Kitchen Cleaning Tips for Stress Free Holiday Entertaining

Posted on December 15, 2011. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: |

Atlanta Cleaning Service - Kitchen Cleaning TipsOnce you have had your home cleaned by an expert Atlanta maid service to prepare for holiday guests, the last thing you want to do is spend all of your time maintaining the sparkle.

One of the most troublesome areas is the kitchen. You need to use the kitchen to prepare the holiday feast, but you want it to be clean and orderly when your guests arrive.

Here are six quick kitchen cleaning tips to help you quickly clean up so that you can spend more time with your guests.

Tip # 1 – Keep your counters pristine

Cover the counter with butcher or wax paper before making a mess; and just fold up the paper with the scraps and toss it away when you’re done.

Tip # 2 – Prep your dirty dishes on the go

Fill your sink with hot soapy water – as you work, toss in the tools and dishes you’ve used and let them soak. When it is time to load the dishwasher, a quick drain and rinse is usually all that is needed.

Tip # 3 – Keep scraps out of the way

Keep a bowl beside your cutting board. (If you compost, use two bowls – one for compostable, and another for non-compostable scraps). Toss scraps into your bowl(s) as you work. When you are done, empty your scrap bowl(s).

Tip # 4 – Clean in stages

Once you are done with the food prep stage, put your dishes into soapy water. Put away any items you don’t need for the cooking stage. Do a similar deck clearing at each stage to make working easier and buildup lighter.

Tip # 5 – Stave off stickiness

Line your baking and roasting pans with foil or parchment paper to save scrubbing later. Coat measuring utensils with non-stick spray so sticky ingredients like honey and peanut butter will slide right out and clean up easily.

Tip # 6 – Use your downtime wisely

While the water is boiling, the oven heating, or onions are softening in the pan, handle those small-dose kitchen cleaning tasks like loading or emptying the dishwasher, wiping spills, or sweeping.

Remember, as host or hostess of holiday gatherings, you don’t want to be locked in the kitchen. Use these tips to get your kitchen clean quickly so that you can socialize.

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Those are some great cleaning tips – I swear by tip number 4 myself! Simplicity has made my life better as well. I was wondering if you, in your many years of cleaning service, have ever heard of a great stain remover that I use all the time – 1000+ Stain Remover – I love this cleaning product and it could be your tip number 7!!! I keep a spray bottle, diluted with 8 parts water and 2 parts 1000+ in a couple of heavy traffic areas of my house, the kitchen, both bathrooms, the laundry room, the garage, etc. From greasy stove tops to fingerprints on walls, to old paint stains on quarter-round, to red wine stains on carpet, clothing, etc. it has saved me money, time, clothing, carpets, etc. I thought you and your readers would be interested in this product – this is the website for more info.: Let me know what you think! Claire

Thanks for the info, but I dont think it is a “green” product. ? I will look into it!

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