Steal These 15 Secrets From Super Organized and Clean Kitchens

It happens to all of us: dirty dishes left in the sink overnight, countertops cluttered with small appliances that are supposed to make life easier, and your kitchen island becoming a dumping ground for homework papers and mail.

Keeping the kitchen clean involves daily, weekly, and monthly routines and habits. These may sound overwhelming at first, but with time, they become easier and an integral part of life.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. When you keep it clean and organized, you won’t dislike spending time there. These tips will help you make it a place the whole family will enjoy.

1. Unload the Dishwasher Before Cooking

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Unloading the dishwasher before you start cooking makes it easier to get the chore done. Putting away clean dishes gives you space to load the dirty dishes as you cook and at the end of your meal.

Bonus: This makes a great chore for the kids!

This makes cleaning the dishes easier. After a while, this will become a habit, and your family will start to load dishes while they cook without even thinking about it.

2. Wipe Down Counters and Appliances

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Wiping down the counters or appliances is a great thing to do as you are watching and stirring the food you are cooking. This keeps you close to the food while cooking but allows you to make use of your time and keeps your kitchen cleaner rather than standing around waiting or playing on your phone.

3. Declutter and Put away Items

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Another chore to take care of as you cook is to sort and organize any stray papers and items in your kitchen (hello, homework papers on the island!). While you wait for that pot to boil, it’s the perfect time to sort and put away some of these items. Or, involve the kids or other members to help you take care of them.

4. Sweep/Vacuum the Kitchen Floor Each Night

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A great time to clean the floors is after dinner and after cleaning the kitchen. Doing this as the last chore before heading to bed has a few advantages.

  • Any crumbs that fall while cooking and cleaning up will be taken care of.
  • No one will walk over the floors or get them messy again.
  • You will walk into a nice clean kitchen in the morning.

5. Gather Leftovers Weekly

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Leftovers can build up in the refrigerator if you do not consistently clear them out. Designate a “leftovers day” in your weekly menu. This is a great time to go through the refrigerator and find leftovers that can be used for the next meal.

Cleaning out the leftovers from the refrigerator has many advantages:

  • Helps reduce food waste
  • Ensures the refrigerator stays clean and organized.
  • Helps reduce how often the refrigerator needs to be deep cleaned.

6. Clean Appliances

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Appliances in the kitchen need a little love and cleaning regularly to continue to work efficiently. Once a week, you can spend 30-60 minutes going over the appliances and giving them a quick clean. A few examples are –

  • Run water and a bit of vinegar through the coffee maker to descale
  • Wipe down the inside of your microwave
  • Wipe down the front and inside of the refrigerator.
  • Cleaning the stovetop.

7. Deep Clean the Stovetop Monthly

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The oven can accumulate a lot of grime and grease. Running the self-clean feature is a great way to remove the grease. Adding it to your monthly cleaning routine will keep it working properly and efficiently. See how to clean a glass stove top here.

9. Clean Backsplash Tile

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Backsplash in the kitchen is typically tile or glass and can accumulate grease, grime, and food residue over time. Here is how you can clean your backsplash:

  • Start by wiping it down with a damp cloth or sponge to remove loose debris
  • Apply a cleaning solution that is suitable for the material and use a scrub brush or sponge to work the solution into the surface
  • Rinse the area thoroughly with water and dry it with a clean towel to prevent streaks or water spots.

10. Clean Stove Vent Grates

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The stove vent accumulates grease and dust and can quickly become a fire hazard. You can clean them in multiple ways –

  • Wash in hot, soapy water. This should help remove most of the grease and dirt.
  • If the grease is old and stubborn, put it in a bag with ammonia overnight. Be sure to place this outside the house. The next day, it should be easy to wash it off.

11. Deep Clean the Refrigerator Monthly

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Deep cleaning a refrigerator is extremely important to ensure it remains clean and free of odors. If you have been cleaning it weekly, this will be a breeze. But if you are just starting out with the routine, no worries. Once you get through it one time, it will be easy to maintain. Here’s how to clean the refrigerator:

  • Remove all the contents and dispose off any expired or spoiled food.
  • Remove shelves, drawers, and other removable parts and wash them in warm, soapy water
  • Wipe down the interior of the refrigerator. Just a damp cloth works but if you have tough spots, you can use a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
  • Dry all surfaces before putting back the contents.

12. Deep Clean the Dishwasher

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Cleaning the dishwasher helps maintain it and keeps it running efficiently. If you notice odors or your dishes aren’t getting clean, it’s time to clean it. Here are some tips for cleaning your dishwasher. You can read more tips here.

  • Remove any food debris or large particles from the dishwasher, filter, and spray arms.
  • Place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack and run a hot cycle. This will help remove any buildup of mineral deposits or grease. Most modern dishwashers have a clean cycle. You can run this with a dishwasher cleaner.
  •  Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and run another hot cycle. This will help deodorize and remove any remaining stains.
  • Wipe down the interior and exterior of the dishwasher with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.

13. Clean the Garbage Disposal Monthly

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Over time, the garbage disposal can build up food particles, grease, and grime, causing unpleasant odors and can also lead to clogs. Plus, bacteria love to thrive in a damp environment. Cleaning it is a quick and easy task that you should do each month. See how to clean a garbage disposal here.

14. Clear off Countertops

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One of the best things you can do to make cleaning your home easier is to take the time to make sure your counters are clear. This is a great task to take care of every day. Don’t let that pile build up.

15. Use Kitchen Organizers

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Kitchen organizers like risers allow you to use more cabinet space. Use utensil organizers for your drawers to help reduce the amount of clutter in your space.

How to Deep Clean a Kitchen – A Step-By-Step Guide

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Here’s everything you need to know about deep cleaning a kitchen to create a clean and hygienic environment for cooking and hanging out. Read it here.

18 Cleaning Hacks You Wish You Knew Sooner

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We all love a good hack that works and makes cleaning less of a chore. Here are 18 cleaning hacks that will help you get things done quicker so you can enjoy the clean spaces faster and longer. See them here.

20 Genius Bathroom Cleaning Hacks That Will Change Your Life!

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The bathroom is probably your least favorite room to clean. We get it and agree! Here are 20 bathroom cleaning hacks that make it a breeze and less of a chore. See them here.

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Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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