*This post is sponsored by O-Cedar but all opinions are my own.
I’m always running out of time; time to go to the grocery store, time toget gas on the way home, time before picking Easton up from preschool. As a mom, a college student, and a generally busy person I always want more time but never seem to have enough to accomplish the things I need.So when someone calls me and says “hey can we come over in half an hour” I go into full blown panic mode.
I’m a messy person by nature- something I’ve been working to curtail. I try to stick to a schedule of cleaning that works for me (and that I’ll be sharing soon!) but life happens and sometimes I don’t end up crossing off my list of things to-do until after the kids are in bed because we get so busy!
How I deep clean my kitchen in 30 minutes (or less).
To be fair, deep clean may be a slight exaggeration. If it was a genuine and thorough deep clean it would probably take longer than thirty minutes- ya know?
But at least it will look like you’ve done a deep clean. And you’ll feel comfortable eating, entertaining guests, and just generally being in there.
Start with the dishes.
If you’re better than I am, your dishes go straight into the dishwasher when they’re done and you have no problem getting them done.
If you are like me then you’ve put off the dishes for a day or two and now there’s a clutter climbing out from your sink and spilling onto the counter tops. You don’t want to do the dishes, but they need to be done. You may even be hoping that your spouse/roommate/children will go “oh hey, I did the dishes”, but they also don’t want to do them. So there they sit. Unattended to and annoying.
While I’ve started to make daily dishwashing more of a priority, this isn’t a post about my cleaning lifestyle changes, this is about how to clean your kitchen from top to bottom in thirty minutes or less, so let’s just assume for a minute that you haven’t done the dishes and that you need to clean your house.
So start with the dishes. This will instantly make you feel a) less stressed and b) like this goal is more attainable. Doing the dishes takes at most maybe 5 minutes. A little longer if you’re really particular or have a lot of dishes to do. But as soon as you’re done, your kitchen will instantly feel cleaner.
Next step: clearing and wiping the countertops.
Hopefully your kitchen countertops aren’t a horrible white vinyl like ours, but if they are then I feel your pain. Everything shows up on these ugly, easily damaged things and it makes me a little insane, but the worst part is how dirty they always look.
My mom’s grey granite countertops always look clean, even when they’re not.
Oh the struggle of apartment living.
Anywho, clearing off your countertops and wiping them down is an important step because it will create more space in your kitchen and just generally make your kitchen feel more clean.
You’ll first want to remove things that are taking up too much space and put those where they belong. The faster you can get that done, the better, since we only have thirty minutes here. Sometimes this feels like the most overwhelming task of all for me, because the people in my family have a love for setting things on the kitchen counter and forgetting about them forever. It’s a pain in the butt, but also easily remedied by going to each countertop and moving the things back where they belong. And the more objects you take at once, the better.
If you have a lot of things to move to a lot of places heres an idea:
Grab a laundry hamper or plastic bucket and put all the things from your countertops inside of it (aside from trash/things that belong in the kitchen). Then you can easily go around the rest of the house setting things where they belong without having to run back to the kitchen. It saves you time and energy!
When you come back to the kitchen you’ll want to wipe off counters and the sink. While in a deep clean you may whip out a deep cleaning spray, we’re shooting for fast and furious here. If you absolutely must then break something out and go at it like a maniac, but I prefer to just use hot water. Frankly, you can just use Clorox wipes or a wet rag to get most messes up.
Cabinets, knobs, handles, and appliances
Since you’ve already got a wet rag out, you can easily wipe down appliances and cabinets next. I like to do a quick rub down before people come over just to be sure that there aren’t any messy fingerprints or greasy spills.
The most time consuming of these tasks is easily wiping down our awful white stove-top, but there’s nothing a magic eraser can’t break down. And if I don’t have one on hand (because let’s face it..I’m not as prepared as I would like to be or I wouldn’t be cleaning my kitchen in 30 minutes), then again just use a rag and some hot water. This may require more of a scrub on your end, but it’ll do.
Simply wiping up these messes adds to the overall cleanliness of your kitchen. It can be easily overlooked when you’re in a hurry, but if you do it while you’re speed cleaning it knocks off something you’ll end up doing while you deep clean.
Finally you’ll want to take the remaining time to focus on your floors.
If you’ve got darker floors you may be able to get away with skipping this, or at least a quick sweep. Personally I cannot. We have these horrible white porcelain tiles that show every footprint, so unless I want my house to look like a mess I have to run some kind of mop over it before inviting anyone over.
I like to quickly sweep (or vacuum) over the floor and then break out my O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop.
I love this mop because:
- It’s easily refillable and takes any solution
- It gets my kitchen looking clean in half the time of a regular mop
- The bottle easily comes off with one touch for easy refilling
- The pad is completely washable meaning it’s NO WASTE
- And there’s no batteries required!
It’s also ridiculously affordable and can be found at your local Walmart. It’s
I like to fill up my mop with a solution of my own making. It’s really easy to make and gets the job done great!
To make my easy kitchen floor cleaning solution all you need is:
1/2 cup white vinegar (I heat mine up)
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup hot water
This solution will easily work its way to break down grime and leave your kitchen smelling amazing.
A quick wipe down of the floors is easy with the O-Cedar ProMist and all of it’s great features, so you’ll be able to take care of everything in no time at all. In fact if your goal was a thirty minute clean, you may end up with time leftover to treat yourself before your guests arrive.
This is my quick thirty minute clean routine and while it may not work for everyone, it definitely does the job for me! Let me know if you try it and what you think.