Cleaning a kitchen is one of those chores just about everyone dreads. And why not? It’s boring, labor intensive, and can take a big chunk out of your free time. Plus, no sooner do you get the kitchen clean than it seems to be fast on its way to being a mess again.
Most people clean their kitchens once or twice a day, which feels like more than enough. But quite a mess can build up between those cleanings, and getting the kitchen back in shape can seem like an arduous chore you’d do anything to avoid.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few quick and easy kitchen cleaning tips that will help you keep your kitchen clean.
Put the Trash Can Where You Need It Most
Where is your kitchen trash can? If you’re like most of us, you keep your trash can by a door or entryway, or even tucked into a corner where no one can see it.
Try to move your kitchen trash can so that it’s as close to the stove and sink as you can manage. This will make using the trash much more convenient for everyone in your household.
If the trash can is by the sink, the kids are more likely to scrape their plates before putting them on the counter. If the trash can is near the stove, you can immediately throw away those empty packages, onion peels and potato skins, so your food prep area will stay clean and clutter free.
Don’t Let Dishes Pile Up on the Counter
How often have you walked into your kitchen and seen a mountain of dishes piled up on the counter? Not only does this mountain make your kitchen look unclean, it can make cleaning the kitchen take a whole lot longer.
Instead of letting the dishes pile up between meals, take care of them as you use them. Encourage the members of your family to scrape their used dishes. If a dish doesn’t need to be soaked, it should be put directly into the dishwasher. If a dish will require soaking, it should be put into the sink.
Other Quick Kitchen Cleaning Tips
There are a few more things you can do to keep your kitchen looking clean and uncluttered.
* Wipe down your counters and stovetop regularly. Having crumbs or spills on your counters and stovetops can make your kitchen seem dirtier than it actually is. Luckily, it only takes a few seconds to grab a dish cloth and wipe down your kitchen surfaces.
* Sweep the floor at least once a day. You’d be surprised by the difference keeping the floor free of crumbs and lint can make.
*Do cleaning sprints. If giving your kitchen the full cleaning treatment once or twice a day isn’t enough to keep up with the mess, schedule five minute “cleaning sprints” throughout the day. Five minutes doesn’t sound like much time, but you’ll be surprised by how much you can actually get done in those five minutes.
You’ll probably never love cleaning your kitchen. But these tips will make that dreaded chore a whole lot easier.