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Old 08-01-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
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Kitchen clean-up rituals?

Okay, I do this every night before I can go to bed (this is what my mother taught me):
1. Clean (wipe down) the stove, including removing the burner rings and washing those and around the rings.
2. The fan hood and backsplash.
3. The oven door glass--inside and out.
4. After doing the dishes, clean the sink with Comet (always Comet). Even with a DW, there are still dishes I do by hand that need to be put away before I can go to bed.
5. Change the dish towel for a clean one.
6. Change the hand towel (no wonder I'm always doing laundry).
7. Make sure the sink is rinsed well--refresh the dishcloths by pouring bleach in the sink and then floating the dish cloths overnight.
8. Sweep the floor.
9. Mop the floor.
10. Turn off the light and declare the kitchen closed for the night.

Besides all of the above, I now clean the inside and outside of the microwave (didn't have one of those when I was growing up until I was in my teens).

Run the dishwasher but first put the sink strainers and dish cloths in it--I skip the bleach routine every other night.

Wipe down the fridge.

Put away all appliances/pans/other stuff from the basement.

Bleach cutting boards.

Declare the kitchen closed for the night. Oh--my mom did that too.

What are your daily kitchen cleaning rituals?
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:22 AM   #2
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You do more cleaning each night than I do in an entire month!

I give everything a lick and a promise as I go along.

Last night I cleaned out the inside of an ice cream container, I suppose that is a start!
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:45 AM   #3
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lol, bea!

i'd say marry a woman with ocd!

the ex-gf who's constantly befriending me on facebook was an ocd cleaner. both of our apartments were surgically clean.

i kinda miss that...

lol.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:10 AM   #4
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lol, bea!

i'd say marry a woman with ocd!

the ex-gf who's constantly befriending me on facebook was an ocd cleaner. both of our apartments were surgically clean.

i kinda miss that...

lol.
I didn't say the rest of the house was like that, just that these were the things that my mother did and that I learned to do. I can't go to bed until the kitchen is done. And, with a vac-n-steam, doing the floor is a really quick to do. Takes me longer to load the DW.
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Okay, I do this every night before I can go to bed (this is what my mother taught me):
1. Clean (wipe down) the stove, including removing the burner rings and washing those and around the rings.
2. The fan hood and backsplash.
3. The oven door glass--inside and out.
4. After doing the dishes, clean the sink with Comet (always Comet). Even with a DW, there are still dishes I do by hand that need to be put away before I can go to bed.
5. Change the dish towel for a clean one.
6. Change the hand towel (no wonder I'm always doing laundry).
7. Make sure the sink is rinsed well--refresh the dishcloths by pouring bleach in the sink and then floating the dish cloths overnight.
8. Sweep the floor.
9. Mop the floor.
10. Turn off the light and declare the kitchen closed for the night.

Besides all of the above, I now clean the inside and outside of the microwave (didn't have one of those when I was growing up until I was in my teens).

Run the dishwasher but first put the sink strainers and dish cloths in it--I skip the bleach routine every other night.

Wipe down the fridge.

Put away all appliances/pans/other stuff from the basement.

Bleach cutting boards.

Declare the kitchen closed for the night. Oh--my mom did that too.

What are your daily kitchen cleaning rituals?
Are you hooked up to municipal sewerage?
How long do your dish cloths and towels last?
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:40 AM   #6
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I live in the country and have my own septic system.

The dish cloths last quite awhile. I don't bleach the towels, I just replace them everyday with fresh ones.

If I don't use the oven, I skip that. And, I only clean the burners that I used that day. If the microwave wasn't used, it gets skipped as well. I also clean the fridge out every week and wash the shelves and crisper drawers. That's either Saturday or Sunday (at this time of year, usually Sunday after I'm done processing the veggies for the day).

Since food is prepped in the kitchen, it is important to me that it is cleaned daily. I don't have to do "deep cleaning" of the kitchen very often (I move the fridge and stove about once every 4-6 weeks so I can clean behind and under them).

It takes me about 30 minutes to do the kitchen (depends on how many dishes I have to hand wash--some days, I have two racks of pots, pans, etc. in addition to a full load in the DW, other days, I don't have a lot of dishes to do by hand).
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I clean as I go. But, being that the kitchen is the least used room in my condo, it never requires too much attention.
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I take care of all of it once a week...daily is just clean as you go.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:55 AM   #9
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I clean as I go as well. It is just after dinner is done, the kitchen gets restored to how it was in the morning. BT--my mother was a surgical R.N. ... probably explains the OCD re: the kitchen.
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Okay, I do this every night before I can go to bed (this is what my mother taught me):...

4. After doing the dishes, clean the sink with Comet (always Comet). Even with a DW, there are still dishes I do by hand that need to be put away before I can go to bed.
5. Change the dish towel for a clean one.
6. Change the hand towel (no wonder I'm always doing laundry).
7. Make sure the sink is rinsed well--refresh the dishcloths by pouring bleach in the sink and then floating the dish cloths overnight...

Run the dishwasher but first put the sink strainers and dish cloths in it--I skip the bleach routine every other night.

Bleach cutting boards.

...

Clean towels every night, towels in the sink with bleach every night, towels in the DW every night.

The used towels go in the sink with bleach THEN into the DW? Do you then wash them in the washing machine after that?


You have rituals for sure. I just clean up after myself occasionally.
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