10 Tips To Easily Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It is the gathering place of meals, family, and memories. However, it can also display disorder, uncleanliness, and mounds of dirty dishes, spills, and more. At times like that, the kitchen is no longer a welcoming inviting location. In fact, it is more likely the place you want to run and hide from.
But today, we are going to share 10 tips to easily keep your kitchen clean. Tips that are easy, and quick. If you just get in the habit of doing these little steps on a continous basis, your kitchen will once again become the heartbeat of your home.
These tips are not necessarly in any particular order of importance. Someone might put #5 as their first priority, whereas, you might think item #9 should be the #1 item. So, take this list and arrange it in the way that best works for you, for your time, space, and peace of mind. There is no need to be stressed out by keeping your kitchen clean.
Let’s get started by EMPOWERING you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE in your kitchen.
10. Wipe Up Spills As They Happen
Have a dishcloth or paper towels always handy. It takes less time to clean up a spill of any kind, whether it is spilt milk, or a pot boiling over on the stove, if you clean it up as it happens. Why wait to clean it up when it has already dried and hardened? That just involves more of your precious time to soak, scrub it, and bring out the heavy duty cleaners. We are all about simplifying life’s chores so you can enjoy life more. A clean counter or stove top always makes the room look cleaner.
9. Reduce The Number Of Dishes In Your Cupboards
Simplifying life can also mean decluttering. And if you HATE doing the dishes, then pay close attention to this one!
I admit there was a time in my life that I struggled keeping my dishes washed. My sink and countertops would be over flowing with dirty, and sometimes, yes, gross moldy growing glasses, dishes, pots and pans.
When I became a single mom of 3 small children, I looked for ways to reduce the stress in my life. One area I tackled was my kitchen. I knew I had an issue doing the dishes, so I started clearing them out of my cupboard and donating them to a local charity.
I purposely reduced our plate set to a set of 4. There were only four of us in the family now. This forced me to wash up after dinner every day. This accomplished several things.
- There were bowls for breakfast, small plates for lunch sandwiches, and dinner plates for supper
- Dishes had to be washed and put away daily
- Counters and Stove Top were wiped down daily
- I awoke to a clean kitchen every morning—it helped break my depression to see this one cheery, clean spot in my home.
So, I challenge you, is your kitchen depressing you because there is too much in it to clean? Then declutter and simplify. This will certainly make keeping it clean, easier.
8. Sweep The Floor Daily
Whether you have a broom and dustpan, dust mop or a Swiffer, use it daily. A quick wipe across the floor to pick up food debris, pet hair, and more, will keep your kitchen looking clean and refreshed. It also will help keep a variety of pesky insects and rodents under control too.
You work hard to prepare meals for your family, not every ant, cockroach, beetle, or mouse. Get the picture?
Quickly sweeping the floor takes just a moment and makes the floor look great. Don’t stop there, actually sweep it into the dustpan and then dispose of the debris. I’ve seen some people just sweep and leave the debris in a pile. All that pile of debris does is encourage the insects, and rodents, not to mention the pets and kids who are going to walk right through it. Before you know it, it is all kicked all over the floor again.
So, sweep up the debris and dispose of it in the garbage can or compost bin. I always try to put it in the compost bin unless there is other forms of garbage that can’t be composted. In that case, I just put it in the garbage can.
7. Separate And Keep The Trash From Overflowing
Keeping the trash situation under control is necessary for cleanliness and more. Again the issues of insects and rodents need to be controlled, as well as mold. All members of the family can quickly learn to put various forms of garbage in its proper place. If they learn to clean up and put garbage away, it will also make life in the kitchen easier for you.
In our community we are fortunate to have:
- a 2-stream recycling program,
- and then regular garbage.
- We even have an additional Hazardous Waste Management program for items such as batteries, cleaners, paints and more.
- Additionally, we, personally, separate our metals to sell to a local scrap metal dealer
In our kitchen, we have a small Kitchen Compost Bin, which we line with biodegradable bags. When this becomes full, we remove the full liner and place it in the larger compost bin outside. Curbside Compost pick up is every week. So we never have the Compost materials around for very long.
We have a typical, step on lift lid garbage can that we use with small grocery bags to put regular garbage items into such as broken dishes and such. That is removed when full, tied up and put into the large garbage can we store outside.
Finally we have 2 plastic bins to separate the recycling. One container is for the papers, cardboard, and tetra pak items. The other bin is for plastics, glass, and metal. However, we don’t include the metals, as we save and sell those to a local scrap metal company ourselves.
So for the metals, I have 3 additional containers with lids. One is for aluminum pop cans, and another is for all other forms of aluminum such as foil, pie plates, cat food cans and the like. It has to be separated as the pop cans are a higher paying grade of aluminum.
