The kitchen can feel like it will never stay clean! Dishes pile up in the sink again. Counters get dirty again. Drinks spill again. The list goes on. Your to-do list gets longer and longer. You start to get stressed.
Making sure your kitchen stays clean will not only make it easier to cook but also safer for you and your family’s health. It will also help you save money as you will be able to find and use what is already in your cabinets, pantry, and refrigerator, rather than never finding it until it has already expired. That’s why it’s important to regularly clean your kitchen and keep everything organized. Here are eight tips to help you do just that! And, if you want to take some chores off of your plate, you can also hire us, Simply Maid OK, a residential cleaning service, to keep your kitchen and living space spotless!
1) Keep Your Cupboards Tidy
Kitchen cupboards are notorious for getting messy, with items piling up and not being organized. To keep your kitchen clean, remove all of your dishes from your cupboards and go through them, one by one to decide what you want to keep. You can donate any extras or upcycle anything that does not get used in your kitchen.
Now that everything is out of the cupboards, you can easily wipe down your cabinets from any dust or debris. Consider adding cabinet liners to keep both the surfaces and the dishes clean. It will be much easier to keep the cabinets clean and tidy with less clutter!
2) Clean As You Go
When cooking, be sure to clean as you go. Keeping your kitchen clean when you’re preparing meals and cleaning immediately afterward is one of the best ways to avoid a stressful kitchen mess later on. This simple habit can have a huge impact on how clean your kitchen looks at any given time.
Stop creating more work for yourself! Simply wash your dishes after each meal, wipe down surfaces immediately after use and take out all trash as soon as it accumulates. By cleaning as you go, you can destress the cleaning process and stay on top of keeping a clean kitchen.
3) Organize Your Pantry
Don’t let your pantry become a wasteland of empty bags and crumpled boxes! Keep it organized by adding labels and storing food in clear and labeled containers. We also recommend investing in shelving and baskets. You can get these added in by outsourcing a handyman or even do it yourself! This will help you to know what foods you have on hand and prevent overbuying or wasting, as well.
4) Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
If you find mold and mildew in your kitchen, it is more than unappealing; it can also mean trouble for your health. There are all sorts of cleaning products used to clean and disinfect kitchens, but if you need a quick fix before heading off to buy cleaning supplies, head over to your pantry and grab some vinegar. A spray bottle full of vinegar can help fight off most mold and mildew hiding in corners and crevices and prevent it from returning.
Be sure to use gloves, masks, and proper procedures when handling mold. This would also be a great time to consult professional cleaners like us!
5) Declutter Your Drawers
Decluttering your drawers is also a good idea. Clear out all of your drawers so you can start fresh and know where all of your kitchen utensils are. This will also make it easier for you to clean them later on, as they’ll be organized. If there’s anything that isn’t used regularly, consider donating it. Also, consider throwing away any damaged or worn utensils.
Cleaning out your kitchen drawers will also make cooking easier. You’ll know where everything is, and you won’t have to hunt for a spatula or a whisk. It can be hard to find things when you don’t have a system in place, so cleaning out your kitchen drawers is an important first step.
Invest in drawer organizers. Some for utensils, some for spices. We love a good spice rack, but you can also set up an organized spice cabinet.
6) Clean Out the Refrigerator
Before you can clean your kitchen, you first need to figure out what you have in it. Take an inventory of all food items in your refrigerator. You may be surprised at how much is inside! Be sure to check expiration dates and best-by dates on all food items. Throw out any expired food and organize the fresh food remaining.
Once you’ve cleaned out your refrigerator, scrub it down. Wipe down all of the refrigerator shelves and walls. Take out any removable shelves and wash them with warm soap and water. Don’t forget to clean out the refrigerator door and its shelves, too! Then, let dry and put everything back in its place. Reorganize if necessary!
7) Invest in Mats.
Using a kitchen mat under the sink and dishwasher, as well as under the stove, would be a great idea. This will prevent damage to your flooring and protect your wood, tiles, and so on. You can also use this as a way to decorate and spruce up your kitchen to make it somewhere you enjoy spending time!
8) Prevent Clutter From Building Up Again
It’s important to keep up with regular cleaning and maintenance in order to prevent clutter from building up again. By spending a little time each day cleaning the kitchen, you can maintain the cleanliness day after day. Set up a routine, like five minutes after each meal or 10 minutes every night. Enlist the help of your family or your kids to keep up with the kitchen cleaning or make a fun game out of it! Sharing chores or doing them together always makes it more enjoyable!
Hire An Exceptional Cleaning Service
Hiring a cleaning service can take the stress of maintaining a clean kitchen off of your hands. Even if you consider yourself a great cleaner, it’s easy to let things slip when you have so many other responsibilities in life. If you’re looking for an easier way to keep your kitchen spotless, look into hiring an exceptional cleaning service that will do all of the hard work for you!
Simply Maid OK will keep your kitchen and your home both organized and clean! Our services include residential cleaning services, move-in and move-out cleanings, and more. Our cleaning professionals will be able to answer any questions you may have about how we can help with your specific needs or concerns. We will leave you and your space feeling clean and refreshed. Call us at 1-918-770-6346 or email at info@SimplyMaidOK.com to schedule an appointment today!