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Your kitchen is kinda like the nerve center of your entire house. It’s where your family gathers to enjoy meals, have meaningful conversations, and where you enjoy your first cup of coffee in the morning. But somehow it’s also become the place where you spend your evenings’ cleaning, while the rest of your family is in the living room having a good time.
Cleaning the kitchen doesn’t have to be a daunting, time-consuming task. The secret to getting it done in 15 minutes is good preparation and a good cleaning routine.
Use this speed clean your kitchen checklist and follow my routine and you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes. This list isn’t for deep cleaning the kitchen like washing the appliances, but it works perfectly for keeping your kitchen clean on a daily basis. Start with number one and work your way through the process.
Follow these tips to speed clean your kitchen and you’ll have a clean kitchen in no time, so you can get in on all the fun with your family!
How To Speed Clean The Kitchen When You Only Have 15 Minutes
Gather Your Supplies
Don’t underestimate the value of having your supplies in order. Trying to find cleansers, sponges, cloths, etc. will not only eat up your precious cleaning time, but you’ll risk getting distracted and start a new task instead of finishing the one you just started.
Keep your favorite cleaning tools and cleaners in a caddy under your kitchen sink so you can grab them and clean anytime. Here are a few things that are good to have in your cleaning caddy:
- Kitchen sink scrub
- Scrub brush
- All-purpose cleaner
- Disinfecting cleaner
- Stainless steel cleaner
- Microfiber Cloths
- Bar mop towels
- Dish soap
Tackle The Dirty Dishes
If you have a dishwasher, then unload It and put the dishes away. It will only take 3-5 minutes so there’s no point in procrastinating on this one. If you have dishes on the counter or sink, load them in the empty dishwasher.
If you don’t have a dishwasher or prefer to do the dishes by hand, then start by putting your dirty pots and pans in water to soak to make it easier to clean. If your pots and pans don’t fit in the sink, they can be filled with hot soapy water and be left to soak on the counter.
Leave your dirty dishes to soak in water for a few minutes while you take care of the next task. Then come back and give them a good but quick scrub! The process of washing dishes by hand will take some time. Ask your kids to help rinse, dry and put away the dishes make the process go faster.
Declutter And Throw Away Trash
Collect anything off the counters and kitchen table that doesn’t belong there. Don’t put away the things right now, just put them out of your kitchen right now. If you start putting every item back where they belong, chances are you’ll get sidetracked!
Throw away any trash you find on your countertops, floor, and kitchen table. If your kitchen is overcrowded with clutter, this step will take some time, but you’ll be able to make a big difference by clearing out any surface-level trash like old coupons, takeout bags and anything else that’s lying around your countertops. If the trash is full, take the trash outside and re-line the trash container so that it is ready for trash day.
Wipe Down Surfaces
Spray down the counters, kitchen table, and stovetop and wipe clean with a cloth or sponge. Wipe away any residual food, dust or suspicious spots with your cleaning product of choice and a paper towel or soft cloth. Do this every day and you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to clean your stove top when you do your weekly clean!
Finish this step off by giving your sink a little scrub and get it ready for the next day. Don’t skip this step. You can’t turn something that has been ignored for a long time look brand new again in a matter of minutes.
Quick Sweep Or Vacuum
If your floors need to be swept or vacuumed, then give your floor a quick sweep but only concentrate on high traffic areas, corners, and visible dirt.
Put Out Fresh Towels
Finally, your kitchen is clean! Put out some fresh towels as you’re making your final sweep! The towel is dirtier than you think and a clean towel will be the finishing touch to your spotless kitchen.
That’s it! Start putting this quick routine into practice every night and your kitchen will be so much easier to keep clean.
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A stay at home mom of two whose goal is to help you make every day a good day. She shares practical solutions and more efficient ways of doing things so we can stop struggling with our homes and spend time on the things that count!