10 Secrets For A Cleaner Kitchen
10 Secrets For A Cleaner Kitchen

10 Secrets For A Cleaner Kitchen

Having a kitchen that’s (almost) always clean doesn’t have to be hard.

The kitchen is one of the hardest places in your home to keep clean—it’s a gathering place for people, dirty dishes, backpacks, and food. So how do some people keep their kitchens looking pulled-together, no matter what? Hint, hint—they probably know these 10 little secrets:

1. Accomplish a little each day

Schedule a small amount of tidying each night as you're cleaning up after dinner. Break out chores by day to make it even easier (wipe down the stove on Wednesdays, toss leftovers on Sunday, etc.). This will help keep your kitchen in ship-shape, without having to clean for hours at a time.

2. Use your dishwasher

Take advantage of the many things that are dishwasher-safe. Take apart electric appliances and put the nonelectric parts in the dishwasher. Grab stove drip pans and burner covers, small refrigerator shelves, plastic drawer organizers, and Ziploc® brand containers to wash as well. Just be sure to load plastic items on the top rack.

3. Get a new perspective

As you're cleaning your kitchen, stand on a step stool or a chair and take a look around. From a higher perspective, you'll be able to see spots you might have missed or areas that need attention (like the tops of cabinets). Conversely, if you sit or kneel on the floor, you'll probably see lower cabinet doors that need washing or crumbs that should be vacuumed up.

4. Work top to bottom

When doing a deep cleaning, it makes sense to take it from the top. Start by dusting cabinet tops, then wash the doors (and wipe out cabinet interiors as needed). Move on to wiping countertops, then under-counter cabinets, and finally the floors. As you clean, dust and crumbs will fall to the floor and you'll avoid having to clean an area twice.

5. Wipe down stainless steel appliances

Stainless steel is gorgeous, but it can collect fingerprints faster than anything else in your home. Keep it looking bright with Windex® Disinfectant Cleaner Multi-Surface. Take 60 seconds to do this every evening before bed to keep your kitchen looking brand new.

6. Cover it up

Here's an easy way to keep the top of your refrigerator clean. Simply cover it with Saran™ Premium Wrap to catch dust and spills. When it's time to clean, you can remove and replace the Saran™ Wrap. Similarly, you can cover cabinet tops with Saran™ Premium Wrap. When the wrap gets dusty, simply discard and replace with a fresh layer.

7. Get creative with your cleaning tools

When sponges and cleaning brushes won't work, look for an ad-hoc tool that can help. Wrap a chopstick or pencil with a paper towel to clean crevices in an unplugged countertop grill or waffle maker, or use a retired toothbrush dipped in Bleach 5-in-1 Scrubbing Bubbles® All Purpose Cleaner with fantastik® to scrub debris from your sink drains. Finally, a plastic knife can scrape baked-on spills from the stove, or even chip away debris in the space between the stove and the countertop.

8. Take it outside

If your kitchen is small, it can be hard to maneuver when you're cleaning. Wash bulky items such as refrigerator shelves and oven racks in the bathtub or even outside. You'll have more room and you'll be less likely to splash water all over your floors.

9. Conquer the junk drawer

We all have one. A drawer that collects everything from hair bands to bills to broken crayons. Set aside 15 minutes once a month to sort through the mess and toss what you don’t need. Pack up everything else in Ziploc® brand bags and write any important info on the labels.

10. Wipe up spills right away

It seems obvious, but it's much easier to clean stains and spills while they're fresh. Even a splash of milk on the floor can turn the entire kitchen into a sticky mess once the kids or pets start tracking it around. Grab a paper towel or Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Wipes to mop up spills and drips as soon as possible.