A kitchen can be a breeding ground for millions of toxic bacteria and viruses. It often gets dirty impossibly quickly, filling with grimy dishes and misplaced plates seconds after a deep clean is finished. We understand that you simply don’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with a kitchen that acts as the meeting ground for an entire family. Sustained quick cleaning can be more manageable than sporadic deep cleaning for a kitchen, leading to a constantly clean and organized kitchen without the hassle or time investment of weekly deep cleans. Quick cleaning sessions can become super effective with this cleaning schedule.
Gather all your supplies! For an effective quick clean, you’ll need disposable gloves, a reliable all-purpose cleaner, a microfiber cloth, a toothbrush that can get dirty, dish soap, a sponge, plus any other specific tools for special surfaces, such as stainless steel or glass cleaner. Having all your tools gathered together and ready for use will cut down on needlessly wasted time.
We recommend setting a stopwatch before you clean. Setting a stopwatch will help you from becoming absorbed in cleaning and forgetting your time limit, as well as proving how quickly you can clean without the distractions of phones, televisions, or family members.
1. Put away food items that may be left out.
By putting away food, you clear up valuable counter space that can be cleaned or used as a surface to clean dishes and kitchen tools. Putting away food first also helps you begin the process of organizing with a simple, quick task to boost motivation.
2. Pick up all the garbage.
Sort through the counter clutter to find empty containers, plastic wrappers, and any other assorted trash. Recycle what you can and trash what you can’t. The search for renegade trash might also help you find any hidden spills or trouble areas that are hidden from view behind a coffee maker or toaster.
3. Move anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen.
As the Grand Central Station of your home, many misplaced items may end up on kitchen counters. Don’t take the time to return everything to where it belongs, but gather up all the wayward items cluttering your kitchen and set them aside to put away later.
4. Do a quick surface clean.
Do a quick wipe down of countertops, the front of the fridge, the microwave, the front of the dishwasher, and any other surfaces in your kitchen. Move from one side of the kitchen to the other rather than jumping around to prevent getting flustered and losing track of what has been wiped down and what hasn’t. Don’t worry with the sink; we’ll get there in a bit.
5. Unload the dishwasher.
Though this task might seem to take forever when your phone is buzzing and the television is blaring, unloading the dishwasher is a breeze without distractions. Gather and put away all the dishes at once to avoid making multiple trips to the same cabinet. The same goes for bowls, cookware, utensils, cups, mugs, and anything else in your dishwasher.
6. Wash off the dirty dishes and load the dishwasher.
This is the most tiresome part of the speed clean, but will be well worth it when the sink is empty and the kitchen is sparkling clean. Gently and quickly hand wash any stuck-on food from the dishes and utensils and load up the dishwasher. This task will go easier with an assistant, but be wary of conversations and distractions getting in your way. Wipe off the sink and faucets when you’re finished.
7. Quick sweep and you’re done!
Gather up any lost crumbs or trash that fallen onto the floor, then stand back and admire your clean kitchen!