Daily Kitchen Cleaning Routine: A kitchen is like a newborn baby. It requires constant attention. The reason is we are always using our kitchen. It’s the heart of the home. We’re cooking in it. We’re hanging out in it. I’m looking around my kitchen right now. There is like so much going on. There’s old food. There’s frying pans. There’s dirt. There’s dust. There’s remnants from whatever I cooked. There’s dishes that need to be tended to. This kitchen gets messy no matter how much we clean it. Many of you have asked me for my kitchen cleaning routine, something that I can show you that I do, which helps manage my kitchen on a day-to-day basis. I am glad to share it with you. And the frustrating thing about a kitchen routine is it feels like if you let your kitchen go, even for one day, it can feel so overwhelming and out of control. So I’m going to show you what I do to keep it simple, to keep it quick, and of course to keep my kitchen looking in tip-top shape with minimal effort. Okay. Let’s get to it. Every morning, while making coffee or tea, empty your dishwasher. A dishwasher should be filled up with items from the night before, ran overnight, and emptied in the morning for a new start to the day. If you don’t have a dishwasher, place all items in your drying rack away where they belong. It takes me about four minutes to unload a dishwasher.
You can certainly spare that while you’re waiting for your coffee. Wipe your counters and table down after breakfast, and finish off by placing any dishes in the dishwasher. Or hand-washing and placing them on a drying rack, and rinsing and shining your sink before you go. When everyone gets home from work or school, the rule needs to be that you empty all garbage and containers, and place anything that’s dishwasher-able into the dishwasher. Or you hand-wash your containers right then and there. Don’t leave anything out because it will pile up. I can’t even begin to cook dinner unless my kitchen is clean, and that really does require clean counters and a dishwasher that is ready to be loaded. So that being said, once dinner has been prepared, place all your dishes into the dishwasher or hand-wash them, as well as pots and pans. Now, if something needs to be soaked, like a heavy-duty dirty casserole, soak it while you’re eating so that it’s got time, and when you’re done eating you can clean it easily. Set your dishwasher to run overnight, because that’ll help you save on energy and water costs. If you don’t have enough dishes, just leave it until you do have enough to run a full cycle. Use a cloth and all-purpose disinfecting spray to clean your counters down. You can also do a spot check for fingerprints on doorknobs and cover fronts. This goes for appliances too, since they can easily get printed up. Make sure you include your stove top in the wipe-down as well.
Empty your garbage, take out the recycling, and replace liners as required. This will help manage odors. Keeping your counters clutter-free is really important in maintaining your kitchen. So put everything back in its rightful place. Make sure that your countertop has everything neatly organized. A little trick I like to do is line everything up parallel and perpendicular to the edge of the counter. That way it looks super-clean. Spray your sink down with an all-purpose cleaner and sprinkle in an abrasive cleaner like baking soda. Scrub it with a soft sponge, rinse it, and shine it. Remove any debris at the bottom of the sink. To put the finishing touch on your kitchen, all you need to do is straighten up any tea towels, refill paper towels, and do a super-fast sweep of the floor if needed. Make sure your kitchen is ready to greet you bright and early tomorrow morning. What I reviewed was just a guideline. It’s designed to sort of help you figure out what you need to do in your kitchen each day. But if you skip a day, or you don’t do everything perfectly or exactly the way I showed you, that’s okay. The important part is that you just do something and if you forget to do it one day, don’t beat yourself up. Just pick up and start the next day. The question I get asked in every routine video is, “How do I get my so and so to help me clean as well?” So if no one is willing to help you, but you really want a clean kitchen, I would just encourage you to do it anyway. It’s going to benefit you in the long run, because you’re going to feel better about your kitchen, and you get the added benefit of feeling good about yourself because you contributed to making a beautiful space. That’s got to be worth it. It might feel a little bit cumbersome at first to get into the groove of this routine, but I promise if you put it to the test, feel things out and adjust it based on what you need, it’ll start to feel very natural and you will actually be so happy that you’re doing it because the results are well worth it.
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