Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday Motivation: Clean your kitchen counters




After making and serving Easter dinner I am in need of a clean kitchen.  How 'bout you?  I'll work on the floors and cabinets later, but today my counters need a bit of work.  This should be a pretty easy and quick job.  Ready?

1.  Remove EVERYTHING from the counters.  This is a good time to decide if everything you keep on the counters really needs to be there.

2.  Clean the counter tops with your choice of cleaner.  I usually use Simple Green diluted in a spray bottle, followed by Sparkle cleaner.  For any stubborn spots, I use a Mr. Clean magic sponge.  My counters are laminate so if you have a speciality stone, use a stone cleaner/polisher after wiping them down with a dishrag and some dish detergent.  I used to use a laminate polish when I had a counter with a shiny finish.  One warning, though - your counter will be as slippery as running on a freshly waxed wooden floor in your stocking feet- so watch out that nothing slides across the counter and crashes into the sink. (I'm jus' say'n)

3.  While you're at it, clean the backsplash too with an appropriate cleaner.  Don't forget the area where the backsplash and the counter meet.  Stuff hides there.  If necessary, use an old soft toothbrush to scrub the area and then give it a good wipe.

4.  Before returning items to the counter, give them a good wipe down.  Empty the crumbs out of the toaster, polish the coffee pot and the canisters.  Remember - less stuff on the counter means more counter space to work and less stuff to clean around the next time.

 Can you think of anything I've forgotten?

3 comments:

  1. Great tips! My kitchen is small, so I am super picky about no extra clutter on the counters, I just can't stand how it turns so quickly into chaos!! :) One thing I'm working on is making sure that the coffee maker gets wiped down so it looks nice. Thanks for sharing this!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  2. hmm, now I just need to figure out how to get Easter egg dye off my counters. :)

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  3. Did you try a Mr. Clean Magic Sponge? They usually work on stubborn stains.

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