October 18, 2021
How to Deep Clean (and Clean) the Kitchen with the Clean Mama Routine
The kitchen is the hardest working room in the home and requires a lot of daily cleaning and upkeep. A question I receive at least weekly is, “How do you clean the kitchen with the Clean Mama Routine? I don’t see ‘kitchen’ on the calendar?”
Have you wondered this too? This is a question that’s frequently asked on Instagram and by email. I’m going to break down all the little things I do to clean the kitchen and keep it clean most of the time, all the time. I’ve found that this is the best and easiest way to keep a kitchen (and home) clean. That’s why I started trying to figure out a cleaning routine 20+ years ago – I was sick of spending my day off cleaning. Ready to see how easy it is? Keep reading – I hope it inspires you to give the Clean Mama Routine a try!
The Clean Mama Routine is a proactive approach to cleaning, not reactive. By doing a little bit daily, weekly, and monthly, your home stays mostly clean all the time.
If you follow the Clean Mama Routine you know that there are Daily Tasks.
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Daily: I/we do these things every day – wipe counters (here’s my favorite DIY recipe for Stone Cleaning Spray), wipe kitchen table, check floors (sweep or vacuum if necessary), scrub sink (this is my Nightly Sink Scrub routine – find it here).
Here’s my DIY Wood Kitchen Table Spray recipe – I love it for keeping our kitchen table clean. These tasks sprinkled through the day and during meal time/prep/clean up keep the kitchen pretty clean.
Another little thing that falls under the Daily Task of Wipe Counters, is that I keep a damp bar mop towel by the stove (on the counter) for wiping up little drips and spilhls as I cook. This gives me a little jump on cleaning up the kitchen after dinner and keeps it easy for clean up and keeps the stuck on food spills away.
What about dishes and the dishwasher? This is a Daily Task (most days, it’s multiple times a day). The kids help load/unload, we hand wash large pots and pans but I do try to put most pots and pans in the dishwasher or quickly wash them after meals. It can be discouraging to make a delicious meal and want to sit down and relax but still have dishes to wash and/or load in the dishwasher. To help us get started off on the right foot I unload the dishwasher when I’m brewing my morning coffee and I’m working with the kids to get in the habit of putting their dishes in the dishwasher right away after each meal. This help out a lot! Every once in a while if I’m feeling burned out on dishes or in an extra busy season, I’ll grab a pack of eco-friendly disposable plates and use them for a couple days while we get back on track.
In addition to the 5 Daily Tasks, there are Weekly Tasks – these are tasks that are associated with the days of the week. If this feels like a lot, start with the Daily Tasks, add one a week. Don’t worry about perfection, you’re adding a new routine to your days and it will take time. Once you get those down, the Weekly Tasks just become part of your routine and make things so much easier because you no longer need to decide what the worst part of your house is to clean, you just do the Tasks for the day. It’s proactive, not reactive – the busier you are, the better it works.
Weekly: – Vacuum floor (Wednesday) Wash Floor (Thursday) – these Weekly Tasks apply to the kitchen as well. Here’s a post with more info on how I split these tasks up and work them into my week because we all know that vacuuming and washing floors can be time consuming and exhausting.
Weekly – wipe out refrigerator while meal planning – I typically do this on Fridays (Catch-All Day)
The Clean Mama Routine also includes Rotating Tasks (deep cleaning tasks that you work through during the year). I do these on Fridays or when it makes sense with a Weekly Task. After you’ve successfully implemented the Daily + Weekly Tasks, it’s time to learn The Rotating Tasks and Monthly Focus. We add these deep cleaning tasks to our Catch-All Friday or on a day that works best for you. You can find the full list of Rotating Tasks and the Complete Monthly Focus in the Guide to a Clean Home, Homekeeping Planner, or Homekeeping Society
Here are the Rotating Tasks that are associated with cleaning the kitchen:
- Monthly (usually every other week in our house): wipe appliances. I also include wiping cabinet fronts with this task, monthly, or as needed. The interiors don’t typically get such a thorough cleaning on a monthly basis, but I like to wipe or vacuum out crumbs and dust as needed and definitely in February for the Monthly Focus (keep reading for more on that). I also clean the dishwasher monthly and at the very least quarterly. Here’s how I do that – it’s a simple process that only uses vinegar to clean.
- January/April/July/October: clean oven
- January: light fixtures
- July: clean fridge/freezer
The Clean Mama Routine also has a Monthly Focus each month. The Monthly Focus is designed to be a chance to do some deep cleaning and organizing on a specific area of the home.
- January’s Monthly Focus is a Whole House Declutter
- February’s Monthly Focus is the Kitchen – this is essentially a full kitchen re-order and re-organization. I get a jump on it in January for the Whole House Declutter, but definitely do a full kitchen declutter and reorganization. It’s the perfect time for doing this – after the holiday cooking and baking and before spring/summer.
- March’s Monthly Focus is Spring Cleaning – any kitchen tasks that didn’t get taken care of during February get a little extra care – this includes things like vacuuming/washing baseboards, washing windows, cleaning window treatments, etc.
What if you want to do a kitchen quick clean? No problem, this is how I clean up the kitchen every night. Find the free printable here. Have some appliances that need a good cleaning? You’ll also find a Kitchen Appliances Quick Clean free printable, perfect for getting those appliances clean in a hurry.
I hope this post helps to clear up how to deep clean the kitchen with the Clean Mama Routine, but better yet, it’s how to keep the kitchen clean all the time. It’s a little bit every day, not all at once, but by keeping up with those daily messes, it stays clean. Looking for some kitchen details? This post details everything from the kitchen paint color, and appliances to the backsplash.