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Cleaning the kitchen is one of my least favorite chores. Between my kids and my husband, it often feels like the kitchen is never clean. I clean it so many times per day that I may as well give up and let it be forever dirty.
But I must press on! My quest for a clean kitchen will never end! I’ve found a few easy hacks that can make keeping the kitchen clean a less daunting task. Things, that if done regularly, can keep my food fresher and my counters cleaner.
Clean out the Fridge at least Once per Month
Our first few years of marriage I hardly cleaned out the fridge. I got to it about once every 3 or 4 months and when I finally did, it was gross and sticky. Yuck!
My mom cleans out her fridge every week when she brings home new groceries. She is ultimate goals. I have to set my aspirations a little lower because I already spend every second of every day running around like a crazed madwoman (#momprobs), so I aim for once a month. And when I clean it out, I really clean it out. I throw away everything old and expired, I wipe down all the shelves and drawers, I scrub any spills or sticky spots, and I load everything back in in an extremely organized fashion. The clean, organized fridge really makes me giddy every time I open it after that. It’s the little things.
Use Scented Garbage Bags
Garbage stinks. And it can stink up your whole house! Get scented bags to avoid the problem. You can also buy air fresheners that clip to the inside of the lip of your trashcan and that helps a lot as well!
Do the Dishes
I could probably do dishes all day long if I really wanted to. There are infinite dishes and I would never run out. However, I have other things to do. So I do dishes every morning after breakfast, and every night sometime between after dinner and before I head off to bed. Waking up to a big mess can make me really stressed out and anxious, waking up to a clean slate gives me more confidence to tackle the day.
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Clean the Sink!
Another things I like to do after the dishes are done, is clean out the sink! Once it’s cleared out, there’s usually bits and pieces of food and soap stains all over the sink, so I clean it! I drizzle the whole thing with soap, add in some piping hot water, and scrub! It makes the sink shiny and ready for the next day’s messes.
Deodorize your Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal can also get really gross and smelly! Garbage disposal stink is definitely in the top 10 worst smells. A few weeks ago, I tried making a special deodorizer just for my garbage disposal and it works and smells great! Here’s what you’ll need:
- An Empty Glass Bottle
- Unscented Castille Soap
- Lemon Juice
- Lemon Essential Oils
- Empty your bottle of Castille Soap into the glass bottle
- Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Add 15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- Fill to the top with water
Simply pour some of your concoction into the garbage disposal, run HOT water, and then turn the disposal on and let your kitchen fill with the fresh, lemony scent!
What little things do you do to help keep your kitchen clean? Comment below!