7 Time Saving Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Today, we’re sharing 7 Time Saving Kitchen Cleaning Tips!

Raise your hand if you believe a calm morning can change the outcome of an entire day?

Right on ladies, me too!

While it takes a a bit of planning the night before, I can definitely tell a huge difference in my attitude on the days I’ve followed a morning routine versus the days I wake up late feeling harried.

It really feels like such a simple luxury to be able to walk out to a clean kitchen, a well-stocked coffee bar and take in the aroma of a brand new day.

Part of being able to wake up ready to tackle the day is making sure the kitchen has been tidied before I go to sleep.  It’s a few simple steps I do every night before bed that makes a huge difference each morning.

Here’s a look at 7 time saving kitchen cleaning tips that will change not only your morning but your evenings too…

Empty the Dishwasher Every Morning

One of the very first things I do every morning is empty clean dishes from the dishwasher. This simple step keeps the dishes from piling up in the sink throughout the day.

It means you have the ability to put your coffee mug directly into the dishwasher before you leave for work. It also means your sink will be empty when you get home and you’ll be ready to handle the dishes that come with making dinner.

My friend from Brooke from Farmhouse 1820 a great tip on how to clean the dishwasher every other month.

Take Care of Spills in the Microwave Immediately

Spills in the microwave are common occurrences. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to clean up chicken noodle soup spills over the years.

We try to wipe down the microwave immediately.  That way, it won’t take as long to clean the dried bits that have splattered.

I usually fill a large pyrex measuring cup with water and sliced lemons. Then I turn the microwave on for 4 minutes or until the water is boiling.

While I’m waiting on the water to boil, I start cleaning other things in the kitchen.  I let the steam sit in the microwave for about 15 minutes then wipe clean.

Make Countertop Spray Easily Accessible

I’ve been using this granite countertop cleaner for a while now and so far I love it.

We usually keep it in a bottle next to the sink with a microfiber cloth so we can use it as needed throughout the day.

It’s a super simple formula to make too even if you’re using an old container like we did here.

Tackle Fingerprints on Stainless Steel

If you have stainless steel appliances you already know fingerprints seem to show up with each use.

I generally use plain distilled white vinegar to clean the fingerprints off, followed by a small amount of coconut oil to polish the stainless steel.

Find the Right Stovetop Cleaner

My sweet friends at 2 Bees in a Pod turned me on to this stovetop cleaner and I’ve been using it ever since. I like the recipe uses natural ingredients and the lemon makes it smell fresh.

If the burned bits are really bad, I add one cup of hot water to the mix, a teaspoon of mild dish detergent and allow the mixture to sit about 20 minutes before wiping clean.

Scrub the Sink Every Night

I’m totally obsessed with using Lemongrass, Orange and Lavender Essential Oils to make a nightly sink scrub. It makes the entire kitchen smell so good.

It also makes the sink shiny, which feels like a high five each night ?

Keep Clutter at Bay

It can be SO easy to leave mail or paper clutter, lunch bags, empty cups, small appliances, family calendars, etc on the kitchen counters and handle it later.

I’m personally a stacker and when my schedule gets really busy I find myself leaving little piles all over the kitchen.

The visual clutter drives me bananas so taking the time to put these things away after every use really helps to keep the clutter at bay.

My brother in law shared the acronym OHIO with me a few years ago and it helps me stay on track.

It stands for Only Handle It Once!

Every time I find myself starting to stack things and procrastinate instead of handling the task at hand, I say that phrase to myself out loud and it works.

I hope these 7 time saving kitchen cleaning tips have helped! Let me know if you have any good ones I should try.

A Few Other Cleaning and Organization Posts You Might Enjoy:

9 Tips for a More Organized Kitchen

How to Organize Your Kitchen Into Work Friendly Zones 

Tips & Tricks for Clutter Free Linen Closets 

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. You are so welcome, I love your stove top cleaner! We’ve spent the last few months transitioning from chemical to natural cleaners so the essential oils have really helped make that happen. I can’t wait to see how you guys like the oils as well as the sink and granite cleaners. I’m obsessed with the orange and lemongrass. It smells amazing! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Hey CoCo – so glad that we could help with your cleaning needs. We love that cleaner and use it every day! Your valuable cleaning ideas are true time-savers as well! Thanks for sharing! Much love.

    1. Oh my word, you guys, I’m obsessed with that cleaning technique! As soon as I see those little burned bit starting to take hold I use your recipe and it works like a charm. I’m so thankful you shared it with me because it’s helped keep our stovetop in great shape without having to use lots of chemicals. Lots of hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  3. These kitchen tips are great, CoCo! We missed you at TTA last week! Hope to see you back tomorrow! Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so much Julie! Last week totally got away from me since it was the first week back in the swing of things but I definitely have your party on my schedule today 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet words and the kind reminder too. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Your post encourages me to Get Back to Cleaning every morning with these tips. Sometimes I despair of finding the best cleaning for my stovetop, but you’ve reminded me that simple baking soda and lemon is probably all I need. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. You are so welcome, Trish! We try to do a little bit each day so it doesn’t all pile up at the end of the week. It’s not always easy, especially when things get super busy but it’s always worth it 🙂 Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo

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