Line the bottom of your oven with foil to catch drips and spills before they get baked on. Next time you purchase a new oven, buy one with a self-cleaning function.
Fill a sink with hot, soapy water before you start preparing each meal. Put cutting boards, knives, mixing bowls, pans and other prep items into the sink right away to prevent food from sticking.
Ask family members to rinse their own plates and load them into the dishwasher as soon as they are done using them. This will eliminate sticking and reduce the need to scrub.
Cut a small pocket in your kitchen sponge. Slip leftover slivers of soap that you normally throw away into the pocket to create a sudsy washing sponge.
Fill a measuring cup with water and a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Run the oven for two minutes to soften baked-on foods so you can wipe them away easily.
Vacuum crumbs from your floors and counters with an electric broom or DustBuster every night before you go to bed. Though it sounds like a hassle, you'll save time in the long run because dirt and grime won't build up. You'll also keep ants and pests away.
Microwave your sponges for one minute every day to keep them free of bacteria and germs. You also can disinfect sponges in your dishwasher.
For a dinner party or gathering, lay paper towels or tablecloths down in the serving area to catch drips, splatters and spills so they never hit your countertops or table.
Place sticky jars and bottles (honey, syrup, etc.) on plastic lids or waxed paper in your cupboard or refrigerator to avoid sticky spills.
Wipe down appliances and other surfaces while you wait for water to boil or other food to finish cooking.
Keep a spoonrest on the stovetop. Cleanup will be easy, and your stove will stay free of grime.
When thawing meat in the refrigerator, place it on a plate to avoid bloody spills. Also, line your fruit and vegetable drawers with paper towels.
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