May 2024

Quick Kitchen Cleaning Tips to Cut Your Scrubbing Time in Half

Quick Kitchen Cleaning Tips to Cut Your Scrubbing Time in Half

The kitchen – a place of culinary creation, shared meals, and sometimes, glorious chaos. After whipping up a delicious feast, the aftermath can feel daunting. Dishes pile high, splatters adorn the stovetop, and crumbs dance a jig across the counters. Fear not, weary warriors! Bright & Beautiful is here to equip you with a collection of 10 effective strategies, or as we like to call them, quick kitchen cleaning tips, to transform your kitchen from disaster zone to sparkling haven in record time.

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1. The Pre-Clean Prep: Setting the Stage for Success

Before diving headfirst into cleaning, take a moment to declutter your workspace. A cluttered kitchen translates to wasted time manoeuvring around obstacles. Here's how to streamline your pre-clean routine in 5 minutes:

  • Clear the Counters: Put away any non-essential items like appliances, cookbooks, or decorative clutter. A clear workspace allows you to focus on cleaning, not rearranging.
  • Tame Utensil Chaos: Collect stray utensils back into their designated drawer or container. This eliminates unnecessary clutter and ensures everything is readily available when you need it. Why not consider investing in kitchen drawer dividers to make it easier to bring some order to that cluttered drawer.
  • Empty the Sink: Dishes piled high in the sink create a visual and physical barrier. Wash what you can or load them into the dishwasher for later. A clear sink not only improves aesthetics but also provides valuable workspace.
  • Quick Toss for Freshness: Regularly check your fridge and pantry for forgotten treasures that have gone past their prime. Disposing of expired items frees up space and helps prevent unwanted odours.
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2. Conquer Greasy Grime with Targeted Cleaning Solutions

Ditch the all-purpose cleaners and embrace the power of targeted cleaning solutions! Here's a breakdown of effective products for common kitchen adversaries:

  • Greasy Grime: For stubborn baked-on grease on ovens, stovetops, and range hoods, reach for a cleaner like the Green Bear Pro Eco Multi-Surface cleaner. These surface cleaners are naturally mildly antiseptic and nontoxic, which is ideal around children, animals, and sensitive areas.
    Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: Apply the cleaning gel according to the product instructions, typically letting it sit for a few minutes before wiping clean with a damp microfibre cloth. For heavily soiled areas, use a non-scratch scouring pad to loosen the grime before wiping away.
  • Stainless Steel Saviour: For those beautiful (but fingerprint-prone) stainless steel appliances, use a mixture of olive oil and vinegar to clean stainless steel, leaving it with a streak-free shine and helping to prevent water spots.
    Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: How to create an eco-friendly cleaning solution:
    1. Mix equal parts of olive oil and vinegar in a small bowl or spray bottle.
    2. Shake or stir the mixture well to combine.
    3. Apply the solution onto a soft cloth or directly onto the stainless-steel surface.
    4. Gently rub the solution onto the stainless steel in circular motions.
    5. Buff the surface with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess solution and achieve a streak-free shine.
  • Spilled Secrets: For tackling spills and splatters, consider a vinegar and water solution. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and works wonders on most kitchen surfaces.
    Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: Test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area before applying it liberally.
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3. The Microfibre Marvel: Your Streak-Free Buffing Buddy

Microfibre cloths are no longer a fad; they're a game-changer! These super-absorbent cloths trap dirt and grime without leaving behind streaks or lint, eliminating the need for multiple paper towels. At Bright & Beautiful we’re big fans of Green Bear’s MicroFibre cleaning cloth as well as their other cleaning products. Here's how to leverage the power of microfibre cloths in your kitchen cleaning routine:

  • Countertop Champion: After applying your chosen cleaning product (cleaning gel, disinfectant, etc.) to your countertops, use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe clean. The microfibre's fibres trap dirt and grime, leaving your counters sparkling without the need for additional drying.
  • Appliance Polisher: Buff your stainless-steel appliances to a brilliant shine with a dry microfibre cloth.
  • Window Wonder: Microfibre cloths are excellent for cleaning windows and glass cabinet doors as they won't leave behind streaks or lint.

Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: Invest in a set of microfibre cloths and dedicate different ones for different purposes (e.g., one for countertops, another for appliances). Wash your microfibre cloths regularly to maintain their effectiveness. Consider Luxury P&F Microfibre Cloth’s.

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4. The Humble Dustpan and Brush: Your Crumb-Conquering Duo

Before diving into wiping down surfaces, use a dustpan and brush combo to tackle crumbs, debris, and stray food particles. This simple step prevents you from pushing crumbs around with your cleaning cloth and ensures a more thorough clean. Here's how to effectively utilise your dustpan and brush:

  • Sweep Countertops & Floors: Use the dustpan and brush to sweep crumbs and debris off countertops, stovetops, and the floor around the base of cabinets. This quick sweep eliminates loose debris and reduces the amount of cleaning required later.

Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: Regularly empty the dustpan to maintain cleanliness.

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5. Clean as You Cook: The Multitasking Masterclass

Here's a secret weapon in your cleaning toolkit: cleaning as you cook! By incorporating a few simple steps into your cooking routine, you can significantly reduce post-meal cleaning time.

  • Wipe Up Spills Immediately: Don't let spills sit and harden. Grab a damp cloth and tackle spills as they happen. This prevents them from becoming stuck-on messes later.
  • Utilise Cooking Breaks: While waiting for food to simmer or bake, take a few minutes to wipe down surfaces, put away ingredients, or load the dishwasher. These short bursts of cleaning prevent clutter from accumulating and make the final clean-up a breeze.
  • Soak While You Cook: For heavily soiled pots and pans, fill them with hot, soapy water while you finish cooking. This loosens baked-on food particles, making them easier to clean later.
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6. Embrace the Power of the Dishwasher

Your dishwasher is your hardworking kitchen companion – use it to its full potential! If you haven’t got a dishwasher and are on the lookout for one, then the Hisense HS661C60WUK is one that Bright & Beautiful highly recommend. Here are some tips for maximising your dishwasher's cleaning power:

  • Scrape, Don't Rinse: Scrape off large food particles before loading dishes into the dishwasher. Rinsing can remove some of the cleaning power of the detergent.
  • Load Strategically: Load your dishwasher strategically, ensuring water can reach all surfaces of the dishes. Don't overload the dishwasher, as this can hinder cleaning effectiveness.
  • Choose the Right Cycle: Select the appropriate dishwasher cycle based on the soil level of your dishes. A light rinse cycle is perfect for lightly soiled dishes, while a heavy-duty cycle is ideal for pots and pans with baked-on food.

Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: Run the dishwasher at night! Taking advantage of off-peak electricity hours can save you money on your energy bills. Additionally, a clean dishwasher is ready to tackle your next round of dirty dishes.

a man cleaning his free-standing microwave using a white cloth

7. Tackle the Microwave with Steam

Microwaves are a convenient cooking tool, but they can also become splatter zones. Here's a quick and easy way to clean a messy microwave:

  • Fill a Bowl with Water and Vinegar: Combine a cup of water with a tablespoon of white vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Heat and Steam: Microwave the bowl on high for 2-3 minutes, or until the solution boils and steams.
  • Wipe Clean: Let the microwave sit for a few minutes to allow the steam to loosen grime. Open the door carefully (beware of hot steam!) and wipe down the interior surfaces with a damp cloth. Stubborn grime may require a light scrub with a non-abrasive sponge.

Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: For heavily stuck-on grime, add a few drops of lemon juice to the water and vinegar solution before microwaving. The citric acid in the lemon juice helps to loosen stubborn food particles.