The last container is for all the other small metal items such as jar lids, tuna cans, or whatever. As these, even with rinsing, may still contain food particles, and they don’t get emptied weekly like the garbage, compost and recycle bins, I use tote style bins with lids. That way they don’t smell and the rodents and insects can’t get at them.
6. Scrape Food Particles Off Dishes
Another way to help keep your kitchen cleaner, even if you only wash dishes 2-3 times a week, is to scrape the plates. Scrape the leftover food particles or grease off the plates into the compost bin. Then stack the dishes neatly until you need to wash them. Don’t just haphazard toss them in the sink or all over the counter. Remove the knives and forks off of them and put them in a pile, then the plates will stack neatly.
Scraping the plates also discourages the insect and rodent activity. Removing the food particles also means that as the plate surface dries, it won’t harden the food particles into place. All that does is cause you to have to work harder by scrubbing when you do wash the dishes.
Who wants to work harder than they have to? I don’t. And stacking the dishes neatly, even when dirty, will help keep a clean appearance about your kitchen.
5. Never Pour Grease Or Cooking Oils Down The Drain
Be careful what you pour down the kitchen sink. Oils and grease will just come back to cause you big trouble later. After time, most grease and oils will solidify. Imagine that oil and grease turning solid inside your drain pipe somewhere. How do you unclog that?!
Well, you can use products such as Drano, drain snakes, or call the plumber. However, let’s try our best not to cause a problem in the plumbing in the first place.
I pour my cooking oils, when cooled down obviously, into my compost bin. Other people keep an empty coffee jar or the such with a lid to fill up. Then when full they just dispose of in the regular garbage. Another option with cooking grease such as bacon grease is to pour into a small mason jar with a lid and use for baking. MMM, bacon grease can be used for making pie crusts for meat pies, or in Cheddar and Bacon Biscuits, or more. Why waste this FREE food source?
4. Quick Rinse Drinking Glasses
One item that can cause difficulty when it comes time to wash the dishes, are the drinking glasses. Especially if dried up milk or sticky pop syrups are on the bottom. An excellent, yet easy way to prevent this gooey residue is that every time a glass is taken to the kitchen to put in the dirty dish pile is to quickly rinse it with water. Now, however, as you’ve gathered up dishes left in the living room and you’ve discovered it’s too late—don’t panic.
Just put less than ¼ inch of water in the bottom of the glass and place the glass on the counter. Next time you go to wash the dishes, you will discover that a quick swish around and the goo on the bottom is lifted. Making cleaning your drinking glasses a breeze.
3. Don’t Leave Uneaten Food On The Counter
After a meal is completed and everyone is done eating, take 2 minutes and put opened foods away. Milk will spoil if left out, and it costs too much to have it curdle in your cereal bowl tomorrow morning. Keep the risk of food poisoning to a minimum by putting meats, cooked or raw, in the refrigerator as soon as you can. Even leftover vegetables, get them into a covered bowl and put in the fridge. Plus, who wants to see all those bowls, pots, and pans with last night’s dried up macaroni noodles, and fuzzy meat sauce growing out of the top?
Not only are you causing a food poisoning health hazard in your kitchen, once again, you are encouraging uninvited guests of insects and rodents to join your family in the kitchen. Don’t put out that welcome mat to the critters.
As well, cleaning out those containers and storing food in the refrigerator will make cleaning those pots and pans so much easier to accomplish. You will quickly discover if a burned pot needs a quick squirt of dishsoap and some water on the bottom and have it sit until dishwashing time. It will be a breeze to clean then.
2. Once A Week, Clean Out The Fridge
This is a great habit to get into the night before garbage day. Not only will you get the rotting food or past date items out of your fridge, they will be gone to the dump or compost the next day. This is also a great time to make a quick grocery list also.
So out with the old, and make a list of what is needed. Tackling two tasks at once. I love it when one job simplifies another job.
1. Wash The Dishes When You Have Enough
I still struggle sometimes with doing the dishes, but my attitude about it is a lot better. Now I wash the dishes 2-3 times a week, depending on the size of the pile. To save the most money, I wait until there is enough dirty dishes to be 4-5 full sink fulls of dishes and such.
I have found that 4-5 sink fulls is the best use of my time, and resources. This is the most economical way to approach the dishes. If I wait until there is a bigger pile, then the water gets too cold and grungy. That just means that I have to fill the sink a second time.
Four to five sink fulls of dirty dishes can be washed, dried and put away in 30 minutes or less.
So this list now brings us full circle, back to item number 10. Wipe the counters and stove top.
There you have it! The 10 Tips To Easily Keep Your Kitchen Clean. Whether you do this list in this order or mix it up, you will find that doing these 10 simple tips will have your kitchen looking cleaner, refreshed, and becoming the heart hub spot of your home.
Use these tips to be EMPOWERED towards your HOPE and a FUTURE today!