Simple Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

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How much time do you think you clean your kitchen every day… each week?  When you think about all the messes that happen on a daily basis, keeping on the defense of cleaning can be very time consuming.  What if I told you that there are a few tips that you could use now to spend a little time preventing dirt and messes from piling up…. and would save you a lot of time later?  Well, I am going to share some of my favorite tips to keep kitchen cleaning simple.

Countertops

  • Clean up drips from pots and pans right away on a hot stovetop. A wet sponge or dishrag is all you need!
  • Wipe up countertop spills as soon as they happen to prevent staining.
  • Only use powdered cleanser in the sink, this will help with reducing residue on counters and faucets.
  • When making a meal where you will be preparing messy foods, cover the countertop or sink with waxed paper or a piece of a brown grocery bag to catch the mess.  When you are finished, all you have to do is toss the paper and you have a clean countertop.

Refrigerator

  • Keep fresh veggies in plastic bags with wholes, that way if they go bad, you can just lift them out without a big mess. Better yet, try using these specially designed storage containers that will help keep fresh foods fresher longer. {Link to food containers on the Amazon store}
  • Line crisper drawers with paper towels.  When they need replacing, just toss the towel and swap with a new one.  This will save you lots of cleaning time.
  • To prevent the top of your fridge from grime and dusty-buildup, first clean the top of your fridge with a solution of one part ammonia and ten parts water and let stand for an hour or so.  Wipe clean.  Now, moisten the surface slightly and cover the top of the refrigerator with a piece of plastic wrap.  Next time you clean the top of your fridge, all you have to do is peal, toss and replace!  Much better than scrubbing and fighting with the grime monster!
  • Spray the egg compartment in your fridge with cooking spray so the eggs don’t stick… no more broken eggs.

Cooking

Always use your oven exhaust fan when you are cooking on top of the stove.  Use a shaker jar filled with flour handy when you are baking and need to coat a pan with flour.  This will help prevent a big mess and less waste. {Link to a shaker jar in the Amazon store}

Before you start cooking or baking, fill the sink with warm, soapy water.  While you are preparing your meal or desserts, you can toss bowls and utensils in the water and they will be rinsed and ready to wash or throw in the dishwasher.

When you are preparing a casserole or salad, make it in the serving dish to cut down on dirty dishes.

Marinate chicken or steaks in zip top bags

For more encouragement and suggestions on keeping your household in charge of your clutter and messes, read how to team up against clutter here.

 

Kathy Jenkins is a nationally recognized Certified Professional Organizer®, speaker and writer.  She is the founder of Come To Order and especially enjoys working with families to help them learn good organizational skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.  For more tips on reducing stress in your schedule, life and home, follow Kathy on Pinterest!

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