Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

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This weekly kitchen cleaning checklist is designed to help you clean thoroughly yet efficiently. Most of us find the kitchen needs more attention than any other room in the house, and with this checklist, you’ll know your kitchen is food safe and sparkling clean.

Be sure to read the instructions before printing the weekly kitchen cleaning checklist at the bottom of the entry.

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Gather Materials

  • A box or bag to collect clutter
  • Microfiber cloths
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Soft scrubbing cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Mop
  • Floor cleaner

Get cleaning

1. Tackle trash and clutter. 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.

2. Empty the sink. If you’ve been following the daily cleaning routine, your sink is already empty. Otherwise, wash the dishes or put them in the dishwasher.

3. Clean the dusty spots. Using a long-handled duster clean the ceiling fan, tops of your cupboards and fridge, recessed lighting, and window trim.

4. Clean the grimy spots. Using a microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner, 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.

5. Clean what’s on the counter. Wipe down small appliances, light switches, and door knobs.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Clean 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!)

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 and clean the trash can outside. Let it air dry and the sun will finish the disinfecting job for you.

11. Clean the floor. Vacuums do a better job getting up crumbs and pet hair, but if yours doesn’t have a floor attachment then use a broom. To mop, use a bucket of floor cleaner, not your sink.

Printable Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

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Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

18 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. Katie Berry says:

     LOL! It really does get quickly messy, doesn’t it? Kind of like doing laundry — you spend all day washing, drying, folding, hanging and putting away… and when everyone goes to bed the laundry hampers are full again. *sigh*

  4. 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!

  5. Good list except when you add hot water to bleach it kills the bleach. Always use lukewarm to cool water with bleach so it will keep its germ killing properties.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Actually, there’s some debate on that. While hot water will cause bleach to release the free chlorine, it doesn’t affect the sodium hypochlorite (the main cleaning ingredient in bleach). In fact, this fact sheet (*.pdf) states that disinfection time speeds up for every 10°F the bleach is over room temperature, and “disinfection at low temperatures will require more time.” 🙂

  6. 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!!!! ?

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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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