How to Clean Your Kitchen in Under 15 Minutes

After a long day at work, cleaning your kitchen can seem like the last thing you want to do. But if you attack the mess right away, you can get it done in under 15 minutes and not have to worry about it tomorrow! Here’s how to clean your kitchen in under 15 minutes!

Why a Clean Kitchen is Important

A clean kitchen is important for food safety reasons, as a dirty kitchen can result in the growth of mold, bacteria, and other contaminants. If you have kids or pets, you’ll also want a clean kitchen because it will be less likely that they will put things they shouldn’t into their mouths. 

It is much easier to prevent cross-contamination if your kitchen surfaces are regularly cleaned with a disinfectant product or just plain soap and water (especially when cooking meat). Also, make sure you wash your hands after handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or unwashed fruits and vegetables to prevent spreading bacteria across the kitchen.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Making a list of supplies to gather for your kitchen cleaning makes the process go more smoothly. Be sure to have some microfiber towels on hand, so you can clean quickly and efficiently. A good microfiber cloth will do the trick in removing bacteria without leaving behind dust or lint. 

You will need a multipurpose cleaning spray or disinfectant wipes to clean off the countertops and other kitchen surfaces, as well as a broom and a mop. To keep cleaning your kitchen under 15 minutes, choose a mop like a Swiffer that has disposable cleaning pads and doesn't require a bucket and floor cleaning products.

If you are in a pinch for time or you just don't want to purchase all the necessary cleaning products, hire a professional cleaning service! They come prepared with all of the safest and necessary supplies to keep your kitchen sparkling clean and germ-free.

Step 2: Pick Up Clutter

The hardest part of cleaning is getting started, especially if you have a lot of clutter. But once you get into it, cleaning is satisfying and doesn’t take long. The second step to a clean kitchen is picking up everything off your counters and floor—and if you put things away as you go, it makes it so much easier! Put away any unnecessary items, such as food or kitchen utensils, to immediately make your kitchen look cleaner and more put-together. 

Having clutter in the kitchen makes it difficult to get anything done. By getting rid of excess items, you can make your life easier and more efficient by eliminating unnecessary steps. For example, when you’re cooking a meal, you don’t need extra items cluttering up your countertops—you just need what you need to cook that meal! If you have too many dishes or pots and pans on hand, consider getting rid of some or storing them in a different area so they aren’t visible when not in use.

Step 3: Wash the Dishes

The quickest way to keep your kitchen clean is to wash your dishes as soon as you’re done using them. Otherwise, food will sit out and attract bacteria and pests—and before you know it, you’ll have a mold problem on your hands. Keep everything clean and organized by washing every dish as soon as you can, or at least putting the used dishes in the dishwasher. 

If you are washing a lot of dishes at one time, consider soaking them in warm, soapy water first to make cleaning them easier. Then wash them by hand or load them into your dishwasher. A dirty and cluttered sink will make it difficult to get anything done in the kitchen! A clean sink will make cooking in your kitchen a more pleasant experience.

Step 4: Tackle Countertops and Surfaces

If you’re going to try and clean your kitchen as quickly as possible, you’ll need to clean the countertops and surfaces next. Wipe them down with a cleaning product of your choice and a microfiber towel. This will lift any spills, messes, and bacteria lingering on the countertops, without leaving behind dust or lint. 

Next, clean your sink after cleaning and removing all of the dirty dishes. Then, wipe down all of its surfaces using a cleaning product and microfiber towel; these include faucets, soap dispensers, etc. Once everything is dry (and sparkling), use another microfiber towel to ensure everything is dust-free.

Step 5: Take Out the Trash

The kitchen trash can will start to smell if it’s not emptied regularly. Empty your trash can every couple of days depending on the size of your household, or when it starts to smell bad. Having an empty trash can will make the entire kitchen smell and feel cleaner without much effort.

It is important to stay on top of the kitchen trash because it can attract pests and grow bacteria that make your kitchen less clean over time.  Even if you have a maid service, taking out the trash yourself every once in a while will help keep your kitchen smelling fresh and clean, especially if you empty out cans where leftovers are stored after you’ve eaten them. When possible, keep all food covered when storing it away so that there’s no chance for critters or insects to get into any scraps or bits left behind.

Step 6: Sweep & Mop the Floors

After you’ve swept or vacuumed your floors, it’s time to clean them. Sweep or vacuum any debris or messes on your floor and then mop it using a tool like a Swiffer or a microfiber mop. These tools are much quicker than a traditional mop, so you can keep your cleaning time under 15 minutes.  

Cleaning the kitchen floors is important because of all of the spills, crumbs, and grime that happen when you cook. To make sure your floor stays clean between deep cleans, sweep or vacuum your floor every day after cooking or eating.

Hire the Professionals

By following this guide, you will be able to cut down your kitchen cleaning time to under 15 minutes, and the results will be just as good as if you spend more time.

The best way to clean your kitchen? Hire a professional to do it. Hiring a professional cleaning service like Sponge & Sparkle will save you time and effort, and your kitchen will stay clean! The Sponge & Sparkle cleaners use eco-friendly and natural cleaning products so that your kitchen stays clean and healthy for you to cook in. 

They’ll clean all of your kitchen surfaces from top to bottom: floors, countertops, appliances, and more. You can even request specific cleaning services such as fridge deep cleaning or oven cleaning in between your biweekly or monthly cleaning services.

If you're searching for a reliable, trustworthy cleaning service in the Brookhaven, Georgia area, Sponge & Sparkle is the maid service for you! Whether you are in Buckhead, Chamblee, Midtown, Decatur, or any other surrounding city, call Sponge & Sparkle at (404) 633-9652 to get your kitchen sparkling!

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