This printable kitchen spring cleaning checklist can be used any time of year to give your kitchen extra attention. If you’ve been keeping up with a weekly kitchen cleaning, it’s 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 Checklist
You will need
- Two boxes or bags for clutter
- A trash can and/or recycling bin
- A long-handled duster
- Step stool
- Cleaning cloths
- Baking soda
- Homemade all-purpose cleaner
- Homemade glass cleaner
- Oven cleaner (if yours is not self-cleaning)
- Rubber gloves
- Homemade furniture polish
- Homemade floor cleaner
1. Start with an empty sink. Empty your sink of any dirty dishes. Either put them in the dishwasher, or hand wash them and put them away.
2. 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.
3. Let the light in. Remove all curtains and take them to the laundry room for washing (below).
4. Work top to bottom. This ensures you’re not stirring up dust that will then on surfaces you’ve already cleaned.
- Using your long-handled duster, dust the ceiling fan. Since kitchen fans get greasy, it’s not a bad idea to get on your step stool and spray each blade with all-purpose cleaner then rub it with a microfiber cloth to remove any build-up.
- Remove any pictures or art from the wall and wipe them down with a damp microfiber cloth. Polish glass picture fronts. Set on the table for now.
- 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, spray the light fixtures, windows, and other glass surfaces and wipe them dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
- 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.
5. 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.
6. Move on to counter tops and small appliances.
- 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 the warm, soapy water and a microfiber cloth. 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 to loosen cooked-on food. Use a paste of baking soda and water to remove stubborn spills. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
7. Now, for the big stuff.
- Launder the kitchen curtains while you perform the following steps.
- Clean the stove top.
- Clean the oven.
- Spray and wipe down appliance fronts.
- Clean the dishwasher.
- Spring clean the refrigerator and the freezer.
- Polish any wood furniture.
- Wash the baseboards.
8. Tackle the trash can. Empty the trash can and take it outside, then deep clean it.
9. Finishing steps.
- Return the dried curtains to the windows.
- Return the clean trash can to the kitchen.
- Sweep or vacuum the floor.
- Mop the floor.
Now, reward yourself for a job well and thoroughly done!
NOTE: This entry originally appeared on April 25, 2012. The checklist has been redesigned and the entry revised for clarity and efficiency.