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Kitchen Cleaning Tips: 6 Daily Tasks For A Clean Kitchen

Follow these six kitchen cleaning tips regarding daily care of your kitchen and you will be able to keep on top of the never-ending, it seems, amount of dirty dishes and crumbs underfoot.


List of 6 daily tasks for a clean kitchen, plus a free printable you can use to remind you what to get done each day {courtesy of Household Management 101}
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Why Should I Clean My Kitchen Daily?

You should make a habit of cleaning your kitchen daily for several reasons:

First, the kitchen is generally the heart of the home, and the place where people congregate.

Since it is a high traffic area it will get dirty more quickly.

Second, the kitchen is also the place where really messy stuff happens daily, such as cooking and eating.

Since spills and crumbs are easier to clean up when fresh it actually saves you time to clean the kitchen daily, rather than trying to fight with dried on gunk later.

Cleaning up spills as they happen is actually one of the best kitchen cleaning tips there is!

Third, the kitchen, as a food preparation area, needs to be kept clean from a health perspective.

Germs, microbes, and other nasties love the kitchen and without proper cleaning food-borne illnesses and other unpleasant things can effect your family.

Fourth, and finally, you should clean your kitchen daily so that you can actually enjoy it.

I know I am much more likely to want to go out to eat when my kitchen is a mess, because I would have to clean up before I could even start cooking.

Similarly, if you and your family are going to be in there a lot anyway, it might as well be clean so you can relax and are not afraid you will put your elbow in some type of spill or get crumbs stuck to the bottom of your feet.


6 Daily Kitchen Cleaning Tasks

List of 6 daily tasks for a clean kitchen, plus a free printable you can use to remind you what to get done each day {courtesy of Household Management 101}
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1. Wash Up Dishes, Pots And Pans As You Cook

Start with a sink full of hot soapy water, and then use the time while you are waiting while cooking, like when simmering or baking, to clean up what you can.

It is amazing how doing this simple kitchen cleaning tip can cut down on the clean up after the meal.

You should also let the additional pots and pans you could not clean up before dinner soak while you are enjoying your meal so they are even easier to clean up afterwards.

2. Follow An After-Meal Routine Each Time You Eat A Meal In Your Home

Basically this kitchen cleaning tip is to make sure that after every meal you do a mini-cleanup of the kitchen to get it ready for the next time you will need to make food in it again.

This routine can be something similar to this:

Go ahead and dry these immediately hand washed dishes and pots and put them away, or if you like for things to drip dry come back later and put them away so that you have counter space available again the next time you need to use the kitchen

  • Quickly wipe down the counters, kitchen table, and stove top of any big crumbs or spills
  • Wipe down your sink of any grease or grime it got while washing dishes and other utensils

I generally just use the sprayer to rinse it off and run the garbage disposal briefly.

Some people like to dry their sink out with a cloth, but I think that is more a matter of personal preference.

3. Empty The Dishwasher Quickly After It Is Finished

Nothing causes a back up of dirty dishes piling up in your sink faster than a dishwasher full of clean dishes that still need to be put away.

This is a great chore for kids to do, or you can do it quickly while you are waiting for other things in the kitchen, like water to boil or something to finish in the microwave. (Here's 6 ways to motivate yourself to empty the dishwasher.)

4. Empty Kitchen Trash

Of all the trash in the house the kitchen trash is most likely to attract bugs or other pests, and also the most likely to create unpleasant odors.

Therefore, as part of your daily routine make it a habit to take out the kitchen trash.

5. Sweep The Kitchen Floor

The more small children you have (or older messy eaters) the more important this task becomes.

It is amazing to me how messy my children are sometimes, especially when they are young, and how much stuff I can sweep off the floor every single day.

Again, this is a great task to assign to children.

We gave my middle son a dust pan and little hand-held broom and he sweeps up pretty well (he started when he was about three).

6. Change Your Kitchen Towels Daily, If Not More Often

With all this advice to wipe up spills as they happen, and clean your kitchen throughout the day as you eat various meals, you can go through a lot of kitchen towels.

At a minimum change your kitchen towels daily, but I do it more frequently because they get wet and soggy, and I like to use a clean cloth for each spill I wipe up, and a new one to dry dishes, and a new one to wipe faces and/or hands, etc.

I do this so I do not cross-contaminate by using the same kitchen towel multiple times. (You can read this article with more explanation of why to change our your kitchen towels frequently, plus how to wash kitchen towels here.)

I hope using these kitchen cleaning tips will help you and your family enjoy and use your kitchen more.

A bonus is that if you follow these kitchen cleaning tips daily then it becomes quicker and quicker to actually keep your kitchen clean!

Here's Your Free Printable

Get your free version of the cleaning checklist here. Make sure you put it in your household notebook!

Free printable daily kitchen cleaning checklist, listing all the daily tasks you should do for a clean kitchen {courtesy of Household Management 101}
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