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10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Clean, Forever


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A mess in the kitchen can be demoralizing. 

A kitchen should stay in a basic and general state of cleanliness and order. As the place where the messiest messes are often made, here are some of the best ways to keep your kitchen in perpetual tip-top shape.

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Clean as you go

Examples of this idea in action include wiping up spills on the counter right away, putting ingredients back when you’re done with them, and washing dirty dishes while dinner is in the oven.

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Never set dirty utensils on the counter

Grab a piece of paper towel, a rag, or a small dish to set down your soup-stirring spoon or the serving fork you used to dish out the leftovers you’re microwaving.

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Organize the cabinet beneath your sink

Having your cleaning tools and products accessible is key to maintaining a pristine kitchen. Make sure it’s organized, so that you can easily grab what you need, when you need it.

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Run the dishwasher before it’s too full

Chances are, you need to run your dishwasher more often than you think you do. Try to get in the habit of running it every night after dinner.

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Strive for an always-empty sink

Even one dirty fork in the sink makes it easier to stack your dirty bowl in there. An empty sink is more likely to stay that way.

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Vacuum or sweep nightly

Kitchen floors can get dirty real fast if they aren’t maintained. Add a nightly vacuum or quick sweep to your routine to keep floors from ever getting too bad.

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Make refrigerator clean-out a regular task


You’ll still have to deep clean your fridge every once in a while, but if you want to maintain a clean kitchen, you’ll need to regularly check for produce that’s going bad and leftovers that need to be tossed.

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Empty the trash every night

You know what ruins a clean kitchen every time? A stinky trash can. Don’t let trash sit. Take it out every night (or every other night).

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Label your fridge and pantry


You may know where everything goes, but does everyone else in your household? Help things stay in their place by adding labels to the shelves of your pantry and refrigerator. 

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Create kitchen
counter zones


If you designate counter areas for specific tasks, you prevent all the counters from getting dirty when you’re working in the kitchen.

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