Introduction: How to Clean a Kitchen(basic Level)

Throughout my college experience I have experienced many roommates; all of them different and unique.  Although, there was one tiny issue that all of my roommates seemed to have.  None of them knew how to clean properly.  No matter how much I tried, I could not keep our apartment clean.  Everyday I would come home to dirty dishes and filthy clothes scattered across the apartment.  I was in utter distress, I even started to acquire their habits of leaving the apartment in filth. 
After evaluating these situations I came to realize something; perhaps the reason that my roommates didn't clean was not out of laziness, but because they did not know how to clean.  I took for granted that me and my roommates came from different backgrounds. I grew up with a mother and grandmother that wanted the home spotless, this meant that me and my siblings were forced from an early age to learn how to clean the proper way. Or else suffer hours of nagging and hostility.  Although I do not know that much about my roommates childhoods, I can speculate that learning how to clean was not as important as it was in my home. 
So in order to help those young adults who are thrust out of their homes to start their own lives, I have created a step by step list of how to clean a kitchen. 

This set of instructions is a very basic.  This is meant to instruct people on how to clean a kitchen after they have cooked and eaten food.  Many of these steps will need to be expanded or shortened, depending on the situation.

(Note: For those who know how to clean a kitchen you may get annoyed by the amount of instructions I have produced. But these instructions are meant to help people who were deprived of manual labor as a child.)

Step 1: Assess the Situation and Gather Supplies.

The first step in cleaning a kitchen is assessing the situation and gathering the supplies necessary to clean the area.

In images 1-3 we see how dirty to kitchen is.  In most situations food will still be left out and their will be dirty dishes and trash scattered throughout the kitchen.

In images 4-8 we see the supplies necessary to clean.

4:Dish Soap
5:Cleaning solution
7: Multi-purpose towel(rag/wipe)
8: Tuberware (Used to put away extra food)

Step 2: Put Away Clean Items.

Before we get to cleaning, we must first put away any clean items. This includes clean dishes and food ingredients.

First we put away any clean dishes that have been drying since the last time the dishes were cleaned.

In images 1 and 2 we see me putting away dishes in their proper storage area. 

For every kitchen this will be different, but generally each type of dish will get its own designated area. The silverware will have its own area, the glasses will have their own area, the plates will have their own area, and the other items will have their own area. 

In image 3 we see ingredients being put away. As with dishes, each type of ingredient will get its own place in the kitchen. Such as spices going with the spices. 

Step 3: Put Away Extra Food.

Sometimes when we cook we tend to make extra food. When we do this we can store the extra food for later by placing it in the marvelous invention called tuberware. 

In the images we see the progression of putting extra food away.

Image 1: Placing the tuberware near the extra food.
Image 2: Putting the extra food in the tuberware.
Image 3: Closing the tuberware.
Image 4: Putting the tuberware in the fridge.

Step 4: Throw Away Trash.

This step is fairly simple, but in my experience it is easy to mess up.
For this step we simply gather all the items that cannot be reused or cleaned and throw them away. In the trash can.

Image 1: We gather all the trash.
Image 2: We place the trash in the garbage can.

(Warning: These images look disgusting. This is due to the nature of trash, so I apologize if anyone becomes grossed out by their nature.)

Step 5: Prep the Cleaning Area.

Now that all the other items are out of the way we can finally get down to the dishes. But before we start washing we must first prep the area.The images show the progression of prepping the cleaning area.

Image 1: Make sure everything is cleared from the sink.
Image 2: Put the dish dryer on the counter. (This is so you can have more space for rinsing later.)
Image 3:  Put the plug in the sink and pour in some dish soap. (A little can go a long way so don't get crazy.)
Image 4: Turn on the faucet to make some soapy water in the sink.

Step 6: Wash the Dishes.(Part A)

Now it is time for the step we have all been waiting for. This step is the longest and most time consuming. If you just follow along with both the images and instructions, we can get through this. I have separated this step into four so you will not get confused. In Part a we start out with silverware.

Image 1: Put the silverware in the soapy water.
Image 2: Scrub and clean the silverware.
Image 3: Rinse.
Image 4: Set in the dish dryer so it can dry.

Step 7: Wash the Dishes.(Part B)

After the silver ware it is best to wash any plates and bowls that were used.

Image 1: Put the bowls and plates in the soapy water.
Image 2: Scrub and clean the bowls and plates.
Image 3: Rinse.
Image 4: Set in the dish dryer to dry.

Step 8: Wash the Dishes.(Part C)

After the bowls and plates are clean we move on to cups and glasses.

Image 1: Put all the cups and glasses in the soapy water.
Image 2: Clean and scrub the cups and glasses.
Image 3: Rinse.
Image 4: Set in the dish dryer to dry.

Step 9: Wash the Dishes.(Part D)

After the cups and glasses are all clean, we can move on to the big items. Now we must wash the pots, pans and other cooking devices that we have used.(In this last stage of washing some steps might have to be modified depending on the size of the cleaning job.)

Image 1: Put the cooking devices in the soapy water. (Depending on how dirty the water is you might have to refill the water at this point.)
Image 2: Clean and scrub the cooking devices.
Image 3: Rinse.
Image 4: Set aside to dry. (In many cases there might not be enough room in the dish dryer to place the cooking devices, at this point you can place the cooking devices in the sink where you have been rinsing the dishes. After all the dishes are cleaned you will not need this space anymore.)

Step 10: Wipe Down.

After all the dishes are cleaned it is time to wipe down the counter and stove.
This step is relatively simple (just make sure to wipe down every kitchen surface, including the sink).

Image 1: Spray the surface.
Image 2: Wipe the surface.

Step 11: Put Away Dishes.

This is the final step to a clean kitchen. After the dishes are done drying we put them away where they belong.
In the images we see the dishes being put in their proper place.

Step 12: Admire.

Rejoice, we are finally done with cleaning the kitchen. It can be time consuming, annoying, and even disgusting at times.  But in the end a clean kitchen is well worth it. A clean kitchen helps prevents pests, helps keep your home sanitary, and helps you feel good about where you live. So relax and revel in your hard work.