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The text says your guests are popping in to say hello but you have a sink full of dishes with baked on casserole on the plates and baking dish. “Scrubbing food off dishes is time consuming, but if you let your dishes soak and the food will fall off,” says Jaime Kulaga, owner of Two Maids and a Mop. Before you start cleaning the rest of kitchen, fill the sink with hot water and a squirt of dish soap and let the dishes soak. By the time you are sprucing up the rest of the kitchen, the baked on food will lose its grip and you can quickly wash the dishes.
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If you want to clean your kitchen fast, follow the old rule of top to bottom and front to back. “It saves time so you are not doubling up on the work,” says Kulaga. “If you clean the counter before you clean the top of the stove hood, you will have to clean the counter again as debris falls below.” (Find out 11 ways you’re cleaning your kitchen wrong.)