Winter is almost a thing of the past. Thank goodness, because it's been a doozy! After completing all of our recent organization projects I'm in full spring cleaning mode. Not because I like it, but because I like how it feels to have a clean home. Today, we are tackling Tips to Keep a Clean Kitchen!
If I'm being 100% honest, I don't love to clean. But, I have picked up a few things over the years that tend to make my life a bit easier in the cleaning department. I'm all about finding efficient ways to get things done.
This week, we will be targeting tips to keep our homes clean! I will address a different area each day this week.
House Cleaning Tips: 5 Full Days of Tips for Cleaning the Entire Home
- Monday: That's Today!!! Keep a Clean Kitchen with these Simple Steps
- Tuesday: Bathroom Cleaning Tips for Every Day
- Wednesday: Clean Living Room Checklist: Tips to Get it Done!
- Thursday: How to Clean a Laundry Room
- Friday: Tips to Clean a Bedroom: Day 5 of the Week Long Cleaning Series
Last week, I shared my Weekly Cleaning Checklist. Having a checklist posted somewhere in clear view is a great way to keep my entire family accountable for house keeping tasks. Not everything gets checked off the list each day in our home, but if we stay mostly on top of cleaning, it makes a BIG difference in how tidy our home feels.
In my most recent 5 week home organizational challenge, we purged lots of unnecessary items from our homes. Now, it's time to keep it clean so we can really enjoy it!
So, on to why you are here;-)
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Clean Kitchen Tips:
We all need occasional reminders of what we already know to do. I feel as though this post is a little bit of that. To me, it's like eating healthy and working out. We need reminded every now and then or we fall back into bad habits!
1. Wipe Counters Down Every Day
One of the first things I do after we finish breakfast each morning, and frankly after every meal at home, is to wipe down all of our kitchen counters. There is something calming about a nice, clean surface that helps me get ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Even if it's after our evening meal, a clean kitchen allows me to relax and enjoy the rest of my night.
This is a task that only takes a couple of minutes, but makes all the difference.
Shaklee concentrated cleaner mixed with water is all I use for our countertops. Spray and wipe!
2. Sweep the kitchen floor every day
Take the swiffer broom and run it over the kitchen floor one time each day. Pick the time of day that works best for you. If you have small children, you might need to do this after each meal.
Unless you have a dog;-)
3. Unload dishes from dishwasher and reload dishwasher daily
Unloading the dishwasher AND reloading it with dirty dishes is a great cleaning task to delegate to children (if you feel yours are old enough to handle this).
I have found my kids now have a much better appreciation of how necessary it is to ensure dishes are rinsed before they go into the dishwasher. If they are not properly rinsed or wiped, they don't get clean! Then, they have to wash them by hand!
Perhaps that is just our dishwasher.
4. Hand wash drinking bottles and other "hand wash" required dishes daily
Speaking of washing by hand, we have several sports bottles and such that don't go in the dishwasher. If you have items that need to be washed by hand, keep up with them every day.
5. Keep Counters clear of clutter
One thing that can make a kitchen look particularly messy is counter clutter. Take a few minutes every day to put things where they belong versus letting them accumulate on the counters.
At our home, mail is the biggest problem. Be ruthless about purging, sorting, filing as soon as you get a moment. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to make that moment happen!
6. Wipe out refrigerator once weekly
Cleaning out the refrigerator on a weekly basis allows me to get rid of expired food, purge old take out containers, and wipe up spills that we didn't initially notice.
This will give you a better idea of the food items you need to purchase next time you are at the store as well! If you come across something you know you'll need, immediately write it on your grocery list.
7. Clean kitchen table / eating area after each meal
Clean up the food items, crumbs, napkins, etc. Wipe off the table each time you eat.
8. Take out trash as needed
Keep up with the trash! Since we have a dog that happens to love an overflowing trash can, we have a pretty good handle on this. Otherwise, our sweet dog would have trash strewn all over our house.
9. Wipe out the kitchen sink daily
Kitchen sinks can get pretty yucky. After wiping down my countertops, I typically use the same cloth to wipe out my sinks.
A clean sink just seems like the icing on the cake when it comes to making a kitchen look truly clean!
Clean Kitchen Project Complete!
It seems like a lot, I realize. But, these few steps make a home seem so much more put together and tidy! If it is at all possible, try to get other members of your home to pitch in.
A little team work can make all the difference!
Have you grabbed my weekly cleaning checklist? (If not, click on the aforementioned link to get yours!)
I'm so glad you are here! Let's get our homes nice and tidy this week.
This will be a week of motivating one another to take control of our messy homes. Please tell me I'm not the only one that struggles with this!
Have a great day! If you have any kitchen cleaning tips or comments, take a moment and drop me a note below!
Don't forget to pin these tips for cleaning a kitchen to your favorite Pinterest board!