Kitchen Cleaning:
Mopping Floors and Washing Dishes
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Part 1: Listen and Read: Read along with the audio recording.

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One of the chores I dislike the most is cleaning the kitchen. On Saturdays, I usually do a thorough job of cleaning the entire kitchen. First of all, I clean all of the dishes, put them in the dish drainer to air dry, and then scrub out the kitchen sink. (Because our dishwasher is broken, I have to do everything by hand.) After they are dry, I put the dishes away in the cupboard. Next, I clean off the stove top, wipe down the counter tops, and clean the walls. I also organize the cupboards to make sure we are stocked up on food. Once that is done, I put the kitchen chairs on the table, wipe down the legs, and then sweep the floor with a broom and a dustpan. After that, I mop the entire floor.

Part 2: Discussion

Who is in charge of cleaning the kitchen in your family? Do you do the dishes by hand or do you have a dishwasher? Is a dishwasher even a common kitchen appliance most people have in your hometown? What benefits or disadvantages are there to having children help with the cleaning in the kitchen?

Part 3: Online Investigation

There are hundreds of kitchen cleaning supplies from which to select, but choosing products can be a difficult experience? What is the advantage of Product A over Product B? More and more people are discovering simple, homemade cleaning recipes that can be prepared with common household supplies. Use the Internet for basic cleaning solutions and tips that people can prepare that don't require you to purchase expensive cleaning supplies.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from


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