These kitchen cleaning hacks will have your most-used space neat and clean in no time! If you have ever wondered how to clean the kitchen fast, these tips and tricks will show you how.
I have often heard that the kitchen is the heart of the home. That’s true in my home: we prepare food, hang out, do homework, and have conversations in the kitchen—plus so much more!
At any given point of any day, someone is probably in the kitchen. This also means that something is probably getting spilled, something else is getting left on the counter, and there are certainly a few dishes left in the sink.
Because the kitchen has more traffic than any other room, it is also the hardest place to keep clean. However, after years of trial and error, I’ve finally figured out some simple kitchen cleaning hacks that will keep this essential space orderly without taking all day to do it.
Kitchen Cleaning Hacks Everyone Needs To Know
Here are 10 cleaning hacks to help you tackle your cabinets, floors, appliances, counters and more without eating up your day. Use these kitchen cleaning hacks to clean just about everything in your kitchen.
These tips and tricks will answer the question “what is the easiest way to clean a kitchen fast?” and help you do it without harsh chemicals. With just a few basic cleaning supplies and hardworking staples like baking soda, lemon, and vinegar, you can learn how to clean the kitchen with very little effort.
How to Clean the Kitchen – What Order Should You Use?
I often hear the question “what order should you clean the kitchen?”
I recommend, when possible, starting high and moving down towards the floor. That way you don’t start with the floor and then spill something on it only to clean it again.
It also helps to do the tasks that will require soaking first. While the item is soaking, you can be scrubbing, sweeping, or sorting items in your kitchen, rather than just wait. If you plan your time wisely, you can clean your kitchen with ease and speed.
How To Clean The Kitchen – 10 Genius Tips
If you are interested in developing a daily kitchen cleaning routine, these simple kitchen cleaning hacks will allow you to clean and deodorize your kitchen quickly and easily. Try adding a few of these per day into your cleaning routine—you’ll be amazed about how effective and fast they are.
1. How to Clean Greasy Stove Vents
Your stove vents have an important job: trapping cooking grease. When the filters are dirty and clogged, they aren’t able to do their job effectively.
Cleaning them is very simple: Fill the sink with hot water and add several drops of Dawn dish soap. Place the vent filters in the water and let them sit for 15 minutes. After that, take the filters out the water and dry them. If any stubborn grease is still there, repeat the process again.
2. How to Clean Granite Countertops
Granite countertops are beautiful and can last a lifetime, but they need to be properly maintained.
Granite may be hard, but it is also very porous, which means it needs to be properly sealed and cared for to avoid damage and discoloration.
Use this recipe for a homemade granite countertop cleaner that is both gentle and effective—no harsh chemicals necessary.
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 3-5 drops of dish soap or Castille soap
Add the rubbing alcohol and soap to a spray bottle then fill the bottle with water and spray down your counters. Wait a couple of minutes and then wipe them down with a soft rag (a scouring sponge is too abrasive).
3. How to Clean the Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink is one of the germiest places in your house. Clean it by mixing equal parts (about a ½ cup each) dish soap and vinegar together in a spray bottle then fill the remaining space of the spray bottle with water.
Spray down your sink and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then wipe it down with a clean cloth and rinse it out. Easy peasy!
4. How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal (and keep your drain smelling good)
Food remnants can get stuck on the blades in your garbage disposal and cause all sorts of terrible smells. Keep your disposal fresh and clean by making these easy vinegar cubes!
Simply grab a plastic ice tray , and add a chunk of lemons into each crevice. The lemons do not need to be peeled or squeezed beforehand. Then, pour white vinegar into the mold and fill it about 2/3 full.
Once you are ready to give your disposal a quick clean, turn your disposal on and grab 2-3 of the cubes. Toss them down the drain and let them whirl for 30 seconds or so.
The lemon and white vinegar combination work together to clean and deodorize while the frozen cubes sharpen your disposal blades with little to no effort on your part!
5. Microwave Cleaning Hack
Put about 1/2 cup of water into a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl (I like to use a glass measuring cup). Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water, then drop both lemon halves into the bowl.
Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high power for three minutes so that the liquid begins to boil. Keep the microwave door closed and let stand for five minutes. The steam trapped inside will do the heavy lifting and loosen all the gunk and food particles. After the 5 minutes is done, simply wipe it down!
6. How to Clean Your Fridge
Cleaning the fridge seems like a monumental task, but it doesn’t actually take that long to do with this kitchen cleaning hack. Here’s how you do it: empty your fridge completely. Throw away anything that’s expired, spoiled, or moldy.
Next, clean the bins, shelves, and drawers by removing them from the fridge itself and soaking them in a bathtub. Cover them with hot water and a splash of dish soap and let them soak.
While the fridge is empty, spray the inside down with equal parts vinegar and water to remove germs, any messes, and smells.
Scrub the bins, shelves, and drawers (if needed), then rinse and dry before putting them back in the refrigerator.
7. Oven Cleaning Hack
Even the most experienced home cook gets slightly nervous when they think about cleaning their oven. For years, the only solution was a chemical-laden product that would stink up your home to the point no one could stand to be in the house for hours. Thankfully, this oven cleaning hack is just as effective and completely safe to be around.
Add just enough water to baking soda to make a paste (about 1 part water to 3 parts baking soda) and smear it inside your oven door. Spray that lightly with white vinegar in a spray bottle, close the door, and let it sit overnight.
The next morning, wipe it down with a sponge or paper towel and it will look like new!
8. How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets can easily become pretty gross. We don’t often remember to keep them clean, but with this cleaning hack, you’ll know exactly how to clean kitchen cabinets the easy way!
Mix 2 cups of hot water with 2 tablespoons of dish soap in a bowl. Use a cloth to scrub your greasy cabinets until all of the grease is gone. Then, dry the cabinets off with a dry cloth. Easy, right?
9. Dishwasher Cleaning Hack
Does your dishwasher smell terrible in between running loads? Clean and deodorize it by running a cycle that only has a bowl filled with a cup of white vinegar sitting upright on the top rack. The hot temperature cycle will wash away grease and grime and while the vinegar removes any odors.
10. Clean Kitchen Floors Quickly
Kitchen floors take a huge beating from crumbs, spills, and all the foot traffic. It’s no wonder that this space can get dirty quickly!
The easiest way I’ve found to keep them clean is by doing a simple daily cleaning routine consisting of vacuuming up crumbs and quick clean with a floor steam cleaner.
The steam clean mop will easily remove any sticky mess from the floor without any chemicals. All you need is to add some water, plug the mop in and start mopping.
See how simple these kitchen cleaning hacks are? By using these tips, you can get your kitchen to shine and smell fresh without needing to spend hours cleaning it every week.
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