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Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows that before I got married, I lived at my mom’s house and before that, lived in the dorms in college. I can honestly say that I’ve never had to clean the kitchen. Sure, I’ve washed pots and pans after making dinner on my own, but that’s the extent of my experience. Daily upkeep of a kitchen? I’ve never done that.
So when Andy and I moved into our apartment in mid-June, I was surprised at how much maintenance is required to keep a kitchen looking tidy. I consulted my soldier husband (let’s be honest, one of the benefits of my husband being in the military is he knows how to clean!) on the best way to keep a kitchen looking spic and span and voila! The Newlywed’s Guide to Cleaning the Kitchen was born.
Tasks for each meal:
-Wash off dining room table. I start first by wiping off the dining room table. Our kitchen is an eat-in kitchen, so I’ve included this as part of the step to cleaning the kitchen.
-Wipe off microwave. Cleaning filthy microwaves are the worst, so after my husband did the initial deep-clean of our microwave, I’ve been wiping it down every day to keep it looking nice. It’s not usually too gross, so I do this step second.
-Wash countertop. I usually do this step third, because my countertops don’t usually get too dirty while I’m cooking and I don’t want to spread food mess around.
-Wash off stove. If you’re anything like me, your stove will be a huge mess while you’re cooking. I do this prior to washing my dishes.
-Wash dishes, pots, and pans. I prefer to do my dishes by hand, so I’ve been on a quest to find a sponge that I love! We’ll talk more about this in a second.
-Sweep and mop floors. I tend to do this every evening before bed so the kitchen will look nice when I wake up for breakfast.
-Clean out fridge. Please tell me I’m not the only person who struggles with remembering leftovers in the fridge! I’ve instituted a weekly or twice-a-weekly time to take stock of my leftovers, toss the expired ones, and wipe down the fridge shelves.
-Wash cabinets. This is a task that gets neglected but is so important. (When my husband suggested it, I was like “Really?”) Think about all the times you open the cabinets each day. Your germy hands are touching the cabinets. Even if you wash your hands, you still need to keep the cabinets germ-free.
I briefly mentioned that I’ve been on the search for a sponge that would clean my kitchen without being too rough on surfaces. Enter ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges. I picked them up at Target on one of my many trips there (y’all know I love me some Target); the 4 pack non-printed sponges were only $3.99. (They also come in a 2 pack non-printed option for $2.39.)
ocelo products clean delicate surfaces without scratching and are ideal for glassware, china, and stainless steel. They’re also great for cleaning bathroom surfaces such as bathroom tile. One side of the ocelo no-scratch scrub sponge is the “scrub” side that you’ll use to attack the mess, while the other side is used for gently wiping off surfaces. I love the ocelo products’ bright colors– honestly, washing with the mango ocelo scrub sponge put a smile on my face! (See, I’m smiling while doing the dishes!) ocelo products also come in 3 and 6 pack printed versions if you’re looking for an especially cute sponge to wash with.
You can find ocelo products in the Home Section of Target. I’ve included a photo of where I found them for easy reference! Before you go, be sure to print out your coupon to save $0.50 off one ocelo Scrub Sponge multi-pack.