The kitchen seems to be our gathering place every day from cooking a big meal to emptying backpacks, which means it usually needs the most attention. I find that spring cleaning is a great time to hit the reset button and get the kitchen clean and organized.
I like to clean the kitchen at the end of the day, this way I start the day off in a tidy space with my coffee ready to enjoy! Here are my five tips to creating a kitchen cleanup routine.
Everything Has A Home
To me, a spotless kitchen means no clutter, clean countertops, and an empty sink. To achieve this, everything needs a home from the spatula you use daily to your mixing bowls. Clearing off the counters and keeping things orderly will give you a serene space so you can start the day off right.
Keep Extra Supplies on Hand
I’ve got into the habit of keeping extra supplies stored in the kitchen. I’ve learned the hard way that if you don’t have additional paper towel on hand when a disaster hits, you will never get ahead of the problem. Under the sink you’ll find a stash of the following extra supplies:
- Garbage bags
- DIY all-purpose cleaner
- Paper Towel
- Dish Soap
- Dishwasher Tabs
- Affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner, found at all major grocery retailers
- A basket for recycling
- A garbage bin
- Extra cleaning cloths
Kitchen Odds and Ends
A few things I like to clean once a week are the coffee pot, utensil holder, knobs off the oven and kitchen sponges. You can quickly disinfect these items using your dishwasher, and while you’re at it, deep clean the dishwasher too! All it takes is one affresh® Dishwasher tablet, and it will deep clean it while you disinfect your odds and ends. I honestly never think of deep cleaning the dishwasher but it does need some extra attention too because we use it daily.
I noticed a big difference on the buildup around the drain plus it made the stainless shine like it was new again. Affresh® Dishwasher cleaner powers away hard water and mineral deposits to keep your machine working its best. The best part? It is safe to use on your dishware so you don’t have to run an empty load just to clean the dishwasher.
Baskets or Bins
I can’t tell you how many times I find socks on the kitchen bench or toys laying on the floor. I keep a basket on the table, so anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen gets put in there and then emptied every night. Baskets also work perfectly for organizing the fridge, pantry and even cleaning supplies under the sink.
Once you’ve done the deep spring cleaning of the kitchen, implementing a cleaning list is a great way to stay on top of things. I keep ours on the fridge and that way everyone can help keep the hub of the home neat and tidy.
Once you get into the routine your kitchen cleanup will be quick and easy!
What’s your best kitchen cleaning tip?
Spring Cleaning affresh Giveaway
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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.