Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

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Use this weekly kitchen cleaning checklist to get a professional-level cleaning that never misses a spot.

Woman wearing apron and rubber gloves cleans ceramic cooktop as part of weekly kitchen cleaning routine

In most rooms of your home, you can decide at a glance (or a sniff) whether you need to clean. Musty odors or dirty surfaces in the bedroom or living room aren’t a big deal. But in the kitchen, by the time things smell bad, they’re often attracting household pests. And, of course, preparing meals in a dirty room is never a good idea.

Even though you may not have time to clean bedrooms or living rooms every week, don’t skip cleaning your kitchen. Getting rid of grease and crumbs will go a long way to helping the rest of your home look presentable, too. But if you want to get your kitchen truly clean and do it efficiently, use this weekly kitchen cleaning checklist.

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

It takes around an hour to do the entire checklist in a large kitchen and less time if your kitchen is on the smaller side. You’re free to do it all at once or break it into one or two sections every day throughout the week. Either way, once you’ve finished cleaning your kitchen with this checklist, you can trust you’ve done a thorough job and not skipped a thing.

Equipment and Materials You Need

  • A box or bag to collect clutter
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Long-handled duster (optional)
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Soft scrubbing cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Mop
  • Floor cleaner

Steps to Clean Your Kitchen

1. Tackle trash and clutter. Grab a bag and pick up everything that belongs in another room. Put this bag aside until you’re done cleaning. Next, put away things left sitting on your counter that belong in drawers or cabinets. Toss any trash you find, too, and keep going until your countertops and table are clear.

2. Empty the sink. If you’ve been following my daily cleaning routine, your sink is already empty. Otherwise, wash the dishes or put them in the dishwasher. Don’t scrub the sink yet, though: you’re just emptying it, so you’ve got room to work.

3. Clean the dusty spots. Grab a long-handled duster and use it on the blades of your ceiling fan, tops of your cupboards and fridge, over recessed lighting bulbs, and on your window trim. Don’t worry about getting these areas spotless — that’s more of a deep-cleaning concern — but go over them lightly to keep dust under control.

4. Clean the grimy spots. Using a microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner, clean your kitchen table and chairs. Then wipe your cabinet doors and drawer fronts, appliance fronts, and stovetop. Wipe spills off the floor of the oven. Be sure to rinse your cloth often to remove dust, and change to a fresh cloth if yours starts to look grimy.

5. Clean what’s on the counter. Pull small appliances forward, wipe them on all sides, and then wipe the area where they usually sit to get rid of greasy or dusty buildup. Spray and wipe any light switches and doorknobs in your kitchen, too.

6. Clean the microwave. Remove the turntable if you have one and wash it. Then wipe the inside of the microwave with a damp microfiber cloth and return the turntable. (Here’s how to clean a really dirty microwave if a simple wipe-down won’t do.)

7. Dispose of any spoiled food. Rummage around in your fridge and toss any old leftovers, spoiled produce, or food that’s starting to look or smell “off.” 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.

8. Clean the sink. Giving the sink a quick wash is also part of the daily cleaning routine. If yours has been full of dishes, now that it’s empty, you should give it a quick wash with hot, soapy water and a microfiber cloth. To get rid of any stains, scour it with Bar Keeper’s Friend or a homemade soft scrub powder.

9. Polish glass surfaces. Using a microfiber cloth and homemade glass cleaner, polish the inside of windows, picture fronts, and any other glass surfaces in the room.

10. Take out the trash. If it’s a nice day, rinse your trash can outside. Let it air dry, and the sun will disinfect it, too. If the bottom of your trashcan often looks gunky, try lining it with an old newspaper then sprinkling a layer of baking soda on top of that. The paper will catch drips, and the baking soda will help absorb them while killing odors, too.

11. Clean the floor. Cleaning the kitchen floor is the final step that pulls it all together. Pick up floor mats or area rugs and any chairs or stools that are in the way. Use the long-handled duster to go over your baseboards, then sweep or vacuum the floor. Finally, mop it using a homemade floor cleaner or your favorite mopping solution, and let it dry before you put everything back.

Printable Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Ready for the printable checklist? Slip it into a plastic page protector to make it reusable — just cross off things as you go using a dry-erase marker or crayon. When you’ve finished the checklist, wipe it clean and it’s ready for reuse next week.

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Routine
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15 Comments

  1. RedOakLane says:

    Great list.  I need this.  Toss out the clutter….ugh!  I know my counters should have less stuff on them and they do look neater when it’s not there.

    1. Katie Berry says:

       Clutter builds up on mine, too. Everyone in the house walks in through the garage and sets stuff down on the island (grrr) or the kitchen desk. But do they pick it up later? No, no they do not. That task falls to me, and I’m pretty ruthless about getting rid of stuff that’s not tax-related, irreplaceable or mine. Every so often I wind up tossing out something my husband or kids claim was super important (Fantasy Football team picks or the latest weird-looking rock my son found outside) and they get better about picking up after themselves. For a while.

  2. This is a great list! I really, really do need to clean out my kitchen especially the clutter! Have a great day 🙂

    1. Katie Berry says:

       Thanks, Raquel, you have a great day, too!

  3. Roar Sweetly says:

    What a fabulous checklist, think I should stick this to the fridge!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you found it useful, and thank you for the nice comment!

  4. I love all these checklists. I’m in the process of making a household binder and these will be perfect for my cleaning section. My only question is, do you have any plans of changing this kitchen one to the same layout as your other rooms to match the style and colors? I love your website. Thank you for helping me get my house in order.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I have updated checklists for all of them. Will try to get the kitchen one swapped out in the next couple of days. 🙂

    2. This made my day!!!! ?

  5. I love all your checklists it has really made my life so much easier and my home cleaner.
    Today while cleaning out my fridge I was wondering on the correct way one should pack your groceries into the refrigerator eg. cheeses on top fruit and veg in the bottom drawers.
    Do you have a list or guidelines for this?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you like my checklists, Ashleigh! I don’t have one about refrigerator organization, but you’ve given me a great idea to add to my idea list. In the meantime, meats should always be stored at the lowest spot in your refrigerator; that way if they drip they won’t contaminate the rest of your food.

  6. Sandy Piper says:

    One of my pet peeves (and I have a few,) is friends who come over and dump their purses on the kitchen counter. We all know where those purses have been don’t we?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Oh yes, yuck!

  7. Love all your lists. How long would you say it takes you to do the weekly cleaning in each room? I think it’s taking me way too long.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Kim,
      How long it takes me really depends on how good I’ve been about keeping the kitchen tidy through the week. If I’ve been good, it takes about a half hour. If I’ve done a lot of greasy cooking, or haven’t cleaned in a while or kept it tidy, it sometimes takes me over an hour. That extra time is a big incentive for me to tidy up throughout the week. LOL

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