How to Properly Clean the Kitchen

Tackle kitchen grime and gunk quickly with this step-by-step guide to a clean kitchen.

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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.

Spray Surfaces

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.

Pre-Spray CounterEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Wipe Down All Surfaces

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.

Wipe Down Kitchen CabinetsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Clean Sink

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.

Allow Cleaning Products Time Before ScrubbingEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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