Cleaning your kitchen can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to feel like such a chore. Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, break it up into smaller tasks that seem more manageable.
Most parts of your kitchen won’t even require scrubbing if you figure out which items can be left to soak while you focus on other things. So check out this list and get to cleaning!
1. Use your sink (h/t One Good Thing)
Before you do any cleaning, fill your sink with hot, soapy water. You’ll need this throughout the rest of the cleaning process. You can put various items in the sink to soak while you clean other areas and you can dip a rag into the water whenever you need to wipe something down. Depending on how much you need to clean, you might have to empty out and refill the sink at least once, but make sure there’s always soapy water in there.
2. Steam your microwave (h/t Reader’s Digest)
There are a variety of ways to clean your microwave, but one is significantly easier than the others. Wet a handful of paper towels, put them in the microwave and run it on high for 3-5 minutes. The steam from the paper towels will loosen anything stuck to the inside of the microwave, so you’ll be able to quickly wipe it out after the towels cool down.
3. Set aside stove burners (h/t The V Spot)
Most people spend precious time scrubbing away at the gunk on their stove burners. Instead, set them off to the side and let them clean themselves. Pour 1/4 cup of ammonia into a large Ziploc bag and seal your stove burner inside. (Depending on the sizes of your burners and your bags, you might be able to fit more than one in each bag.) Leave the burners to soak overnight, then remove them and wipe them clean with a damp sponge.
4. Coat your oven (h/t Ask Anna)
Combine 1 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap and enough water to make a paste. With your fingers or a sponge, coat the inside of your oven with a thin layer of this paste, including the glass on the door. Now go about the rest of your cleaning while this paste does its work. When you come back to the oven, use a damp scouring pad to scrub over the paste. If any is left after you’re finished scrubbing, use a wet rag to wipe it out.
5. Soak your faucet (h/t Two Twenty-One)
To clean calcium deposits, soap scum and water spots off of your faucet, you don’t need to do any scrubbing. Just fill a plastic baggie with 1 part CLR/1 part water and secure the baggie around your faucet with a rubber band. Leave it to soak for a few hours, then remove it and wipe the faucet with a Magic Eraser.
6. De-grease your cabinets (h/t Hunker)
Any cabinets near your stove are going to end up with a thin sheen of grease on them. To get rid of this, sprinkle a little baking soda onto a damp cloth and scrub the cabinets. Wipe over the cabinets with a damp sponge and then dry with a clean towel.
7. Polish your sink (h/t The Kitchn)
After you’ve finished everything else, you can finally drain the soapy water out of your sink. If you have a stainless steel sink, now is the time to make sure your sink is just as spotless as the rest of the kitchen. First, use a dry cloth to get rid of any remaining water spots. Next, sprinkle a thick layer of flour throughout the whole sink. Finish by buffing the flour into the sink with a soft cloth or paper towel.