It’s Easier than You Think!
Between baking treats for the kiddos and cooking nightly dinners for the family, it’s easy for the kitchen to turn into a major disaster zone. “I’ll clean the kitchen tomorrow” becomes the mantra of most tired and stressed moms as they stare down their messy kitchen—but stress no more!
With this fast and easy step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to take on the task of cleaning your kitchen. Because there’s no guesswork, you’re going to save tons of time!
12 Steps to a Clean Kitchen
Tackle out-of-place items
If you have any items cluttering the kitchen that don’t belong there (e.g., toys, shoes or mail), put them back where they belong. This will give you a clean starting point!
Empty and wipe your refrigerator
Throw away (or compost!) any old food still lingering, organize all the fresh food you’re keeping and wipe down the shelves with a damp microfiber cloth.
Soak dirty dishes
Fill up your sink with hot water and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid (preferably one that’s free from chemicals like phosphates, phthalates, SLS, SLES and dyes). Then soak any dirty dishes, pots or pans so they can be cleaned more easily in Step 8.
Give your microwave some love
Grab your microfiber cloth and wipe down the inside of your microwave. This appliance is sometimes forgotten during cleaning, but tackle it in this step!
Don’t forget the stovetop!
Fold your microfiber to an unused side, then give your stovetop a good clean. Is it time to clean the inside? Preheat your oven for a few minutes then grab your (enzyme-based) oven cleaner and give it a spritz!
Dust from top to bottom
Dust cabinets, walls and light fixtures, starting with the top and working your way down to the bottom. This ensures that all the dirt and dust will be removed in one pass!
The countertops need a good scrub
Wipe them down with a clean microfiber and water.
Unload and load up the dishwasher
If you have any dishes in your dishwasher, go ahead and put them away. Drain your sink and re-load your dishwasher with the dishes you soaked in the sink in Step 3.
(Optional): Clean inside your oven
If you sprayed your oven with an enzyme-based cleaner in Step 5, now’s the time to grab your damp microfiber cloth and quickly wipe down the inside.
Sweep your floors
Go over those floors with your microfiber mop pad. Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies!
Take out the trash
There’s nothing like a clean kitchen that’s also free of odors. This is a good time to spritz an enzyme-based, odor-removing spray in your trashcan!
Reward your hard work with a treat!
We like chocolate.
What room in the house is your arch nemesis and refuses to stay clean? Share your answer with other busy moms in a comment below!
Do you forget to clean the inside of the microwave when cleaning the kitchen?