way to scrub fruits and vegetables too. Unclog sinks with baking soda and white vinegar.
- Keep trash bins emptied. Add a few extra bags at the bottom of the trash can for a quick changeover.
Faucets can collect mold and grime so for a great clean, place white vinegar in a baggie and tie around the spout with a rubberband.
- Once a month clean the refrigerator to wipe up grime and discard expired food.
- Keep dish soap and sponges on a soap dish or bowl under the sink.
You can usually clean most stove tops with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Some people add a little Dawn dish detergent to the mixture.
- Layer the top of kitchen cupboards with a layer of wax paper to keep dust from settling. Every couple of months you can replace the paper.
Declutter regularly and donate items you don’t need.
- Make a list of things that need a little more attention, like drawers organized or vents and light fixtures cleaned. Then try to accomplish one small task daily or every other day.