How often do you clean your kitchen? Once a week? Twice a month? Keeping your kitchen clean will help you keep your living space ant and roach-free while cutting the number of germs and bacteria in your home. Here are some tips on how to keep your kitchen clean.

Sugary spills can attract a lot of unwanted attention. Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

Clean Up Spills Right Away

Did you spill something on the floor or stove? Wipe it up and disinfect it right away. You definitely don’t want to step in it and track food throughout the house, or cook on a dirty surface! This applies to when you spill in the refrigerator, too.

Baking from scratch can make a big mess! Photo by Calum Lewis on Unsplash

Wipe Down Countertops After Every Use

Keep your countertops squeaky clean all the time! Keep a kitchen surface sponge near your sink and wipe down your countertops whenever you use it. Countertops are a high traffic area, so it’s always swarming with bacteria, germs- don’t add bugs to the list! They’ll be attracted to crumbs and spills, so don’t give them a reason to invade!

Did you know that the kitchen sink is one of the most germ-infested places in the house? Photo by Scott Umstattd on Unsplash

Don’t Leave Dishes in the Sink for Long Periods of Time

Unless you’re soaking off some tough-to-remove grime, make sure you’re quick to wash your dishes after every use. If you have a dishwasher, make sure you rinse your dishes with plain water before loading them up.

Do you smell that? No? Good! Photo by Sven Brandsma on Unsplash

Keep Your Kitchen Clean by Using Odor-Neutralizing Garbage Bags

Invest in odor-neutralizing garbage bags will keep your kitchen smelling fresh and clean all week long!

Keep a tight ship with an even tighter schedule. Photo by Eric Rothermel on Unsplash

Schedule a Weekly Deep Clean

Everything that doesn’t get spot cleaned during the week should get taken care of on the weekend.

Soak your sink with a mixture of Lysol and Comet.
Sweep and mop the floors.
Take apart your stovetop and clean every piece. If you have cast-iron grates, make sure you soak them in soapy water and scrub them with a brush.
Disinfect your refrigerator.
Wipe down your backsplash.
Wipe down your kitchen hood.

Schedule a Bi-Annual Cleaning to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

In addition to your weekly cleaning exercise, you will also want to add the following:

Clean out your cabinets.
Run cleaning cycles on your dishwasher and oven (you can do these overnight so that they’re nice and clean in the morning).
Clean off the top of your refrigerator.
Dispose of expired food.
Clean out your pantry.

Do you have any other kitchen cleaning tips? Please share them with us!