Aside from the bathroom, your kitchen is likely the most used space in your home.
It’s also the most likely space to harbor bacteria like E. Coli and salmonella.
Considering it’s where you start your day, invite your guests, and create nourishing meals for yourself, you should make a plan to keep your kitchen clean, organized, and aesthetic.
Keep reading to find out the top 10 kitchen cleaning tips to keep you safe and full of culinary inspiration.
1. Always Clean From Top to Bottom
There’s nothing worse than sweeping your floors and realizing you forgot to wipe the counters first.
To save time and energy, always start cleaning at the top of your kitchen and work your way down. Start with dusting shelves and on top of the fridge, then wipe down cabinets and handles, clean the dishes, sink, and counter, and finally finish with the floors.
This prevents you from having to re-clean things as dust, food bits, and the likes fall from above.
If you can only clean a handful of things regularly, let them be these 8 zones:
- Counters, handles, light switches
- Faucet, sink
- Towels, sponges
- Drapes, rugs
- Reusable grocery and lunch bags
It seems like a lot, but these areas tend to harbor the most bacteria and grime. Yes, electronics includes your cell phone if you use it for recipes.
2. Clean As You Cook
The best way to keep your kitchen tidy is to clean as you’re doing things. If you’re waiting for water to boil, give the dishes in your sink a once over before popping them into the dishwasher.
When you’re waiting for your delights to bake, wipe up spills on the counter and presoak dishes in soapy water.
This keeps your kitchen feeling good while you’re in it. Plus, if you’re efficient, you may only have your dinner plates to clean after you eat.
3. Practice Immediacy
Cleaning as you cook is an immediacy practice. With that mindset of dealing with tasks as they come up, you can keep messes from building up in your kitchen.
A few good practices are to clean before you cook, keep your sink clear, and immediately wash dishes after you use them.
By having a sense of urgency, you can avoid the procrastination that ultimately leads to a disorderly kitchen.
4. Keep Clean Areas Clean
Expert cleaning company, Sweeping Hands advises that aside from spot cleaning counters, you should aim to always keep your sink clean.
It’s the space where you wash and sanitize dishes, so you should hold it to the highest cleanliness standard you have. Be sure to use a kitchen cleaner that’s safe for the type of sink you have, whether it’s stainless, ceramic, or something else.
That way, you can keep it clean while allowing it to last as long as possible.
To keep your drain and disposal clean, run soapy water through it after each use. Throw a citrus peel into your disposal for extra zest.
5. Remember to Switch Your Sponge
The same principles with the sink apply to your sponges and rags. After all, these cleaning tools touch anything and everything in your kitchen. Yuck.
You’ll find that some websites suggest microwaving your sponge to “disinfect” it. Research on this topic is mixed, so it’s best to replace it regularly instead.
Give your sponges a good bleach treatment regularly and invest in a chic caddy where you can put them after use. Keeping your sponges and rags dry will decrease the number of bacteria trying to reside in them, plus it will keep them smelling fresh.
6. Become a Compost Creature
Between 30 to 40% of all food in the U.S. becomes waste. By composting this waste, you’re diverting it from the landfill and allowing it to decompose into a life-supporting material once more.
Use a contemporary compost bowl while you’re cooking. That way, you can collect scraps while also avoiding unnecessary messes from food particles touching your counter and sink drain.
After you’re done cooking, put them in either your city compost receptacle or in an outside bin to donate to a local farmer. While doing an environmental good, you’re also keeping your trash can from becoming unnecessarily stinky.
7. Don’t Ignore Appliances
Cleaning appliances isn’t as easy to remember as wiping down counters.
Still, it’s an important part of making your kitchen look and feel clean. You can use vinegar, baking soda, and soap for most of your kitchen cleaning supplies.
For the bigger equipment like vents and hoods above your stove, find professional hood cleaning services. These jobs tend to take more time and precision to keep your kitchen safe.
8. Organize for Aesthetics and Efficiency
Don’t waste time looking for that one cleaner or your potato smasher. Create an organized system so that you can easily track down what you’re looking for when you need it.
By having organized drawers and cabinets, you’re also avoiding giant piles of kitchenware accumulating behind closed doors. When that happens, dirt and grime tend to hide with them, too.
The more surfaces you can see, the more you can keep clean on a regular basis.
9. Declutter Your Counters
The same principle goes for counters, although it’s tempting to keep everything out in a convenient place.
Consider only leaving out a few essentials on your countertops. This could be your coffeemaker, blender, and whatever else you use multiple times a day.
Try to limit what’s out, as it takes away from your cooking space and creates more areas where messes can hide.
10. Schedule a Deep-Dive
Don’t leave all of your deep cleaning for the beginning of spring.
Instead, spread out your deep-dive tasks throughout the week. One day you could clean greasy cabinets, the next you could scrub your oven.
By dividing your tasks during the week when it makes sense for you, you’re less likely to forget important maintenance and cleaning to-dos. For example, if you get in the habit of cleaning out your fridge before you go shopping on Sundays, you can get rid of old food and make a note of what’s still usable.
Have Fun With These Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Now that you’re motivated to use these kitchen cleaning tips, put on your favorite tunes and get to scrubbing.
Remember to work smarter, not harder. Practice immediacy, organize your space, and keep up with your cleaning schedule so that tasks don’t accumulate.
Keep reading our blog for more tips to improve your home.