5 [5 Minute] Daily Habits To A Cleaner Kitchen!

Ahhh, the feeling of a clean kitchen, is there really anything better? Aside from having somebody else clean it for you, than no. I know I've mentioned it a time or two but I tend to get a little anal when it comes to the cleanliness of our home, hence the no kids thing. I know I have mentioned them before but dang, Viva® towels are where it's at when it comes to keeping the kitchen a place of sanity and good food. 

We have been using these since last summer and haven't looked back from the day we bought them. Magic, I tell you - they are like fancy cloths disguised in a paper towel. While I have typically kept the Viva® Towels on stock, I recently discovered Viva® Vantage and am equally obsessed. Here's the difference between the two...

While both are the same strong and durable cloth-like fabric, there are definite differences. I thought today I'd show you how I use both on a daily basis to keep our kitchen sparkling clean in a matter of minutes. I've learned when you do small tasks regularly it keeps the daunting large tasks at bay. If you struggle with this, I'd recommend setting your phone timer to 5 minutes at some point during your day and completing these 5 items. I'm almost betting you'll be done with a minute or two to spare. 

1. Wipe off all counters

Whether you see it or not [which lets be real, you typically see it], crumbs, spills and stains are all over those pretty little counters on the regular. To keep these babies lookin' their best, I wipe them all down completely every evening with my trusty towels. Within a matter of seconds, they are clean and ready to be eaten off all over again the next day. 

2. Wipe down appliances

Finger prints all over stainless steel appliances are pretty much a guarantee. To prevent against this, we purchased the non finger print kind of appliances, however I have noticed that on the handles they still appear. The Viva® Vantage towels do an awesome job of wiping those right off leaving your appliances sparkly just like they should be. When putting a time on this task, it is once again - seconds. 

3. Wipe out the sink

This is my husband's biggest pet peeve - dirty sinks and him just don't get along. Because I try to keep his love in tact, I've gotten a lot better about wiping our sink out every day [once again the Vantage towels do awesome with this thanks to their scrubby texture]. It's amazing what a clean sink can do for the overall feel of your kitchen. 

4. Wipe down cabinets and hardware 

Do you realize how quickly cabinet hardware can get grimy, sticky, and caked with food remnants? Because our hands are constantly on these little handles, it only makes sense that they are catching all of our gross. Take a minute and wipe off your most commonly used knobs and pulls to keep them looking and feeling their best. While wiping those down, pay attention to your cabinets for any splatters that may have wound up there and clean those bad boys right up as well.

5. Wipe down the refrigerator

[all photos shot by tina herschberger photography]

This one is taking me a bit to get into a regular habit of doing. We are constantly finding spills and food stuck to our refrigerator shelves. Taking a few seconds every day to quickly wipe down any spotted messes will keep them from turning into hardened and sticky globs that are nearly impossible to get up.

And there you have it - 5 simple yet highly effective things to do daily to keep your kitchen the room you always want to be in.

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  1. Love it! I shouldn't, but I have a paper towel obsession... I use way too many, and have at least 2 rolls in the bathrooms and kitchen.

  2. I love your site so much! You always have such great posts! I featured you on my blog today lookingjoligood.wordpress.com

  3. Seriously, though! Keeping your kitchen clean is hard work, but way easier when you break it down in to bite sized chunks! You look way too happy to be cleaning though :P

  4. What are your favorite cleaning products to use in the kitchen?

  5. Ever since I joined the police force, I hardly find time to keep my home completely neat and tidy, so I call P. Thabisa sometimes and request her to send the cleaning team, as it helps saving my time and energy.


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