Commonly used cleaning items in the kitchen 

Sponges

Industrial Wire Scrubber

Dish Soap

Dish Washing Detergent

Disinfectant wipes

Kitchen Rags

Paper Towels

Broom and Dustpan


To avoid a big mess at the end of cooking a meal, CLEAN AS YOU GO. Whenever there's a spare minute in the kitchen (waiting for water to boil, something to bake in the oven) start rinsing dishes, loading the dishwasher, wiping down surfaces, throwing away trash. The more you do while you cook the less you have to do after.

Keep a rag close to you to wipe down scraps and crumbs as you prepare your ingredients and cook your meal.

For hard to scrub pans, let them soak and then use the iron scrubber to break up the residue (not recommended for non-stick pans). Rinse out glasses and dishes immediately after eating to avoid caked on hard to clean stains.

Be sure to scrub your sink often with hot soapy water, as it is one of the dirtiest places in the kitchen aside from the trashcan. 


Here is a great guide from Real Simple on ways to keep your kitchen clean with minimal effort:

Every Day

  • Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher (30 seconds).
  • Wipe down the stove top (one minute).
  • Wipe down the counters (one minute).
  • Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor (two minutes).
     

Every Week

  • Mop the floor (five minutes).
  • Wipe the cabinets, backsplashes, and appliances (10 minutes).
  • Wash the dish rack (four minutes).
  • Wipe the switch plates and phone (one minute).
  • Wipe the inside of the garbage can (one minute).
     

Every Season

  • Empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator (30 minutes).
  • Empty and clean the insides of the utensil drawers (15 minutes).
  • Scrub down the cupboard exteriors (30 minutes).
  • Clean the stove-hood filter (10 minutes).
  • Perform "Shiny Sink 101"

(Source http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/how-to-speed-clean-your-kitchen-10000001086310/index.html)