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