{From the Archives} Make your bench and sink sparkle

I have been busy the past few day’s preparing for my scrapbooking weekend away, so please forgive me today I am reposting an oldie, but it is also a great reminder that something so simple can make a perfect start to the day…a clean kitchen first thing in the morning = Happy Organised Housewife!!ย  Enjoy your weekend – Kat xx

It’s that time of the evening when you have just finished dinner, ready to relax and then you walk into the kitchen and see all the dirty dishes, aah they need cleaning. Do you do them at night, or the next day? Each to their own preference, I prefer to do it in the evenings straight after dinner as I love waking up to a clean kitchen….all ready to mess up again! This is how I maintain a clean kitchen:

  1. I only do the dishes once a day. Life’s to short to be washing dishes more than that, I have better things to do. They can happily pile up in the sink for the evening clean, however I do pack the dishwasher through the day as dishes are used.
  2. Straight after dinner I start the dishes, I wash all pots, pans, cutting boards, Tupperware, lunch boxes, drink bottles etc. I also use my dishwasher daily, washing all crockery, cutlery and cups.
  3. Next, clear away the clutter kids have dropped on the kitchen bench. Your bench will not look tidy until all clutter is removed. I have a basket where I place all their toys, books, paper…stuff they leave around the house. The kids clear the basket each night and put their belongings away. I don’t do it as they need to take responsibility for their own things.
  4. I wipe down the bench using spray and wipe (I hope to try and go green soon using water and vinegar), wiping down the stools and dining table as well.
  5. Empty sink. One squirt spray and wipe on the sponge and wipe down the sink.
  6. Place all sponges in the dishwasher and turn the dishwasher on.
  7. Reality is I don’t dry dishes, they drip dry overnight and I put them away in the morning when I unpack the dishwasher. I know there is alot of other people out there to tell you otherwise it should be done, but who really has the time to dry dishes…certainly not me.
  8. All done, now my benches and sink are sparkling! Usually only takes 15 minutes, then I read the kids a book and put them to bed.
  9. In the morning I put away all the dishes in the rack, unpack the dishwasher and then start making lunches. After lunches are made the kids have usually finished their breakfast I then put their dishes in the dishwasher as well as all the other items I used to make lunches. Then wipe down the bench and it’s as good as new!


Make your benches and sink sparkle EVERY NIGHT before you go to bed so you rise to a beautiful clean kitchen, your day will be so much better for it.

Below, my super sparkly sink!

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Trace June 10, 2011 - 1:59 PM

So you wash your sponges in the dishwasher each night? Now that is a new idea! I like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

julie June 11, 2011 - 3:15 AM

I like this post – an oldie but a goodie!!
I like to clean metallic things including my stovetop with bicarb – it actually cleans the burnt on oops BETTER THAN spray n wipe and orange spray and so many others i have tried
Good old bicarb – great for cleaning the sinks and saucepans too just be careful not to spot rub too hard on the chrome or stainless steel shiny parts ๐Ÿ™‚ and it deodorises too
Great for sneaker-reekers!!

I just wonder…the children clear the clutter basket of their own things…may i ask, what are the consequences if they do not?

Hayley McKaskill November 27, 2012 - 11:27 AM

I do the ‘basket of kids stuff’ also and the consequence is, it gets thrown out- simple as that ๐Ÿ™‚

TMorc June 21, 2011 - 3:48 AM

I was diagnosed a couple of months ago with borderline PND. I found your website by accident through Facebook and you have been awesome in helping me take one step at a time in dealing with the mess and clutter. I love this one in getting your kitchen sink and benches clean. It give me a fresh start to the day. I have even managed to get the hubby to unload the dishwasher in the morning as it lightens my load in dealing with the kids. Thank you Katrina

Katrina June 23, 2011 - 1:51 AM

Your welcome TMorc, I am so happy that it has helped you. This is such a great start and will make you feel so much better each morning you wake up to a clean kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you continue enjoying the website and finding inspiration!

Simone July 12, 2011 - 12:32 AM

I live by this rule, I love waking up to a clean kitchen! I do have a quick question though, I have heard if you put bi carb in the dishwasher that it cleans it out, is this true?? I would love to hear your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

Katrina July 19, 2011 - 10:00 AM

Yes I sprinkle in the bicarb, splash of vinegar, sit for 5 min, then if stubborn dirt give a light scrub, otherwise pour in some hot water to wash away.

Francesca February 29, 2012 - 7:01 AM

I stumbled across your site through facebook. All I want to say is THANK YOU! Also, If you’re looking for a green solution to your cleaning products I highly recommend http://www.keen2kleen.com.au. They have the mixes made up for you and add fragranced oils of your choosing(I love the coconut one). They sell a variety of cleaning products to meet your needs and they also do skincare/eauty products.

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 9:44 AM

Thankyou I will have a look

Mely March 6, 2012 - 3:53 PM

Ok this sounds very easy, daily i spend maybe 4 hours cleaning my kitchen =( i don’t know whyyyy??? maybe cause i don’t have dishwasher but i think i will buy one for sure, but if i want to do what you are doing to maintain clean the kitchen i suppose need to buy also more plates, pots, glasses, forks, knifes, etc…im reaaaly tired to spend so much time in the kitchen =(… thanks.
atte, desperate housewife at the kitchen =(

Kari June 12, 2013 - 3:49 PM

Gumption for everything

Katrina June 17, 2013 - 11:46 AM

I love gumption too, gets most stubborn marks away


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