Cleaning the kitchen doesn’t have to be a daunting, time-consuming task. The secret to getting it done in 20 minutes is good preparation and a good system. Have all of your supplies handy and then ready, set, clean!

For this speed clean, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • soft cloth
  • sponge
  • 5 lemon slices
  • microwave-safe bowl
  • old sock
  • rubber band
  • broom
  • 1 cup white vinegar

Minutes 1 – 5: Clean Your Kitchen Sink

Wet the entire surface of your sink with warm water. Sprinkle baking soda onto the surface and rub it in with a soft cloth or sponge until it forms a paste. Then, rinse! Note: If you have a copper or stone sink, follow these special instructions.

Minutes 5 – 7: De-Clutter the Kitchen

If you’re kitchen is uber-cluttered, you won’t get everything in two minutes. But, you’ll be able to make a big dent by clearing out any surface-level trash like old coupons, takeout bags and anything else that’s lying around your countertops.

Minutes 8 – 10: Clean Your Microwave with Lemon

Put 1 cup of water and 5 lemon slices into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it on high for 3 minutes, and then let the bowl sit for a full 2 minutes (you can go on to the next step while it sits). When you’re done, the microwave will be clean! Carefully remove the bowl of water and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a warm, damp sponge. Curious how this trick works? Check out our full step-by-step.

Minutes 10 – 12: Clean Under the Fridge

Grab a broom, put an old sock around the handle (fasten it in place with a rubber band) and swab the area out. We call this method the “crack attack.”

Minutes 12 – 15: Clean Your Sponges in the Microwave

Now that your microwave is clean, it’s time to kill the bacteria on your sponge. Microwave a wet sponge on the highest setting for two minutes. Carefully remove the sponge and let it cool before use.

Minutes 15 – 16: Disinfect and De-Stink Your Dishwasher

Pour one cup of distilled white vinegar in the bottom of the empty dishwasher and start a complete cycle on the hottest temperature setting. 

Minutes 17 – 20: Wipe Down Counters & Stovetop

And finally, wipe down the stovetop and counters. Wipe away any residual food, dust or suspicious spots with your cleaning product of choice and a paper towel or soft cloth.

And in less time than it takes to watch a Big Bang Theory episode, you have a clean kitchen. Can you get it done in 20 minutes? Time yourself and tell us in the comments!

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