Let me start by saying this. I HATE cleaning. The less the better! But while I hate cleaning so much, I love when my house is clean and organized. In fact, one of my long term goals is to keep the house in good enough condition that I don’t have to apologize when someone drops by unexpectedly. If this seems silly to you, chapeau to you!!
Especially the kitchen has always been one of those extra difficult areas for me. The countertops got cluttered up, the sink was always messy and the cooktop was greasy and absolutely disgusting.
It took me almost eight years until I finally found this teeny tiny secret for perfectly clean kitchen countertops!
Let’s recap for a second though. When we got married in 2010, I was excited as a peach to be in charge of my own household. I happily cooked and cleaned and did my chores – which lasted for about all of a couple of months until I kinda lost interest in being the cleaning lady 😉 LOL
During this time I fell in love with Windex. I used it for every surface in our tiny apartment, from mirrors to dining table to kitchen countertops. Everything got Windex-ed. Everything but the cat and the rabbit. That tactic seemed like it was a good idea, not only because it smelled clean and fresh, but because it felt like a fast way of cleaning.
About two years ago I started making my own multipurpose cleaning spray with 20 pumps of LOC (Legacy of Clean) into an empty spray bottle and then filled it with water. It worked like a charm, just like Windex, but wouldn’t hurt my hands and didn’t give me itchy rashes.
Using LOC was definitely a better way to clean and I got rid of most other cleaning supplies I had still in my cleaning closet.
My quick and easy way of cleaning up kitchen messes was to spray n’ wipe with a microfiber cloth. For whatever reason though, my gorgeous, brand new IKEA kitchen kept feeling cluttered, dusty and in certain areas just not clean enough!
Enter my tiny secret for perfectly clean kitchen countertops (drumroll) – a simple, wet microfiber cloth! You read that right. Water and a cloth. (Is this girl nuts now? Seriously? THAT’S the secret!? Hang in there and I’ll tell you why this is so genius!)
Using just the wet cloth somehow makes things even more easy. You quickly get all the lost and forgotten spots. You wipe down the ENTIRE area, versus just the spots that look dirty. And best of all, because it’s so simple and fast to wipe down the entire countertops, there’s no reason why I would keep all the clutter around. It encourages me to keep the clutter under control in order to quickly get behind things like cutting boards or appliances – something I rarely did before.
I couldn’t even believe when I started to wipe down our dirty induction cooktop with just water – no toweling dry – and it came out spiffy clean after the water had dried! It’s really that simple.
About once a week I now feel extra inspired to do a deep clean – which really just consists of de-cluttering and cleaning the complete and entire kitchen and quickly wiping down any drips or splatters on the cabinets, as well as wiping down the kitchen sink with my BFF Barkeepers Friend.
Have you heard of Barkeepers Friend!? It’s this white powder that you shake into the sink (ceramic or metal) and then wipe down with a wet microfiber cloth. If you have a farmhouse sink like we do, you know how pots and pans can create marks and streaks on the ceramic. Barkeepers Friend easily removes those in a gentle way and leaves those sinks crystal clear and looking brand new!
This tip and routine may not be earth shattering, but it’s been a huge deal for me in keeping my kitchen nicer and cleaner and it gives me the feeling of being on top of at least one area in the house 😉
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