Kitchen cleaning tips

When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, I'm definitely more of a "clean as you go" kind of person. It literally only takes minutes each day to wipe down stains and surfaces, and the best part is, I get to enjoy a clean kitchen with sparkling appliances, which makes cooking and baking an absolute joy. Read on for my tips if you're interested...
Sink - A quick wipe down of the sink after every use keeps the water stains off. It literally only takes two seconds to do and more importantly it motivates me to keep the rest of the kitchen clean and uncluttered.

Dishwasher - Almost all my dirty dishes go in the dishwasher, as I find that to be more water and energy efficient than washing by hand. I use an all-in-one dishwashing detergent with a rinse aid so my dishes come out clean, dry and without any spotting.
Stovetop, microwave and oven - I find the best way to clean these appliances is to wipe it out with a damp cloth as soon as I notice food stains., rather than having to scrub stains off when they have hardened and caked. When using the microwave, I find it handy to use a microwave-safe lid over the bowl of food to prevent food from splattering.

Shelves and surfaces - Kitchen shelves and surfaces require much more than just a general dusting as it actually a magnet for grease, grime and other residue from cooking so I like to give exposed surfaces a quick daily wipe down so the dirt doesn't accumulate.

Dish cloth, sponge and brush - Bacteria will grow on anything warm and moist so all three are considered perfect breeding ground (lovely - not!), I wash my dish cloths together with the rest of my washing and air dry them in the sun. As for the sponge and brush, I simply place them in the dishwasher with the rest of my dishes everyday when I run it.

Do you have any kitchen cleaning tips of your own to share too?

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12 Responses to Kitchen cleaning tips

rooth said...

I have this paranoia with the top of my fridge getting dusty / dirty so I wipe it down regularly. I know no one can see it but I'll know it's there

Ananka said...

You have a nice kitchen :-) Good tips :-)

burntfeather said...

I definitely need to invest in a microwave safe lid! I read somewhere about popping your kitchen sponges into the microwave and blasting them for a minute to kill germs - don't know how scientific that is but it's a habit I've gotten into :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I like the tip about putting the sponge in the dishwasher :)

jo said...

These are some really good tips, Trishie! I'm so bad with cleaning the kitchen, this helps tremendously.

xo Jo

http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

Lady of the Manor said...

Great tips! It's so easy and fast to clean as you go.

Sharon D said...

Great tips. I love how neat your kitchen is. I have so many things going on in mine ..lol! Oh, and I cannot help but notice that you have Neil Perry's 'Balance & Harmony - Asian Food'. I have that one and love it so much, can't tell if it's because of the recipes inside or because I'm a sucker for flowery book covers ...hah.

Ice Pandora said...

Great tips Trishie! Thank you c:
I also clean my sink with boiling
hot water + vinegar and scrub it
with a metal sponge c; Xx
Ice Pandora

Brandi said...

Great tips! I'm a clean-as-you-go type of person too. Sure wish my husband was! LOL

Kati said...

Wow, your kitchen looks lovely and spotless.
Great job!

-Kati
http://almoststylish.blogspot.de/

Rose said...

I also a clean as I go person. Cannot stand stains on kitchen top and leave unwashed dishes around for so long. You have a nice and clean kitchen.

kidgranny said...

Great tips, Trishie! I also like to clean my microwave with vinegar, water, and lemons!