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How to Clean the Kitchen in About 30 Minutes!

How to Clean the Kitchen in About 30 Minutes!

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Having a clean kitchen is important because it makes cooking safer and more fun. Cleaning the kitchen can be a daunting task, but we know how to make it quick and easy. We’ll discuss how often to clean the kitchen, what supplies to use, and specific techniques for cleaning the fridge, microwave and other small appliances, sink, floors, cabinets, counters, backsplash, etc..

You should wipe up after yourself in the kitchen every day. The place you prepare and consume your food is no place for spills and crumbs that can attract bacteria and pests. This article focuses on how you should be cleaning your kitchen every week. You should do a deeper cleaning once a quarter, or so. Being diligent with your daily and weekly kitchen cleaning will keep this process quick and easy, as it will prevent dirt and grime from building up and becoming more difficult to clean.  

Gather your cleaning solutions and supplies, and let’s HIT IT! (For help on choosing cleaners and supplies, check out our blog titled Clean the Kitchen Without Harsh Chemicals.)

Photo of a gloved hand wiping an empty refrigerator shelf with a microfiber cloth. This image represents cleaning the fridge.

Clean the Fridge

With a magic eraser (or microfiber, if you have a stainless steel fridge) and your cleaner of choice, spray and wipe down the top, front, sides, and handle of your fridge. Next throw away old food. Finally wipe up any spills or dirt that accumulated inside the fridge over the week. Make sure you’re checking the door storage and the drawers, as well as the fridge shelves. No matter how clean the rest of the kitchen is, if your fridge is gross, your kitchen will not look, smell, or feel clean.

Photo of a gloved hand cleaning a white microwave with a pink cloth. This image represents cleaning small appliances in the kitchen.

Clean the Small Appliances

This includes the microwave, toaster, coffee maker, stand mixer, air fryer, and any other small appliances that sit on the counter in your kitchen. For the microwave, wash the microwave cover and microwave tray. Wipe up any splashes and spills on the inside, making sure you get the ceiling of the microwave. Clean the outside: handle, top, front, and sides. All other small appliances should be unplugged before cleaning. Check the manufacturer’s instructions, and clean accordingly. The coffee maker will need to be de-limed on occasion, depending on the hardness of the water you use. The toaster will need to have crumbs cleaned out. Develop a routine cleaning procedure for each of your small appliances.

Image of a gloved hand cleaning a stainless steel gas stove and oven with a blue sponge. This image represents cleaning the stove and oven.

Clean the Stove and Oven

You’ll want to work from the top down to avoid re-soiling what you’ve already cleaned. So first wipe off your vent hood. Check the vent filter; it won’t need to be cleaned every week, but depending on how much use it gets, you will need to degrease it occasionally. The procedure for cleaning your stove top will differ depending on what kind of stove you have. A stove with electric burners will need to have the drip pans removed, cleaned, and cleaned underneath. A gas stove will need to have the grates removed, cleaned, and cleaned under. A flat top stove will need to be cleaned, preferably with a flat top stove polish. Wipe the knobs or remove and wash them. Finally, clean the oven door. Most ovens do not require cleaning on a weekly basis, but check the oven weekly so you can run the cleaning cycle when necessary.

Photo of gray kitchen cabinets and counter tops with a white tiled backsplash. This image represents cleaning the kitchen cabinets, backsplash, and countertops.

Clean the Cabinets, Backsplash, and Counters

With your cleaner and sponge or cloth of choice, wipe the handles and surrounding area of your cabinets. Make sure you’re not damaging the paint or wood finish with your product choice. On the lower cabinets, make sure you also get any drips or spills that may have occurred during the week. Wipe down the backsplash, paying careful attention to the greasy area around the stove. Finally, wipe off the counters. If you have any stains on your countertops, remove them with a magic eraser and vinegar, lemon juice, or bleach solution. Wiping these surfaces doesn’t take long, but it has a huge impact on how clean your kitchen appears.

Photo of a double sided stainless steel sink and faucet with dark gray countertops and backsplash. This image represents cleaning the kitchen sink.

Clean the Kitchen Sink

A clean sink obviously starts with an empty sink, so take care of any dishes that have accumulated (this should be done before you ever start cleaning the kitchen). Run your garbage disposal. Wash the sink stoppers. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your type of sink. Scrub out the sink with half a lemon and baking soda, a gentle abrasive cleaner, soap and a scrub brush, etc. Pay particular attention to the areas around the drains, around the faucet, and around the counter, as grime collects in those spots. Rinse well and dry. For a stainless steel sink and/or faucet, polish with lemon oil and a paper towel.

Photo of a stainless steel kitchen trashcan against a yellow wall next to white cabinets on a hardwood floor. This image represents cleaning the kitchen floor.

Clean the Trashcan

Take out the trash. Wipe down the trash can with the antimicrobial cleaner of your choice. Pay special attention to the handle, underneath the lid, and the bottom of the inside where spills collect. Sprinkle with baking soda if you have stubborn smells to remove. Replace the trash bag.

Photo of a woman mopping a marble tiled kitchen floor with a microfiber mop. Kitchen cabinets and appliances are visible in the background. This image represents cleaning the kitchen floor.

Clean the Floor

Do a thorough sweeping or vacuuming of your kitchen floor. You may want to use the hose attachment to get underneath the cabinets and in other crevices. Mop your floor according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Congratulations! You’ve now cleaned your kitchen in about 30 minutes! You’ve only invested about half an hour, and now your kitchen is clean, the countertops sparkle, the place smells great, and you’re set for another week of cooking and enjoying this most important space in your home! Be sure to do it again next week, to keep this process quick and easy.

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