How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean Most of the Time

A common question I hear from readers is, “When do you clean or deep clean your kitchen?”.  In reality, our kitchen is clean most of the time and how I do this is really simple.

I’m always cleaning it.

Cleaning the kitchen fits into my daily and weekly cleaning tasks and is so much easier to maintain with a couple habits instead of deep cleaning it when it’s a disaster.  Here’s how I maintain a clean kitchen most of the time.

Let’s start first thing in the morning and go through the day…

I get up pretty early and start by making coffee and unloading the dishwasher while I wait for the coffee to brew.

This works well because the dishwasher is ready for the breakfast dishes and we can just keep filling it up all day long.

After breakfast everyone clears their own plates and puts them in the dishwasher or on the counter.  The kids and I get their lunches packed if it’s a school day and then I do a quick table and counter wipe down once any remaining dishes get washed or put in the dishwasher.

If it’s just me during the day I put my lunch dishes in the dishwasher and if anyone else is home we do another table and counter wipe down once lunch dishes are cleared and in the dishwasher.  If I’ve done cooking, prepping for dinner, or baking and the dishwasher is full I run it after lunch so it can be unloaded when the kids come home from school (my big kids take on this responsibility). If it’s not full, I wait and run it after dinner.

Let’s talk about daily tasks that are done, well, daily.

I guarantee that if you aren’t currently taking care of these little tasks during the day it will take you much longer than if you just keep up with them at meal times, during the day, or before/after you leave or get home from work.  It’s the simple maintenance that is key to keeping your kitchen (and whole home) clean most of the time!

Daily tasks in the kitchen:

  • wipe counters – after each meal as needed
  • check floors – quick sweep if necessary
  • clutter – put anything away that needs to be put away  (mail or school papers on counters, etc.)
  • nightly sink scrub – this is one of my favorite cleaning rituals.  After dinner is cleaned up, the dishwasher is loaded, and the table and counters are clear and clean, I make a simple scrub: sprinkle it in the sink and scrub it clean.

Staying on top of the daily tasks is simple when you get into the habit of it.  Once you have a rhythm with the dailies, start adding in the weekly cleaning tasks.  Here’s my nightly quick clean routine if you want more specifics.

A quick wipe down of the counters and stove every day is key to keeping the kitchen clean most of the time.  I use bar mop towels to wipe down counters (in lieu of paper towels) and spot clean/wipe the stove top down nightly as needed as well.

Weekly cleaning tasks in the kitchen:

  • Monday – Bathrooms Day
  • Tuesday – Dusting Day — I have a couple shelves in the kitchen that need to dusted so I do a quick swipe of them
  • Wednesday – Vacuuming Day — I thoroughly vacuum the kitchen floors along with the rest of the house
  • Thursday – Floor Washing Day — I wash the kitchen floors along with the rest of the house
  • Friday – Catch-All Day — Friday is my day to catch up on any uncompleted tasks from the week.  I also do some menu planning for the coming week, wipe out the refrigerator, and head to the grocery store to stock up before the weekend.  If I have extra time I do a rotating cleaning task or two – every month I wipe all the appliances down and will usually wipe cabinet and drawer knobs and pulls along with wiping down door fronts if needed.
  • Saturday – Sheets + Towels Day — I launder kitchen towels and cleaning cloths on Saturdays in a separate load after sheets and towels.

If you feel like you need a little help getting things done, you might be interested in my Homekeeping Society subscription.  Homekeeping Society has a month dedicated to deep cleaning the kitchen but you’ll find that the consistency you establish when you clean a little bit every day will do wonders for your home.

Comments

  1. Thank you for these [osts of tips Becky. Shows how the mere addition of an extra step or two in the course of my daily tasks takes so little of my time initially.

  2. Dedra Lake says:

    Do you have a separate cleaning routine for those who work outside the home?

  3. This motivated / reminded me to set down the laptop, go empty the dishwasher, wash out the sinks and wipe down the counters. Then noticed the stovetop was dirty so I gave it was cleaning. It only took 15 minutes and the kitchen is in a much better state. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Lisa Singleton says:

    I have always struggled with cleaning and organization. I am an empty nester and retired and can finally work on cleaning. My daughter found your website and now it is my favorite. I never liked cleaning, but now I look forward to your posts and I follow it everyday. If I miss a day I just catch up the next day! I have my house on the market now and it has been so easy to follow your routine and keep it clean. It only takes a few minutes to have the house looking great for a showing! I guess the simple part is I like having the guide to go by. Before that, I just wondered what to clean and nothing got done until I had to do everything on a day off. I love the simplicity! Thanks!

  5. Michelle says:

    I’ve been working for a year or so now gradually applying your daily and weekly routine and it’s really helpful. I love your daily kitchen routine. But, I can’t figure it one thing. The weekly cleaning of my kitchen floors isn’t enough. I’ve got young kids plus white tile in my kitchen that gets dirty almost immediately. We sweep several times a day but it’s the stuff that sticks that’s a problem. Any suggestions?

  6. Christina Seigel says:

    I’m stuck at the very first step. Do you run your dishwasher every single day?

    My sons are responsible for the unloading and if we wait for them to do it, so times they just aren’t home to do it. It’s a battle between doing it for them (and having dishes pile in the sink) and having the clean space.

    • I unload it if the kids aren’t available so it doesn’t pile up – I easily have a full load every day 🙁

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