Sharing many years of experience on how to clean your kitchen on a daily basis where you have more time to spend on what brings you joy and a sparkling clean kitchen. Plus a kitchen cleaning daily checklist.
Whether you love to clean or not this how to clean your kitchen guide will make your life easier and cleans what is important to keep your kitchen a healthy place.
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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN
In today's time, we are so busy until it is hard to keep up. But keeping your kitchen clean and safe is one thing we cannot overlook. Here are my top kitchen daily cleaning habits.
The first thing you need to do is clear all the counters and sink area.
Put all the dishes in the dishwasher or wash them if you do not have a dishwasher. Dry and put them away. If you have a lot of dishes to put up here is a tip on how to keep this from happening in the future.
Whenever you finish a meal rinse or wash your dishes and put them away or in the dishwasher. It only takes a few minutes whereas if you let dishes sit with food on them then it takes much more time to try to get the hard food off.
It is also important not to let dishes sit in dirty water. Germs and bacteria build up in the water which means you will need to give your sink a deep cleaning each time.
Now that all the counters are free of stuff and the dishes are put up lets clean the kitchen counters.
CLEAN KITCHEN COUNTERS
This is an important step many people overlook and that is cleaning your kitchen counters.
Simply take a wet rag and wipe down the counters, range hood, water dispenser tray, if you have one on your fridge, and hood scooping any debris into your hand or into the sink. Once everything is clear of debris, food, and such now let's disinfect them.
You have several options for disinfecting the counters. Vinegar is a great natural disinfectant. Simply put a little on a clean rag and wipe down the counters. Then take a rag with warm clean water and wipe it down again to remove any vinegar.
I have Corian countertops which are safe for vinegar but make sure it is safe for your countertops or test a small area that is not noticeable.
Another favorite is disinfectant wipes. My husband prefers this method. The wipes help rid the counters of germs left from chicken and such.
Make sure when you wipe down the counters that you wipe down the stove top and front of the oven.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN SINK
There are all kinds of kitchen sinks in the world. There are white, stainless, black, single, double bowl and the list goes on and on. But I have found my white sink to be a tell-all when it gets dirty.
Seeing the dirt so easy is a good reminder that it is time to clean the sink. So cleaning the sink is not necessarily a daily task but it is important to a safe kitchen.
Ideally, a person should clean their sink with some cleaner every evening. After the kitchen is all clean, sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom and spray it with peroxide. Give it a gentle scrub, or you can leave it for a few minutes to whiten the sink, and then rinse.
Another favorite tool I use to clean my sink is a little bit of Dawn on a Magic Eraser. Simply dab some Dawn on the Magic Eraser and start wiping down the sink moving from the top edges down until you get to the drain.
When you get to the bottom swirl the eraser around in the drain area then rinse the sink thoroughly.
Don't forget to wipe down your faucet as well. There is no telling what germs are on the faucet. If you need to replace your faucet anytime soon, I share all about the best kitchen faucets for farmhouse sinks.
All that food and who-knows-what is building up bacteria on your sink. Let me encourage you not to place anything in the sink and pick it back up for use.
For example, you're cooking something in your crock-pot right next to your sink, and you don't want to get your counter dirty, so you place the lid in your sink. Bad idea! There is no telling what bacteria is in that sink and now is on your lid.
CLEAN KITCHEN FLOORS
If your kitchen is like Grand Central Station then you may need to sweep on a daily basis. Keep a dustpan and broom, a small vacuum, or a Neato close by for a nightly kitchen floor cleaning.
We recently got a Neato robot vacuum so now every couple of nights I turn it on and let it do its job. I like to block off the kitchen so it doesn't come out and bother us while we are watching a movie and such.
DAILY KITCHEN CLEANING CHECKLIST
Now that you know the nitty-gritty on how to clean your kitchen on a daily basis here is a handy checklist you can keep nearby.
- Clear counters
- Wipe counters, range top, front, and hood, and fridge tray of any debris
- Disinfect counters, range top, front and hood, and fridge tray.
- Clean and disinfect sink
- Sweep or vacuum floors or let Neato do her work
OTHER IMPORTANT KITCHEN CLEANING TIPS
Even though these items are not on the daily cleaning task I feel it is important to check on them daily for a healthy safe clean kitchen.
Confession time! I am so guilty of forgetting to replace the water filter in my fridge. In fact, it has been so long until the red light has turned green again. I'm not sure what that means other than it's way past due.
Anyway, your refrigerator water filter is there to keep your water clean. And if you're like me you want to stay on top of that. However, because your busy and have too many irons in the fire, it is easily overlooked. But I have discovered a solution to this problem.
The good folks at Sears PartsDirect have developed a water filter subscription program. Did you know that if your filter is old, it is not removing chlorine, lead, and other contaminants? I shudder to think what my family has been drinking with this out of date filter. This is why I love this filter subscription program even more.
Now even a busy mom can have a healthy kitchen. Sears PartsDirect will ship my new filter to my front door without me having to make a trip to a store or remembering to order it.
Here is more information about a Sears PartsDirect subscription water filter program.
Here is a photo of my green light which used to be red. I cannot wait to get my first filter in the mail, so I know our system is working at its full potential.
Oh and here are tips on how to clean fridge water dispenser. You will not believe how dirty my system got in the photos.
CLEAN CUTTING BOARDS
I am an old soul at heart, and I love old things. I also like to use natural products to clean my house like using vinegar to disinfect counters and wash the tile floors.
Using natural items makes the next tip one of my favorites and that is cleaning your cutting boards.
First, ensure that you have a separate cutting board for your meat and your vegetables. A different meat and veggie board will help prevent cross-contamination from meats to vegetables.
Once you are finished cooking give your cutting boards a good cleaning with hot water, soap, and a bristle brush. The bristle brush will help get into the cuts where bacteria is hiding.
Note that it is important to wash your cutting boards immediately after you cut on them. Remember the longer anything sits on them the more time bacteria build and the harder they are to clean.
Next, squeeze some lime or lemon and salt on the surface and scrub some more then rinse again. The lemon and salt will give your boards a pleasant fresh smell and brighten them up too.
So, now you know how to clean your kitchen on a daily basis. I hope you consider trying these practices also!
- First, make it a habit every evening to remove debris, clean counters, clean the sink, and sweep floors or use Neato.
- Second, subscribe to the Sears PartsDirect filter replacement program by clicking HERE so you keep your water filter system safe
- Lastly, don't forget to keep your cutting boards separated and clean them after every use. I use small boards for veggies and a larger board for meat.
Do you have any kitchen cleaning tips you would like to share? If so please let us know in the comments.
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