Kitchen Cleaning Tips - Daily Tasks
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1. Wash Up Dishes, Pots And Pans As You Cook
Start with a sink full of hot soapy water, and then use the time while you are waiting while cooking, like when simmering or baking, to clean up what you can.
It is amazing how doing this simple kitchen cleaning tip can cut down on the clean up after the meal.
You should also let the additional pots and pans you could not clean up before dinner soak while you are enjoying your meal so they are even easier to clean up afterwards.
2. Follow An After-Meal Routine Each Time You Eat A Meal In Your Home
Basically this kitchen cleaning tip is to make sure that after every meal you do a mini-cleanup of the kitchen to get it ready for the next time you will need to make food in it again.
This routine can be something similar to this:
Put away all uneaten food, such as leftovers, in plastic containers, or otherwise store
Put all dishes in the dishwasher or hand wash them if necessary
Run the dishwasher as soon as it becomes full
Wash all pots and pans and other items used in preparing or eating the meal
Go ahead and dry these immediately hand washed dishes and pots and put them away, or if you like for things to drip dry come back later and put them away so that you have counter space available again the next time you need to use the kitchen
Quickly wipe down the counters, kitchen table, and stove top of any big crumbs or spills
Wipe down your sink of any grease or grime it got while washing dishes and other utensils
I generally just use the sprayer to rinse it off and run the garbage disposal briefly.
Some people like to dry their sink out with a cloth, but I think that is more a matter of personal preference.
3. Empty The Dishwasher Quickly After It Is Finished
Nothing causes a back up of dirty dishes piling up in your sink faster than a dishwasher full of clean dishes that still need to be put away.
This is a great chore for kids to do, or you can do it quickly while you are waiting for other things in the kitchen, like water to boil or something to finish in the microwave.
4. Empty Kitchen Trash
Of all the trash in the house the kitchen trash is most likely to attract bugs or other pests, and also the most likely to create unpleasant odors.
Therefore, as part of your daily routine make it a habit to take out the kitchen trash.
5. Sweep The Kitchen Floor
The more small children you have (or older messy eaters) the more important this task becomes.
It is amazing to me how messy my children are sometimes, especially when they are young, and how much stuff I can sweep off the floor every single day.
Again, this is a great task to assign to children.
We gave my middle son a dust pan and little hand-held broom and he sweeps up pretty well (he started when he was about three).
6. Change Your Kitchen Towels Daily, If Not More Often
With all this advice to wipe up spills as they happen, and clean your kitchen throughout the day as you eat various meals, you can go through a lot of kitchen towels.
At a minimum change your kitchen towels daily, but I do it more frequently because they get wet and soggy, and I like to use a clean cloth for each spill I wipe up, and a new one to dry dishes, and a new one to wipe faces and/or hands, etc.
I do this so I do not cross-contaminate by using the same kitchen towel multiple times.