Tackle kitchen grime and gunk quickly with this step-by-step guide to a clean kitchen.
Nothing says "good morning!" like a clean and sparkling kitchen. Achieving cleanliness in the face of an endless parade of hungry family members is another matter.
Empty the garbage can, and replace any can liners. Pre-spray all counters and the stove top before you begin to clean using a degreaser or a multisurface spray cleaner. Move around the room and spritz flat surfaces lightly.
Wipe down walls and backsplashes, cabinet faces and the fronts of kitchen appliances with a cleaner-dampened cleaning cloth. Use an extra spritz of multisurface cleaner to remove fingermarks, smears and stains.
Scrub the interior of the sink with a powdered cleanser or a spray degreaser. Use a toothbrush to rout out dirt around sink rims and drains. Rinse, then use degreaser to clean fixtures and the sink apron. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Back to the counters, this time to wipe them clean and dry. Use a scraper to remove dried-on foods, and a small tile brush to loosen soil where the backsplash meets the countertops.
Return to the stove top, and use the toothbrush to remove softened food from around the burners, knobs and dials. Tackle stubborn blobs with a scraper. Wipe dry with a fresh cleaning cloth.
Sweep or vacuum the floor, and then damp-mop. Pay extra attention to the areas beneath the sink (water spots) and stove (grease). Shake and replace any mats or rugs. Put away tools, cleaners and apron.
Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer
Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited