Have you ever been interrupted while cleaning your kitchen but forgot where you left off? Or realized afterwards you’d skipped some important spots? A kitchen cleaning checklist is the solution for both.
I’ve been using this one for decades, even though I have it mostly memorized by now. It helps me stay on-task and if I need to, I can do one section then take a break.
All of my cleaning checklists are divided into sections, so you can adapt them to the time and energy you have available. Or, get your family involved and put everyone in charge of a section.
How Often Should You Clean a Kitchen?
The more use your kitchen gets, the more often you need to clean it so it’s food-safe, doesn’t attract pests, and isn’t a grind to use.
On a daily basis, wiping surfaces, emptying the trash, and putting away clutter will keep it in good shape. Then once a week, go beyond the surface for a more thorough cleaning without getting lost in the details. (Save those for Spring Cleaning.)
How to Clean Your Kitchen
Ready to get your kitchen fresh and clean for the week? Grab your favorite cleaning supplies, print up the kitchen cleaning checklist at the bottom, and let’s get cleaning.
Step 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 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.
Step 2: Sink and counters.
Kitchen sinks are gross, and doubly so if they’re full of dishes reeking of dried-on food. So get the dishes out of the way with a quick scrub or add them to the dishwasher. Then clean and disinfect the sink.
Next up, move clear off the counters so you can clean the backsplash then the countertops. While they dry wipe off the cabinet and drawer fronts, and disinfect the handles, too.
Step 3: Appliances.
I usually start this by heating a cup of water in the microwave to almost boiling while I go through the fridge tossing expired food and wiping up spills. By that point, the microwave is ready for a wipe-down.
Then it’s time to clean the range hood and stovetop, and wipe up any spills in the oven. (Use homemade soft scrub on stubborn spots and grease inside your oven door.) Finish by wiping all appliance fronts and handles.
Step 4: Table and floor.
Use warm soapy water to clean the table and chairs, paying attention to sticky messes on the chair arms. Once the table is dry, turn the chairs over and hang them from the table edge, cleaning any mess you find on the legs.
With the chairs out of the way, vacuum your floor wall to wall then use the crevice attachment around the baseboards top and bottom. Now, you’re ready to mop your way out the door.
Use my homemade no-rinse floor cleaner which dries without leaving streaks.
The finishing touches are about tackling the high touch surfaces and trash can so they don’t spread germs and odors. So grab a fresh disinfecting wipe and go over the light switches and door knobs. Then swap the dish towel and take out the trash. As a final step, order pizza so you don’t mess up your clean kitchen.
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