Rare is the at-home cook who enjoys the process of cleaning up. And that old mantra “clean as you go”—handed down by moms as they make a huge mess—can be tricky to follow. Here, some of America’s best chefs offer surprising tips to ease a range of tiresome chores, from mopping the kitchen floor to erasing stains from an apron.

Whether it’s squeegees for countertops or vinegar on cutting boards, these suggestions will help keep any size kitchen spotless.

Check out the slideshow above for great insider secrets to speed and simplify dreaded KP duty (Kitchen Patrol).

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