From The Good Housekeeping Housekeeping Book, 1947
Cleaning the Kitchen
Daily Care: The cleaning of the kitchen is a three-times-a-day job. When a meal is over the dishes should be washed and the kitchen straightened up before you go about other household work. Here are the steps to follow:
- Remove dishes from the table, scrape and rinse under the faucet if they need it. Stack neatly at one side of the sink.
- Put away foods that belong in the refrigerator.
- Clear away waste food. Get rid of grounds from coffee or tea pot and empty cooking utensils which have been soaking during the meal.
- Clean sink so that it will be ready for dishwashing.
- Prepare dishwater and wash, dry and put away dishes.
- Sweep the kitchen floor at least once daily.
- Last, empty the waste-paper basket and garbage container and put a clean liner or garbage bag in the garbage container.
Weekly Care: If the kitchen is kept in good order each day and equipment is cleaned every time it is used, weekly cleaning of the kitchen can be reduced to a minimum.
- Put the kitchen in order as in daily care.
- Clean range.
- Defrost and clean the refrigerator.
- Wash and air vegetable bins, bread and cake boxes.
- Clean and wash one or two cupboards, cabinets and drawers in rotation weekly.
- Clean garbage container. If paper liners are used, washing in hot soap and water is usually sufficient.
- Clean soil and fingerprints from washable surfaces such as woodwork and cabinets, window sills, and wall behind sink and range.
- Dust window shades and Venetian blinds.
- Wash and wax the floor with a non-polishing wax.
Seasonal Care of Kitchen:
- Wash lighting fixtures and globes.
- Clean or wash window shades or Venetian blinds.
- Wash woodwork and walls.
- Take down curtains for laundering. Do this on a day when you are doing other laundry work.
- Wash windows.