Most of us find the kitchen needs more attention than any other room in the house, and this weekly kitchen cleaning checklist will help ensure you get every surface sparkling.
Be sure to read the instructions before printing the chart at the bottom of the entry. As always, I recommend slipping the chart into a plastic page protector and hanging it inside a cupboard where you can refer to it on cleaning day.
Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
You Will Need:
- A box or bag to collect clutter
- Microfiber cloths
- All-purpose cleanser or homemade cleaning wipes
- Scrubbing cleanser
- Glass cleaner
- Broom or vacuum
- Floor cleaner
Start with the clutter: Toss the obvious trash, and sort through what’s left. Everything that belongs in another room should go in a bag and be set aside until you’ve finished cleaning. Now, put away the gadgets and other things that belong in the kitchen.
Do the dishes: If you’ve been following the daily cleaning routine your sink is already empty. Otherwise, wash them or put them in the dishwasher.
Dust the high stuff: Using a long-handled duster (or carefully climbing on a foot stool) clean the ceiling fan, tops of your cupboards and fridge, recessed lighting, and window trim.
Wipe everything down: Using a microfiber cloth and a spray bottle of all-purpose cleanser, clean your cupboard and drawer fronts. Wipe the back-splash. Wipe appliance fronts and tops. Wipe the stove top. Wipe spills off the floor of the oven.
Get the small stuff, too: Wipe down small appliances, light switches and door knobs.
Clean the microwave: Loosen cooked-on food by heating a cup of water for a minute. (Add a slice of lemon to it for a nice fragrance if you like.) Remove the turntable if you have one and wash it. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a microfiber cloth and return the turntable.
Rummage through the fridge: Dispose of any spoiled food. Clean any spills on the refrigerator shelves or floor. Now’s a good time to change out the paper towels lining your produce and meat drawers, too.
Disinfect the sink: In many homes, the kitchen sink is dirtier than the toilet! Wash yours with hot, soapy water and a microfiber cloth then scour it using a homemade soft scrub powder. Or, fill it with hot water, add 1/4 cup bleach, and let it sit before draining, scrubbing and rinsing clean. (Don’t mix bleach with other household cleaners!)
Polish the glass: Using a microfiber cloth and homemade glass cleaner, polish the inside of windows, picture fronts, and any other glass surfaces in the room.
Empty the trash and clean the trashcan outside. Let it air dry and the sun will finish the disinfecting job for you.
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Equipment I’ve Used To Do This: