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4 Easy Ways to Keep the Kitchen Clean

1. Keep Washcloths Nearby

Moseley keeps one of her kitchen drawers full of white washcloths for quick spills and easy cleaning. "Every morning I pull 2 of them out: one for wiping down kitchen surfaces, the other for cleaning up my daughter after meals," she says. "Both washcloths stay on the sink throughout the day and are used to keep the kitchen, and my daughter, sticky and crumb-free."

2. Wipe Down the Sink

A clean kitchen sink is important for the overall cleanliness of the kitchen. "If the sink isn't sanitized then it's easy to get other things in your kitchen dirty too: dishes, washcloths, scrub brushes, etc.," Moseley notes. "I keep a sponge, and my favorite sink cleaning product, close at hand and then I clean the sink at the end of every day. If I cook with meat then I sanitize the sink immediately after preparing the meal, so I don't get raw meat bacteria on anything else in the kitchen."

3. Run the Vacuum Regularly

Get to those hard-to-reach dust-bunnies and food crumbs as often as you can. "I don't care how much I try to keep crumbs off the floor, somehow they always end up there," Moseley muses. "I find that vacuuming at least every other day, keeps the floors clean and makes the kitchen feel, overall, much cleaner."

4. For An Intense Spring Cleaning, Leave No Stone Unturned

Moseley suggests taking everything out of the cupboards and off the shelves, dusting and cleaning the shelves, then putting everything back. Try to clean on top of the fridge, detail all of the appliances, take everything out of the fridge and freezer and cleaning them, then re-organizing them before putting items back. If you have time, clean the walls of the kitchen. Grease and grime from cooking can get on the walls so it's important to wipe down the walls with soap and water.

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