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Keep a clean kitchen with simple actionable steps you can easily do every day. 5 steps to tame the chaos and help you keep your sanity.
This is a sponsored post with 5 simple steps to keep a kitchen clean, created by me in partnership with O-Cedar. We're in the middle of a kitchen renovation, and we have 3 boys, one of them a toddler. Need I say more?
Keeping our kitchen clean has proven to be a monumental achievement since we had Zeke. I don't know what it is about having a third kid, but it definitely changes life in more ways than I can count (of course, for the better).
A kitchen renovation that explodes into so much more plus a messy toddler who loves to eat on the go and clean out all of our kitchen drawers equals the need for daily actionable steps to keep our home clean. Lived in but clean.
Keep a clean kitchen with these 5 daily steps.
There are really only 5 things you need to do on a daily basis to keep a clean kitchen. Even if you're behind on all the deep cleaning ('cause life happens, am I right?), these 5 steps will make it feel a whole lot better. And if company comes, you won't be scrambling to hide the mess.
In the beginning it may require a little more time and effort to make up for lost time and possibly quite a mess. But once you've implemented these steps and they become habit, you'll be set for life.
Simplify and renew…
1. Clear the clutter.
This is probably the step that will take the most time at first. Once you've cleared all the clutter, it'll be easier to maintain on a daily basis.
Find a place for paper clutter, other than that inviting empty countertop or tabletop. Keep a small basket handy for the task of clearing clutter. I added the bread box and toaster to our clutter-y countertop, and it's helped because we know we need that space to make toast or waffles in the mornings.
2. Clean the floor.
I don't know why, but nothing irks me more than stepping on stuff on the floor. It drives me up the wall! Dan too.
Keep a broom and quick mop handy. I highly recommend the O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop for quick cleanup. With a toddler that likes to eat anything and everything off the floor (I guess I could look at it as a great immunity booster), keeping the floor clean is a must.
O-Cedar's ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop, which you can find at Walmart, can be used with either disposable or washable microfiber pads that are designed to grab and hold dirt, dust, hair, and moisture. I like the washable pad because I can use it again and again (less impact on the environment), and I can just throw it in the washer when it needs washing.
I can also use any cleaner I wish in my ProMist, meaning I can use my favorite essential oil cleaner. There's no bucket, no wringing, and no mess to clean up afterward. Simply fill with the cleaner of my choice, mop, and hang it back up in its place in the pantry.
3. Wash the dishes.
This is a step we've added to our older boys' chore lists. It's also an easy way to make the kitchen feel clean.
If you have a dishwasher, load it up after every meal, and run it when it's full. If you don't, keep a few things handy including a rag, dish towel, and dish mat.
4. Clean the sink.
I seem to remember a study done one time that showed more bacteria and germs in a kitchen sink than anywhere else in the house. I believe it because if you think about it, it's where we prep raw meat, eggs, all sorts of food and vegetables that have who knows what on them when we bring them into our home.
Cleaning the sink is one of the most important steps to keep a clean kitchen. Clean and sanitize that sink before you go to bed at night; that way you wake up to a clean sink that's ready to tackle the day's mess.
5. Quick clean the countertops and stovetop after every meal.
Quick cleaning saves you from a long drawn out job later on. After each meal, just do a quick spray and wipe of the countertops used and the stovetop too.
Use a separate rag for areas where you're cleaning up after raw meat. Save your rags and use them all day long. Then throw them in the laundry and replace with clean rags before bed, so you're ready to go the next morning.
While these 5 steps aren't a deep clean of the kitchen, they'll definitely help you keep a clean kitchen. They also may just help you keep your sanity, especially when all else feels a li'l chaotic at the moment.
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What are your simple tips for keeping a clean kitchen? Let's chat in the comments below!