My weekly kitchen cleaning routine and how to make the whole process a tiny bit more fun
The meal planning trick that made it finally click for me
There are two major contributors to my REQUIREMENT for things to work effectively and be efficient in life. Those are 1. age and 2. children.
Ain’t nobody got time to waste these days, and I certainly don’t want to waste time cleaning.
It takes a concerted effort for me to keep a tidy and organized home. I’m not a naturally clean person, so if I don’t have a functional system for how to clean a part of my home, it will cause an admittedly unusually high amount of stress. Then, at some point, I’ll realize that it doesn’t have to be that way and figure out a system.
For me, the kitchen is my zone. I live in the kitchen. Not only do I really enjoy cooking and baking, but my kids require snacks every 20 minutes so the kitchen is where I live.
Grove Collaborative has a huge selection of natural and EFFECTIVE products, from personal care like deodorant to household cleaning like laundry detergent. I had way too much fun scrolling through their website in order to find cleaning supplies for my home and some personal care items for myself as well! Since the kitchen is where I live, I’m very particular about how messy I let it get, and Grove Collaborative products have helped me implement a simple cleaning system that is fast and easy.
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My weekly kitchen cleaning routine is as follows:
- Do all the dishes in the sink FIRST. I don’t care how many crumbs are sitting on the counter top or how funky my dishwasher door is, I always take care of the dishes first. For me, that takes the longest and makes the biggest impact in the look of a clean kitchen, so I want to make sure that is done first. That way, if I’m interrupted I will still see that I made some progress since my dishes are cleared from the sink.
- After the sink is clear, I sprinkle a homemade mixture of baking soda mixed with 20 drops of lemon essential oil. If you don’t want to make your own, you can simply purchase this Mrs. Meyer’s product for your sink! I’ll let it sit for a bit in the wet sink, and move on to step 3.
- Next I put any food away that was sitting out, remove items that shouldn’t have been there in the first place, and generally tidy the place up.
- I scrub out my sink with a wet brush and then rinse the paste away. It’s fast and easy, and leaves my sink glowing.
- Next up is countertops, so I’ll spray them all with my homemade Sal Suds cleaner. I’ll even spray right onto my stove top with the grates taken off. I grab a cloth, dampen it a bit, and get to wiping.
- After the counters are done, I’ll wipe down my dishwasher and refrigerator with the cleaner that is left over on the cloth.
- And finally, sweep or vacuum the floors to get all the crumbs up!
I mean, look at the SHINE!
The whole process from start to finish, after the dishes are cleaned, takes about 10-15 minutes. And it feels SO good to have a clean kitchen.
If you are new to Grove Collaborative, and need somewhere to start, these are my top 5 items!
The cleaning products I’ve used not only look pretty on the countertop, but they work really well too. I feel good about using them with my cats and kids around!
This post was sponsored by Grove Collaborative, all opinions are my own.