Nightly Kitchen Cleaning Routine (Printable)

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Recently, I received an email asking if I have a printable nightly kitchen cleaning routine. I’ll confess: tidying the kitchen at the end of the day isn’t usually my chore, so I’ve never given it much thought.

See, we have a rule in our house: the person who cooks the meal doesn’t have to clean up after the meal. I cook 99.5% of our meals, and I clean as I go, so when I’m finished cooking I’m out of there and I don’t feel guilty about it. That’s not to say my family doesn’t have post-dinner tasks; they’re just not my tasks, and after years of nagging my family pretty much knows what needs to be done.

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But for those who are curious, here’s the routine in our house once dinner leftovers have been put away.

Nightly Kitchen Cleaning Routine

  1. Do the dishes: Whether you wash by hand or use the machine, get the dishes clean so you aren’t attracting bugs. 
  2. Clean the sink: Scrub it with soap and water. If it’s scuffed or stained, sprinkle some salt or baking soda on it and scour until it’s clean. 
  3. Run the garbage disposal: Even if you don’t remember putting stuff down the disposer, it’s a good idea to run it for a good 30 seconds with the hot water running to get rid of any crumbs and grime. This goes a long way toward keeping your kitchen drain from stinking, too.
  4. Wipe the counters: Use a counter spray and a microfiber cloth to clean up any spills and crumbs. (Bonus: add peppermint oil to deter mice and ants.)
  5. Take out the trash: This is a sore spot in my house since my husband prefers to smash the kitchen trash down night after night, hauling it outdoors only when he can’t make 4 more inches of space in there. I, on the other hand, am adamant about the trash being emptied nightly. After 16 years, we’ve reached a compromise: he takes out the trash.
  6. Vacuum and/or spot mop spills: Even though I go over the floor as part of my daily cleaning routine, having two cats means we need to give the floor a quick vacuum at night, too.

Of course, if you’re not following my daily cleaning routine you may want to do a few other tasks, such as:

  • Change the dishtowel
  • Microwave your wet sponge for two minutes
  • Wipe out the microwave
  • Put away clutter

There you have it: a nightly kitchen cleaning routine that can be performed in 20 minutes or less. Now, for those of you who like printable routines, here you go:

Nightly Kitchen Cleaning Routine

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