Do you have only a few spare minutes? No worries! With our fast cleaning tips, you can clean your kitchen within as few as 15 minutes. During this short period, you can keep the kitchen as tidy as you have always wanted. Of course, 15 minutes is not enough for deep cleaning, but regular light cleanings allow you to get away from frequent deep cleaning. We recommend you to use easy to clean backsplash tiles as it is tough to withdraw stains from backsplash.
How to Clean Your Kitchen Fast
- Gather your supplies. Don’t underestimate the value of this step. Try to find cleaners, dish towels, sponges, etc. Not only is it time-saving, but it also increases the risk of distraction.
- Run a hot soapy water sink. If you have a dual sink with a trash can on one side, use the side without throwing it away. Keeping the disposal side free will let you to quickly scrape debris down the drain as you work. The water should be hot as it will cool down when you use it.
- Scrape all dishes in the trash. If you don’t have a dual sink and your disposal is jammed, scrape the dishes on a dirty plate.
- Place the dishes to soak in water. Choose the dishes that will hurt you or your dishwasher the most. Put the very dirty dishes at the bottom. Fill large dishes like pots and bowls with hot soapy water and place them on the counter to soak them.
- Load the dishwasher or wash by hand. If you don’t have a dishwasher or don’t like to use it, this washing process may take longer. If possible, take a few other people and form a chain for washing, rinsing, drying, and storing. It is also a great way to catch up with family members.
- Drain the dirty water. Scrape the food bowl into the disposer if it has been previously blocked. Then sniff your drain. Use a mixture of baking soda, table salt, and vinegar to refresh and deodorize your smelly sink.
- Wash your counter, appliances, and sink. Rinse the sponges and rags. It is not an intensive cleaning—wash visible surfaces. Do not open or scrub the microwave or clean the toaster crumbs. Clean it quickly.
- Treat your messy refrigerator. Clean and dry drawers and shelves, then install an organization system that will save you time and money.
- Withdraw stains from backsplash. Although you don’t need to clean your backsplash often, do it if you have time. Apply nail polish remover or liquid detergent and then clean it with a towel.
- Tackle the trash. If the trash is full, or the next day is a trash day, take it outside and refill the trash container, so it’s ready for collection.
How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen
With your daily 10-minute cleaning routine, you only need to thoroughly clean once a year. Include the following in your deep cleaning checklist:
- Clean appliances: this includes the dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator. The easiest way to clean a dishwasher is to run an empty cycle with a bowl of vinegar on the upper basket. If you have a self-cleaning oven, use this function. Otherwise, rub with a conventional oven cleaner. To clean the refrigerator, empty it of food, clean the shelves and drawers with hot, soapy water, and throw out expired items rather than putting them back in the refrigerator.
- Clean the counters and sink: sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and wipe the counters. Spend more time on any stained area, using small circular motions to remove discolored spots. Then sprinkle baking soda in the kitchen sink. This gentle cleanser has the capability to remove odors, stains, and food particles without harsh or abrasive chemicals.
- Clean small appliances: dismantle and clean your coffee maker, toaster, kettle, and other small household appliances regularly. You may want to do this more than once a year, depending on the degree of dirt.
- Eliminate clutter: the kitchen counter and table are often used as a dump for everything. Mail, socks, ponytails, keys, cat toys, and more can make the kitchen look clean. It is not very welcoming when a guest has to shovel trash to sit down. Clients feel relaxed when their space seems organized. Store them in a bag or box and stick them in the closet. Later, the items can be properly cared for.
- Clean the cupboards: empty your cupboards and clean the shelves. Focus on the sticky places you find. Consider lining your cabinets with shelf protectors to avoid damaging the wood. Finish by cleaning the doors and hardware.
- Clean kitchen backsplash: when you are going for deep cleaning your kitchen, you must think of backsplash. If you’re using tiles for backsplash material, you can use liquid detergent to clean dirt and stains. When stains are tough to withdraw, use nail polish remover and wipe it off with a towel.
- Clean kitchen floor: you can’t expect your guests to take off their shoes if the floor is dirty. You may be able to survive if you have crumbs on a hardwood floor, but a light surface won’t be as forgiving. Clean it up quickly with a broom or vacuum cleaner, then quickly wipe up spilled food with a damp cloth or paper towel.