Cleaning the kitchen doesn’t have to be an all-day task. I’ve got an easy tutorial to help you do it in no time. Check out these tips on speed cleaning your kitchen in 30 minutes.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. You eat meals here, cook, prepare the kids for school, and even do homework some days. This room receives the most traffic out of any room in your home. Yet, you probably don’t have a lot of time to spend cleaning up the kitchen. That’s why I came up with this tried-and-true speed cleaning routine to help clean the kitchen is just 30 minutes.
Whether you have unexpected company, or just need to get the kitchen clean in a hurry, here is how to clean your kitchen in only 30 minutes. I’ve even included my favorite DIY cleaning recipes that you can easily make.
Speed Cleaning Your Kitchen in 30 Minutes
1. Keep your supplies together
Get a cleaning caddy and put all the cleaning tools and cleaners you’ll need in one place. The goal is the keep all of your supplies together, so you don’t have to waste time searching for them. Before you start cleaning, gather up all the supplies you’ll need for the kitchen and put them in your tote or caddy.
2. Clear off your countertops
Start by removing everything from your countertops. If the items you are removing don’t belong in the kitchen, place them in a laundry basket to be put away later. Once everything has been removed, take your DIY All-Purpose Cleaner and quickly wipe down the counters. Once your countertops have had time to dry, place the things that belong on your counters back.
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3. Wipe down appliances
Use this DIY Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner for your appliances. It’s great for stainless steel, glass, and other surfaces. Give all of your appliances (that are visible) a quick wipe down. Use a microfiber cloth and clean in an S pattern to avoid streaking.
Later, you can do a deeper clean wiping down the inside of the refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and other appliances.
4. Load and unload dishwasher
If you have dishes in the sink, take a few minutes to either hand wash or load the dishwasher. If you already have dishes in the dishwasher, then unload the dishes first.
5. Wipe down the sink
Now that you have an empty sink take a few minutes to quickly wipe it down and remove any food particles from the sink. Use this DIY Soft Scrub to clean the sink. It’s got a gentle, natural abrasive to keep the sink clean. Later, you can use this same soft scrub for deep cleaning the oven, countertops, and stove tops.
6. Wipe down the stove top
You don’t need to scrub your stove top to deep clean it, but you should take a few minutes to wipe it down. If you don’t have a glass top, work around the burners for this task.
7. Clean the floors
Start by either vacuuming or sweeping your floors to clean up dust and dirt. Then, follow up with this Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner (Homemade Pine-Sol). It’s perfect for wood surfaces, but can work for all surfaces and has a wonderful natural, pine scent.
8. Take out the trash
Once you have completed all of these tasks, take out the trash if it’s full. After all your disposable cleaning products have been thrown away and your other cleaning items have been put back, now is an excellent time to take the trash out. If your trash can is not full, skip this step.
9. Put away the rest of your cleaning supplies
Once you have put your caddy or cleaning supplies back, be sure to put any microfiber clothes in the laundry basket and change your dish towel if necessary. Make sure all your cleaning supplies have been put away and are ready to access the next time you clean.
Speed Cleaning Not Deep Cleaning
When doing a speed clean in your kitchen, remember that this is not a deep clean. A speed clean is meant to get your space tidy and clean the significant areas. If you’re short on time, give this speed clean routine a try.
When Speed Cleaning Your Kitchen, Keep Moving Forward
Keep moving forward, that means work around the room once. Don’t backtrack. It also means you must carry your equipment and supplies with you, so you don’t make dozens trips back and forth across the room. Walk around the room once and you’re done, except for the floor.
Key Tools For Your Kitchen Cleaning
When it comes to cleaning, avoid too many ‘specialized’ gadgets, it creates more clutter and often they aren’t fit for purpose.
A caddy is a great way to keep all your tools and products in one place. You could also use a cleaning apron, with pockets to hold your items.
Here are some staple items you may want to get:
1. A Cleaning Apron
Get a cleaning apron with a loop large enough to hang 2 or 3 spray bottles, deep pockets for your tools, and at least one wide pocket big enough to stash trash.
2. Reusable Microfiber Cloths
They attract and grip dust and dirt, so you only need to wipe surfaces once. Get two fine-woven cloths for glass and shiny surfaces, and three large-loop cloths for general cleaning of dusty surfaces.
3. Eraser Sponge
A special two-sided sponge made to easily remove countertop stains with plain water.
4. Old Toothbrush
Great for cleaning small crevices and hard-to-reach places.
5. Deactivated Credit Card
Use it for scraping up stuck-on gunk.
Top Tips For Speed Cleaning
- Keep track of your time each time you speed clean. It helps you get faster.
- Teamwork makes the dream work. An extra pair of hands can go a long way, if your friend or partner has 10 mins spare to help, then great.
- Keep your tools in good shape. Dull cloths just move dirt around, blunt razors scratch, they don’t clean and empty cleaning bottles just clutter up your caddy.
- If it isn’t dirty don’t clean it. some surfaces (like vertical ones) don’t get nearly as dirty as other surfaces, prioritize your work.
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