Citrus Vinegar Cleaner Recipe: Save citrus peels (lemon, lime, orange) and place them in a jar filled with white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for a couple of weeks to infuse. Strain out the peels and dilute the citrus-infused vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio. Use this solution as a multi-purpose cleaner with the added benefit of a citrusy scent.

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8. Deodorise Your Waste Disposal Naturally

Unpleasant smells can emanate from your waste disposal. Here's a natural way to freshen it up:

  • Citrus Power: Cut a lemon or lime in half and toss the rinds down the disposal. Grind the disposal for a few seconds to release the citrusy scent. Alternatively, you can use orange or grapefruit peels.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: Pour half a cup of baking soda down the disposal followed by a cup of white vinegar. The mixture will fizz and help to neutralise odours.

Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: For tough stains on stainless steel, create a paste by mixing baking soda and vinegar until it forms a thick consistency. Apply the paste directly onto the stain, allowing it to sit for a few minutes. Then, gently scrub the stain with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse the area thoroughly with water and dry with a clean cloth.

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9. Don't Forget the Often-Ignored Areas

While countertops and appliances often get the cleaning spotlight, other areas in your kitchen also require attention. Here are a few often-ignored spots to include in your cleaning routine:

  • Light Switch Plates & Cabinet Knobs: These frequently touched surfaces can harbour germs. Wipe them down with a damp re-usable cloth with a multi-surface cleaner.
  • Sink Tap: The tap handle is another germ magnet. Clean it with a multi-surface cleaner. Don't forget to get under the tap handle where grime can accumulate.
  • Waste Bin: Empty your bin regularly and wipe down the interior and exterior with a damp cloth or a solution of soapy water.

Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: For light switch plates and cabinet knobs, consider using a SMOL cloth wipe specifically designed for electronics. You can learn a little more about SMOL cloths and how they’re plastic free and eco-friendly just how Bright & Beautiful like it.

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10. Embrace the Power of Baking Soda: A Natural Cleaning All-Star

Baking soda is a natural cleaning powerhouse that belongs in every kitchen. Here are a few ways to utilise its cleaning magic:

  • Cutting Boards: After chopping pungent ingredients like garlic or onions, sprinkle baking soda on your cutting board and scrub with a lemon half. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.
  • Freshen Dish Cloths: Combat lingering odours in dish cloths by soaking them in a solution of warm water and baking soda for 30 minutes before washing them as usual.
  • Scour Stained Sinks: For stubborn sink stains, create a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and scrub with a non-abrasive sponge. Rinse thoroughly.

Pro Tip from Bright & Beautiful: Baking soda is a mild abrasive, so always test it on an inconspicuous area before applying it liberally. We recommend purchasing the eco-friendly Bicarbonate of Soda from ecoliving as this is an all-purpose cleaner that is a safe, versatile, budget-friendly way to clean your kitchen.

All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe: Create your own all-purpose cleaner using natural ingredients. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and add a few drops of essential oil (such as lemon or lavender) for a fresh scent. This cleaner is safe to use on most surfaces and effectively cuts through grease and grime.

By incorporating these 10 quick cleaning tips and pro-tips into your routine, you can transform your kitchen from a post-meal battleground to a sparkling haven in record time. Remember, consistency is key! A quick clean-up every day is far easier than tackling a monumental mess at the end of the week. With Bright & Beautiful by your side, you can conquer your kitchen cleaning woes and reclaim your precious time.

However, we understand that even with these brilliant tips, life can get hectic, and sometimes cleaning just feels overwhelming. If you find yourself yearning for more free time to focus on the things you love, Bright & Beautiful is here to help! We offer a variety of home cleaning services, including regular domestic cleaning, tailored to your specific needs and budget. Our reliable and insured cleaning professionals take pride in leaving your home sparkling clean, allowing you to relax and enjoy the fresh feeling of a spotless kitchen (and home!)

Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of tackling your entire home? Bright & Beautiful offer regular cleaning services. Learn more about our services and how we can help you take back your precious time. Remember, a clean home is a happy home, and Bright & Beautiful is here to make that a reality!