How to Get Your Kitchen Spotless in 15 Minutes

How to Get Your Kitchen Spotless in 15 Minutes

Getting your kitchen gleaming clean is a cinch with these simple tricks.

By: Nicole Fabian-Weber

Not only is the kitchen the heart of the home, it's usually the messiest room in the house. Few spaces in our homes get as much use as the kitchen, and keeping it clean can be a daunting task. But if you have just 15 minutes to spare, you have time to get your kitchen totally clean and tidy. Check out these super-easy kitchen cleaning tips.

1. Clear the clutter. First thing first: Clear off your countertops. Collect any dirty dishes, wrappers, and scraps of food from your counters and put them in the sink, dishwasher, or trash. You can't clean if you've got a bunch of junk in the way. (And, no, don't clean around the junk.)

2. Hit the sink. Before getting down on the countertops, wash dirty dishes -- or load them in the dishwasher if you have one. Water and soap are bound to spray on your counter, so there's no point in getting them sparkly clean first. Tip: If you've got any dishes that require heavy-duty scrubbing, let them soak in some hot, soapy water while taking care of step 1.

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3. Spray your countertops and stove. Even if everything else is clean, a stovetop that's covered in dried, crusty food will make your kitchen look and feel like a disaster area. Remove the burner grates (don’t worry about cleaning them now – save that for when you have more time) and spray your stovetop with cleaner. Let it sit for a few minutes while you wipe down your countertops and cabinets. When you're done with the counters and cabinets, wipe the stovetop and put the grates back on.

4. Scrub any pots, pans, or dishes you let soak. If you're still having a hard time getting any gunk out, try using a hard-bristled brush to scrape off stuck-on food remnants.

5. Clean the floor. There’s no need to bust out the specialty floor cleaner and mops right now, but you definitely want to give the floor a basic once-over. Use whatever method is easiest for you – personally, I'm all about spraying the floor with a little cleaner and wiping it up with a paper towel.


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6. Final touches. Once you're done with the main cleaning, take care of the finishing touches -- take out the trash, wipe down the refrigerator door, and clean the faucet. Good as new, right? And, look at that -- it barely took any time at all.

What kitchen cleaning tricks do you have?

Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and an equally sweet baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications.

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