Quick Cleaning Tip – Wipe Kitchen Benches

Cleaning for me is a lot about doing the little things all the time that make the big jobs easier. That’s what my quick cleaning tips series is all about. Some tips are obvious, but when these habits lapse, household tasks get more difficult and so are more likely to be put off for another day. Here’s today’s tip:

Believe it or not, I actually learnt this tip from watching my husband. Whenever he cooks on the barbecue, after he’s finished cooking but before he puts the meat (yes, it’s usually meat!) on the table, he scrapes down and cleans up the barbecue. This got me thinking – why don’t I do that in the kitchen? So that’s today’s tip: Spend 30 seconds wiping up benches/putting cooking utensils in the dishwasher etc before putting your meals on the table.

But won’t the food get cold? That was always my hang-up – but really, food in restaurants isn’t served the second it gets cooked, and I’m not suggesting you spend half an hour getting the kitchen spotless – just a quick tidy up. I must admit, I’m generally good at doing this for breakfast and lunch, but it generally falls over at dinner time…something I keep working on.

As an aside, the blog posts have been pretty scant this week – stomach bugs and colds have struck our house this week. Hopefully things will get back on track next week…


  1. Stopping b from New Friend Friday. This is a very good point…I feel a little more relaxed when I sit down to dinner and am not staring at a huge mess. I am a new follower.

  2. I try to stay in this habit, sometimes fatigue and laziness takes over, but really, this is the best way to stay clean. Found you from new friend Friday, I’ll follow for more cleaning inspiration. I need all the inspiration I can get!

  3. Great tip! I “attempt” something like that on some days. It doesn’t always work but great idea though. I’ll keep it in mind and try it more often. I just found you from The Girl Creative, New Friend Friday. Check out my recipe blog if you get a chance! Thanks!

  4. That’s a great idea and I always try to do it. Too bad Hubby never has the patience to let me do it and he begs to do it after and then it never gets done!

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