How to Have an Easy-Clean Kitchen

This quote made me laugh. Mostly because it’s spot-on with how I feel about cleaning. I don’t mind organizing stuff, but cleaning is another story. I can procrastinate like a pro.

There are two times a year when I actually don’t mind cleaning: spring and early fall. And fall is probably ranked higher. Maybe it’s my way of nesting before the cold air arrives and our family huddles inside for the next few months?

Anyway, as I was feeling the (mostly unfamiliar) need to pull out my cute rubber gloves and start scrubbing, I decided to jot down a few of my easy-clean tips.

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This post will be the first in a series of how to quickly and easily clean a few special places in our homes. For starters, I’ll focus on the heart of the home.

For me, that’s the kitchen.

I found an article in Huffington Post recently that listed the five dirtiest places in the kitchen:

  1. Refrigerator drawers
  2. Dishrags
  3. Can opener
  4. Blender
  5. Countertops/sinks

I don’t know about you, but I was shocked by this list. Dishrags and sponges, yes. I get that. In fact, I don’t really use these. But refrigerator drawers?! Eww! These items will definitely be on my tip list.

First, the supplies

Think of these as ingredients for your easy-clean kitchen recipe.

  • Rubber gloves
  • Lysol wipes
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemons
  • Spray bottle
  • Newspaper
  • Baby oil (optional)

Now, for the tips

{Dishwasher}

dishwasher-cleaner

This one is probably the easiest, so we’ll start here. Pour ½ cup of vinegar in the detergent cup and run the (empty) machine for a full cycle. Then move on to that dirty fridge. Lol!

{Refrigerator}

lysol-wipes

Toss any old food and wipe down the inside of the fridge – especially the meat and cheese drawer handles (just read that Huff Post article!) I really like Lysol wipes for this job so I know I’m truly disinfecting things.

Next, close the fridge, grab a fresh wipe and clean the outside handles.

{Can Opener}

can-opener

I have a handheld opener, so I’ll just drop it into the dishwasher. Otherwise, I’d wipe this down with Lysol, as well.

{Blender}

blender

Wipe down the entire base, including the buttons. I think the nastiest place is down inside the center – where the container goes. I’ll wipe that area the best.

{Counter and Stove Tops}

counter-spray

We have granite countertops, which is porous, so I use ½ cup baking soda with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle to clean and sanitize. I’ve heard equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide also does the trick.

For my glass top stove, I’ll just clean it like my countertops with the baking soda/water spray.

{Oven}

oven-cleaner

Sometimes I’ll use the self-cleaning function, but I don’t always have time to babysit while it cooks. I feel weird having it on while I’m away. So…I’ll make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub the bottom of the oven.

To get the tougher “gunk,” I’ll add a few drops of vinegar to get it to fizz and loosen any debris.

{Microwave}

microwave-cleaner

The microwave is another “fix-it-and-forget-it” kind of chore. Fill a bowl with ½ cup water and ½ lemon (squeezed into the water). Microwave for 3 min. Let sit for 5 min for the steam to do its trick. Then open and wipe clean. Voila!

{Kitchen Sink}

sink-cleaner

While the microwave is doing its thing, I’ll take the other half of lemon and use it to scrub my sink.

First I’ll generously sprinkle baking soda around the sink. Then I’ll use the lemon like a scrubber. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with fresh water.

{Trashcan}

trashcan

I can’t believe this didn’t make the top five list of dirtiest spots in a kitchen. Regardless, I’ll clean the exterior really well with a Lysol wipe.

After I take out the trash, I’ll line the bottom of the can with fresh newspaper and sprinkle some baking soda on top to absorb any odors. You know I can’t do weird smells. #gag

{Stainless Steel Surfaces}

stainless-steel-cleaner

If I’m not totally out of time or energy, I’ll put a few drops of baby oil on a cloth and wipe away all of the germy fingerprints.

If you want this list in a handy, dandy printout, you can download it here!

That’s all for now. Stop back tomorrow for five tips on sprucing up your house specifically for fall.

XoXo,

Kate

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