Cleaning the kitchen is so full of hidden chores that it can be daunting. Every area of the kitchen presents a new challenge – the pantry, the sink, the stove, the refrigerator, the countertops. Bacteria and mold can hide all over, or even sit in plain sight on your counters and cutting boards. It makes the kitchen seem overall like the most tedious room in the house to clean, and this is true if you don’t watch out – the kitchen can sneak up on you!
Fortunately, we’re here to help. The real secret to cleaning your kitchen like a pro is to do less, not more! Read on for tips, tricks, and hacks to make it happen!
Keep Things Handy
One way to keep your kitchen sparkling is to keep everything organized. While the myriad of cooking utensils or the dreaded plastic container drawer get the most attention, even little things such as how you arrange your coffee mugs or your cleaning supplies can make a big difference. Little storage hacks, such as under sink pullouts and toekick drawers, can keep cleaning supplies both handy and out of sight. Coffee mugs don’t need precious cupboard space when they can hang from beneath the same cabinet. Having things organized means you always know where to find them, and how to get to them quickly. This also makes it faster to put them away!
It’s Not Always Garbage
So much of our garbage is bags and containers for other garbage. A great way to both minimize the space your trash takes up and contribute to a green environment is to make use of your bags and containers. Those plastic Chinese food containers can store dry goods and hobby materials, and glass Mason jars can be an adorable and decorative way to store spices or baking supplies. Grocery bags have endless uses, from smaller trash cans to bagging lunches. Just don’t fall into the trap of keeping every container you come across!
Think Outside the Kitchen
Not everything useful for cleaning and organizing a kitchen comes from the kitchen. Hidden allies can be found in the bathroom and laundry room. Dryer sheets can clean a wide selection of your pots and pans. Peroxide mixed with vinegar or baking soda can work wonders as a household cleaner. Even furnishings from other rooms can organize your kitchen in ways that make it easier to clean: shower caddies and shelves or tiered end tables can make great use of your space, so you have less to clean around.
Look Around the Kitchen, Too
You can spend a lot of money on cleaning supplies that do different things, but there is a better way. There are so many bonuses to making your own cleaning fluids. They’re natural, and many of them use edible ingredients, so they are safe for small children and pets. The ingredients are common to many functions, so you’re not buying several bottles of specialty stuff. In fact, you’ll use many of them for other things as well – vinegar, baking soda, and lemons are three great cleaning supplies that you can find right in your kitchen!
Watch Out For Hidden Spaces
There are a lot of places in the kitchen we don’t think about cleaning, even though we might use them every day. The seal to the fridge and freezer collect a lot of bacteria, and so does the reservoir of the coffee maker (where you pour the water in). Blender gaskets and rubber stops on jars and bottles should be sanitized regularly. The knobs and handles all over the kitchen collect grease and grime while the refrigerator coils and range fan collect dust. Cleaning these things reduces the spread of bacteria and mold, making your kitchen healthier as well as tidier.
The true secret to cleaning your kitchen like a pro is to stay on top of small chores before they become large projects. Why put a lot of effort and money into slaving and scrubbing when you can use some innovative shortcuts to save time and energy? Follow the tips above and have a kitchen so clean, your friends will think you hired a pro!