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Old 08-05-2018, 01:51 PM   #16
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Yeah, I can't keep up with the floor.

This is what I do each night:

I lightly mist the worst areas with my homemade cleaning spray. I put a piece of paper towel under each foot and just slide around to wipe it up. It's good enough for now. I also have my kids do this but I'm more thorough. With dirty bare feet, dogs, in and out all day, I just embrace that a kitchen floor that gets dirty every day means we're having a a great summer. So, a little wiping is good enough in between deep cleanings.

Our microwave is storage for crackers and snacks. I love not having to clean a microwave. Worst job ever.
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The 'moping' routine in our house is I spray soptsand the girls wipe up the bubbles. itworkedbetterwhenni had one under 5 because then it was fun. ocasionally I will spray the floorand asked the girls ( I will do this as well) to wipe it up with there socked feet, the socks then go straight into the kitchen laundy.

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I just wipe the microwave out any time something spills. But that doesnít happen often because we always cover our food before microwaving: https://www.amazon.com/Vented-Microw.../dp/B00Q62PMG8

Flooró I have the swiffer that comes with the wet pads. Itís not the wet jet. But I donít use the pads that comes with it because of chemicals. Hereís how to make your own: https://happymoneysaver.com/make-swiffer-wet-pads/




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Old 08-06-2018, 06:06 AM   #19
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Oh I realized something this morning that has helped me so so much in kitchen cleaning.it sounds really counter productive but it has helped.

I don't try to always get something all the way clean. I just wipe it down every day. So every day I wipe the inside door of the stove and the microwave insodeand out.when I started doing this 6 months ago it didn't seem like I was doing any good but I just at it. Now the inside of my oven door isn't black and I can see in the window.

My inclination is that if I am going to clean it I have to completely scrub it untill it is all the way clean to start it. But that takes a tun of time and doesn't happen very often but I simply wipeing it down every day I have made and kept up with kuch lore progress than all of my deep cleaning before.

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Oh I realized something this morning that has helped me so so much in kitchen cleaning.it sounds really counter productive but it has helped.

I don't try to always get something all the way clean. I just wipe it down every day. So every day I wipe the inside door of the stove and the microwave insodeand out.when I started doing this 6 months ago it didn't seem like I was doing any good but I just at it. Now the inside of my oven door isn't black and I can see in the window.

My inclination is that if I am going to clean it I have to completely scrub it untill it is all the way clean to start it. But that takes a tun of time and doesn't happen very often but I simply wipeing it down every day I have made and kept up with kuch lore progress than all of my deep cleaning before.

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Oh that is a really good point!
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Flylady recommends that, too. Half-hearted frequently adds up to more than whole-hearted sporadically.

A good time to wipe the microwave is right after something steamy. I used to always do it while tea was steeping, after heating the water. I tend to use the coffee machine now for hot water, so it's harder to remember, but another time is when you are finishing up handwash dishes...to take a quick swipe before putting away the sponge. You can set a mug of water to heat while doing the dishes if you anticipate something being stuck on.
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Do you always cover things when heating in the microwave? I have not quite trained dh to always always do this but it really does cut down on most of the microwave issue.

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Yes, we cover every single time. The cover is dishwasher safe, too. So itís easy to clean.


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No, we don't cover at all.
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No, we don't cover at all.
That could make a huge change in how much and how hard cleaning the microwave is.

They have plastic or glass things that are designed to sit over a plate in the microwave.

I have these silicone bowl covers that I just toss on top of everything.

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Wow, the half-hearted cleaning has really worked well! I'm amazed! I still can't keep up with the kitchen floor or the tub, but the rest of the kitchen and the rest of my house look pretty good. I wouldn't feel embarrassed if someone showed up unannounced!
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no kids or husbands allowed in kitchen.. Keeping nothing but vegetables in stock helps cut down on the above a lot..
Eating out often helps tremendously...
I'm 100% sure these methods work I just need to get my family and husband on board..
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BTW no our kitchen doesn't really look that bad all the time. Its an old photo when M was still a toddler and well life...
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I've heard that half-hearted wiping the shower/tub daily at the end of your shower also does wonders, but I haven't field tested that one. Too many days where we're rushing to be somewhere or someone else needs get in there next. But in theory...it probably works...
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