9 Practical Kitchen Cleaning Tips From A Busy Mom

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How many people feel like keeping the kitchen clean is tough? Can I get a hand raise or an “Amen”. As a mom of small kids it seems I am constantly in the kitchen. We either just ate, are eating, or we are about to eat, at least it seems that way. I am always looking for ways to speed up the cleaning process, prevent extra cleaning, or multitask at its finest. Here are some tips and tricks that have helped me and I hope they help you too!

Wax Paper & Water Spots – Rub a faucet with waxed paper to prevent those pesky finger prints and water spots. This is great because I used to use stainless steel cleaner and it seemed as soon as I had wiped it down I would need to wash my hands and it would have water spots and prints almost immediately. More…

Microwave Spills – If you have a spill in your microwave or if there are splatters simply pour 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar and microwave it for 3 minutes on high. Make sure you put the mixture in a microwave safe bowl. After it is done let it stand for a few minutes, then you can remove the bowl and wipe the microwave down. More…

Homemade Dishwasher Cleaner – For an inexpensive homemade dishwasher cleaner pour a packet of Lemonade Kool­Aid into the detergent dispenser, borax and run the dishwasher on a normal cycle. Two important tips: make sure you only use the lemonade Kool­Aid (other flavors won’t work) and make sure the dishwasher is completely empty. More…

Oven Cleaner – If you are looking for a cleaner to tackle your oven you may not have to look any further then your own pantry. Here is a recipe you can make to get that greasy oven sparkling clean.

  • 1 Tablespoon of dish soap
  • 1 1/2 Cups of baking soda
  • 1/4 Cup of vinegar

Add water to make it into a paste like substance.

After letting it sit overnight wipe out the oven and smile at your results.

Clean Cast Iron Pots & Pans – If you have cast iron pots and pans you may be wondering how you are suppose to clean them. They tell you not to use dish soap on them and if you use something abrasive that nice well ­oiled surface is history. If you have salt then you are in business. Just rub some salt in the pan, then follow up with a paper towel and rinse it out. If the oiled surface seems to be lacking just use a small drop of olive oil and rub around the pan with a paper towel. To recondition cast iron pans go here

Ingenious Dishwasher Trick – This next tip isn’t a cleaning tip but I think it is ingenious. I have to give the credit to cozi.com for this one. You place glass beads in the dishwasher baskets and then your kiddos utensils and straws don’t slip through and fall into the bottom of the dishwasher. This mom is speaking from experience. More…

Smelling Fresh Disposal – Every now and then you are standing in the kitchen and you get a whiff of a not so pleasant smell. You check the trash and it is surprisingly not the culprit. It is probably your garbage disposal. To keep the disposal smelling fresh put some lemon slices down the disposal along with one or two ice cubes. Turn the water on warm and run the disposal. This should keep things smelling fresh. Details…

Brew Some Vinegar – The coffee maker is one of those appliances that gets a lot of use and needs a good cleaning every once in a while. It is a pretty simple mixture: equal parts vinegar and water, fill up the water container, and brew a “pot of vinegar water.” Make sure you run some clean water through the same cycle once or twice more so it is all nice and clean and ready to brew some coffee.

Shiny Wood Floors – I have found the secret to shiny wood floors. The trend now is to have wood floors in your kitchen as well as the other main areas of your house. The kitchen has so much traffic and it can be hard to keep those floors looking shiny. The secret is to fill a bucket with 9 parts warm water and 1 part vinegar. You will be happy you did and your floors will look A­MAZ­ING!

There are our 9 quick tips we use for keeping the kitchen clean. We all know there are dozens and even hundreds more. The next step is finding a way to get the kids and dad to pick up after themselves… stay tuned!