5 Cleaning Tips to Save Money and Time in the Kitchen
The Kitchen is one of my favorite places to be. I love to try new recipes and play with kitchen gadgets. What I don’t love about my kitchen is cleaning it. With a family of 5, it never really stays clean. I swear the moment I walk away from cleaning it, someone comes along and makes a mess. For example, take mopping the floor, it seems like every time I mop the floor someone will spill something on in it within 24 hours. Nothing could have been spilled for a week and boom as soon as that floor is clean something spills. Can anyone relate, or is this just something my family is doing to sabotage my cleaning efforts?
As much as I don’t want to clean up the kitchen, I know cleaning is a must. Not only is it much easier to cook and bake in a clean kitchen. It is so important to keep surfaces and storage areas clean for our family’s health.
Here are 5 tips for cleaning your kitchen that will not only save you time and energy, but also a little money!
1. Clean as you go-
Clean as you go – have soapy water in the sink and clean dishes/utensils as you use them so it’s not a huge clean-up job at the end. Also, clean work surfaces as you go. – See more time saving tips here.
Clean your stovetop immediately after using- here are a few helpful tips on How to Clean a Stove Top… and make it sparkle & shine like new!
2. Make your own cleaners-
These mix-it-yourself cleaners use environmentally friendly ingredients — like baking soda and vinegar — and are quite inexpensive. If you’ve run out of your favorite cleaning solution, don’t run to the store; try one of these standbys instead.
We all have those pots and pans that have that baked on stuck on build up here is a great recipe for Metal Pot and Pan Cleaner.
Have you run out of dishwasher rinsed aid? Our newer dishwasher has a light that will continue to flash until it is refilled. Here is a DIY Dishwasher Rinse-Aid solution.
3. Clean out your refrigerator-
Once a week clean out your refrigerator, if cleaned weekly this should take you less than 15 mins to complete. Wipe down the inside with warm soapy water, clean all the shelves and trays. As you clean, make a list of items that will need to be replaced/eaten soon. Your fridge will stay clean and you should not waste food by forgetting what you have in it.
4. Cook in bulk or batches-
When cooking or baking, consider making a larger amount. If you’re going to dirty a pan, why not make a double or triple batch and save yourself some time making it later. You also only have to clean that pan once. Bonus- You may save money by buying/cooking in bulk.
5. Keep cupboards and drawers organized-
Assign everything in your kitchen a “home”. If you use it put it back in its home. You will save time by not having to search for that kitchen tool that you know that you have and money by not buying things you already have.