This printable kitchen spring cleaning routine can be used any time of year when your kitchen needs extra attention. If you’ve been keeping up with the weekly kitchen cleaning, its probably already in good shape. Here’s how to get those nooks and crannies spotless, too.
There is a free printable kitchen spring cleaning checklist at the bottom of this entry. First, though, let’s go over what’s involved.
Kitchen Spring Cleaning Step-By-Step
You will need
- Two boxes or bags for clutter
- A trash can and/or recycling bin
- A long-handled duster (see note below)
- Step stool
- Cleaning cloths
- Baking soda
- Homemade all-purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner (or DIY window cleaner)
- Oven cleaner (if yours is not self-cleaning)
- Rubber gloves
- Homemade furniture polish
- Homemade floor cleaner
Start with a clean sink. Empty your sink of any dirty dishes. Either put them in the dishwasher, or hand wash them and put them away. (You’ve already deep cleaned your dishwasher, right?)
Get rid of clutter and trash. Put items that belong in other rooms into one box/bag and set aside. Put items you’re donating into the second box/bag. Use the third bag to gather all trash.
Let the light in. Remove all curtains and take them to the laundry room for washing (below).
Work top to bottom.
- Using your long-handled duster, dust the ceiling fan. (I have a multi-attachment cleaning kit with an extension pole that has a wonderful bristled brush which slips right over the fan blades and cleans them. I love that thing!) Since kitchen fans get greasy, it’s not a bad idea to get on your step stool and spray each blade with cleaner to remove any build-up.
- Remove any pictures or art from the wall and wipe it down with a clean, wet rag. Polish glass picture fronts. Place on the table while you dust (below).
- Dust, in order: the ceiling, the top of shelves, the top of window frames, the corners, the walls, the window casings and sills, the cupboard fronts, and the baseboards.
- Using the glass cleaner, clean light fixtures, windows and other glass surfaces.
- Return pictures to walls.
- Using your step stool and spray bottle of cleaner, de-grease the tops of your cupboards if they don’t reach all the way to the ceiling. (You’ve already done the top of your fridge when you spring cleaned your refrigerator, right?)
Clean the cupboards and drawers. Working one cupboard or drawer at a time, remove everything and clean the interior. Put expired spices and unwanted gadgets into the trash and donation bags as you work. After you’ve cleaned the inside of all the cupboards and drawers, move on to cleaning the exterior, including their handles. Be sure to get the hinges, as greasy dust collects there.
Move on to counter tops and small appliances.
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- Give the inside of the sink a quick scrub and rinse, then fill it with warm, soapy water.
- Remove everything from the counter tops. Clean the counter tops with warm, soapy water. Make a paste of baking soda and water to use as a gentle abrasive on stubborn food spills.
- Before returning small appliances and other items to the counter tops, wipe them down with warm soapy water. Check their bottoms to find less obvious spills, too.
- If you have a microwave, boil a cup of water in it and let sit for one minute. This will loosen any cooked on food. Use a paste of baking soda and water to remove stubborn spills. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Now, for the big stuff.
- Clean the stove top.
- Spray and wipe down appliance fronts.
- Polish any wood furniture. (Now is a good time to remove sticky buildup from your dining set and cover any scratches on the wood if needed.)
- Using a damp, soapy cloth followed by a clean, damp cloth, wipe down the baseboards.
About that oven…
- Open the windows for ventilation. Put on the rubber gloves.
- Spray the oven with oven cleaner and let it sit according to the label.
- While the oven cleaner does its thing, wash your kitchen curtains in the laundry room.
Tackle the trash can. Empty the trash can and take it outside, then clean it.
- Finish cleaning the oven. Be sure to wear rubber gloves!
- Wipe the front of the oven to remove any spilled cleaner.
- Return the dried curtains to the windows.
- Return the clean trash can to the kitchen.
- Sweep the floor.
- Mop the floor.
Now, reward yourself for a job well and thoroughly done!
Printable Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist
(Click here for the .pdf)
Equipment I Use To Do This: