You've been cleaning your kitchen wrong – expert reveals 'correct' order to do it in

IF we had to list all the household chores we hate doing then cleaning the kitchen would take first place.

So it'll come as no surprise that we normally just give the counters, hob and fridge a quick wipe down and call it day.

Well now a cleaning expert has revealed the "correct" way we should be tackling this task – and it'll make your life SO much easier in the long-run.

Writing for Taste of Home, Erica Young urged people to adopt a "top to bottom" approach.

The cleaning pro said: "Start with the cabinets and work your way down, ending with the floor.

"That way, even if it ends up covered with drips and dust, you’ll only have to clean it once."

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To begin with, soak a microfibre cloth in hot soapy water and make sure to wring it out so it's not dipping wet.

If you skip this step, the excess water has the potential to damage any paintwork or make any MDF warp.

To save yourself some time in the future, the expert recommends popping some waxed paper or baking parchment on top of you cabinets to collect dust.

Next, tackle the hob – either with glass spray or dish soap depending on what type you have.

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After this, Erica said you should turn your focus to the fridge.

Once you've thrown away any out-of-date food, the expert recommends running a damp microfibre cloth along the shelves and the rubber seals to mop up any spillages.

In accordance with her "top to bottom" method, Erica said the sink should be next and she urged people to get a specialist stainless steel spray to get it gleaming.

Rather than using another spray inside the microwave, the pro said to pour half a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of water into a bowl and heat it for eight minutes in there.

‘Correct’ order to clean your kitchen:

  1. Cabinets
  2. Hob
  3. Fridge
  4. Sink
  5. Microwave
  6. Counters
  7. Floors

This chemical-free solution will dislodge any food debris – making it much easier to wipe down.

And while it's normally the first thing we do, Erica says now is the time to tackle your surfaces.

She added: "Wipe down countertops with a microfiber cloth and warm, soapy water or your favourite all-purpose cleaner."

As for the floors, the expert said you should begin by giving them a thorough vacuum – specifically tackling corners where crumbs gather under cupboards and island units.

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She continued: "To clean grout, apply a paste made of water and baking soda, then pour equal parts warm water and vinegar into a spray bottle.

"Spritz the vinegar-water mix on the paste, then scrub the grout using an old toothbrush. Wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth."

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