First Things First
Clean/wipe counters using Windex.
Marble needs special care. (see blog)
Spray and wipe the stove, top, pans, and front. You can use Green Works or try Simple Green - it comes concentrated, use it diluted only slightly for very greasy jobs, or use Dawn Dish detergent. Many people keep Windex under their sinks for quick clean ups.
Wipe out the inside of refrigerator quickly, front of shelves and door shelves,(schedule another time for a detail clean).
I like to use Scrubbing Bubbles foam for a thorough clean inside the refrigerator. Be sure to rinse it. (Dawn is recommended)
Cleaning The Sink
Wash the kitchen sink last if you are going to dump the dirty bucket of water down it. ( I prefer to dump it in the toilet, less clean up). If you keep on top of things Windex or Green Works is all you need. I use a Chore Boy Stainless Scrubbie on stainless, it doesn't scratch. If you have "Lime build up" try some Kaboom. and an old toothbrush. Comet or Scrub Free works in a Porcelain sink
those difficult Louvred Doors!
Those Louvered doors or windows are a pain - all those little slats! Many times these surfaces are not even properly sanded. This makes it very difficult.
Cleaning a Microwave
Microwaves are often messy with splatters of food. Soften the food first (steam it) This is how:
Clean/wipe down cabinets. It is a good idea to keep up with this because oils and dirt from hands can eat away a finish.
I like to use Green Works from Clorox. There is a stronger concentrate for tough jobs.
Also Pine Sol or Murphy's oil soap works well to remove finger prints without harming the finish.
Using Steamers for Cleaning
If you are really concerned about germs - a good way to sanitize an area after you have cleaned, is to use a steamer. The steam kills everything. Think toilets!
There are some FLOOR steamers, one word of caution KEEP THEM MOVING! They CAN MELT some vinyl floors
To Clean Floors
First sweep. dust and vacuum. It's good to remove the dry dirt before using liquids.
I use a dash of Mr Clean and ammonia in a bucket of water and use a mop. There are also many floor machines that look like a vacuum, but they will clean a floor if you don't like to mop.
For Tools see Clean Floors
Clean top down to bottom
In Jeff Campbell's book "Speed Cleaning", (see Book Shop page) he recommends dusting upper areas so the dust settles down on the floor, where it will be vacuumed or swept up. Saves time.
Remove Dirt First
Remember to remove dry dirt before you add liquid because dirt + liquid = MUD!
Wipe 3 Times
A study showed that wiping 3 times removed more bacteria