As the center of your home life and the place where both literal and figurative nourishment takes place, your kitchen is the heart of your home. That might be why having a clean kitchen feels like the first step of having a completely clean house. In fact, even if you aren’t able to often achieve that idyllic state of whole-house cleanliness, cleaning your kitchen goes a long way in making it feel like you have.

While tidying your kitchen daily is imperative for maintaining a space that always looks and feels its best, a regular deep cleaning is always a good idea. “Regular deep cleaning” here means something that falls between an after-dinner routine clean-up and a full-blown kitchen refresh (the kind where you soak the greasy oven hoods and dust your fridge’s condenser coils). It’s just enough of a scrub to have your kitchen looking speckless.