How to Clean Your Kitchen (for Real This Time)

Sure, you do the dishes after dinner and even reorganized your pantry last month. But when was the last time you cleaned your coffee maker? Or your dishwasher filter? Did you even know your dishwasher has a filter that you should clean? Let’s be honest: we didn’t do it. That’s where this squeaky clean guide comes in. Think of it as your cheat sheet for a kitchen so clean it would sparkle if it were a cartoon. We’ve rounded up the nooks and crannies you definitely don’t scrub often enough (we’re right there with you), plus the tools to get the job done, including dish sponges you can trust and a cleaning product we’d marry , if we could .

Here are cleaning tips for a week—or spread them out over a few weeks if you prefer. Turn on some tunes, grab a pair of rubber gloves and let’s get started.


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