The kitchen is the heart of the home. If you’re going to clean your house, the kitchen is the best place to start because doing so will pay immediate dividends.
Kitchen cleaning is one of those endless, thankless jobs. Not many people like having to clean their kitchen, which is why it so quickly becomes messy. Those with children, those who go home for lunch, those with pets are bound to use their kitchen more. Diligence will be essential for them to keep things tidy.
To avoid messes, it’s always best to use the clean-as-you-go method, i.e., if you chop up food, clean up your chopping area soon after. If you spill something, wipe it up. If you open jars, close them and put them back where you found them.
Even those who have the best intentions of keeping things tidy get behind on kitchen cleaning now and then. It takes constant re-motivation to get the job done. It can be helpful to learn what others do to stay on top of their housework. Learning and practicing a few new tips can be motivational.
Here are a few tips you may want to try to as you clean your kitchen.
- Gather your supplies, which may include: a favorite candle, timer, cleaning gloves, disinfectant cleaner or wipes, paper towel, steel wool, dish cleaning cloth, scrub brush, dish soap, and counter scraper.
- Start major cleaning bouts with the symbolic lighting of a candle.
- Turn on your favorite music. Fast music will help you work faster.
- Set a timer to give yourself a deadline and a break.
- Always set the timer for your break’s end, so you don’t stray.
- Presoak any dishes with stuck-on food.
- If your dishwasher is full, race against a timer to empty it. It should take a mere five minutes or less to leave.
- When emptying the dishwasher, choose a handful of dishes all going in the same direction. Do a basketball pivot between the dishwasher and cupboard as you put them away.
- After clearing counters and reloading the dishwasher, soak the bars with soapy water to break down stuck-on food.
- Use a metal food scraper, available at a dollar store, to scrap stuck-on food from the counters.
- Wash and dry the counters.
- Soak the stovetop with soapy water and go back later to wipe it.
- Hand wash large metal trays and put them in the oven to dry.
- Scrub sinks with steel wool and dry them.
- Use wipes to clean appliances.
- Put tools away.
- Turn off the radio.
- Blow out the candle.
A clean kitchen is bound to put you in a good mood. Maintaining a level of order will keep you in a good mood. Stay vigilant. You’ll be glad you did.