Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

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Using a kitchen cleaning checklist ensures you don’t miss a spot. Plus, it’s a great way to stay on track even when you get distracted.

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.

Basic Kitchen Cleaning

If you don’t cook often, live alone, or you’re just in a hurry, cleaning your kitchen is a matter of wiping cabinet and appliance handles, cleaning the countertops and stovetop, scrubbing the sink, then cleaning the floor. In busier households, or for a more thorough cleaning, follow the steps in this checklist to get the major surfaces along with a few details that help prevent pests and odors.

Before you Begin

It takes around an hour to do the entire checklist in a large kitchen and less time if yours is on the smaller side. All of my house cleaning checklists are divided into sections, so you can adapt them to the time and energy you have available. If you’re up for it, do the whole checklist in one session, or do one or two sections each day. Either way, once you’ve finished, you can trust you’ve done a thorough job and not skipped a thing.

Equipment and materials

  • 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

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: 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.

Step 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.

Step 4: Clean the grimy spots.

Using a microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner, clean your kitchen table and chairs. Then wipe your greasy 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.

Step 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.

Step 6: Clean the microwave.

Remove the turntable if you have one and wash it. Then clean the inside of the microwave with a damp microfiber cloth and return the turntable.

Step 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.

Step 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. Scour it with Bar Keeper’s Friend or a homemade soft scrub to get rid of any stains.

Step 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.

Step 10: Take out the trash.

If it’s a nice day, clean 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.

Step 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.

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  1. I had ADD so this helps me so much thank you!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I have ADHD, too, so I’m glad it helps you as well!

  2. These checklists are great, they have been a huge help with my weekly routines! Just wondering when do you fit in the other rooms (i.e. laundry room, office, guest bedroom etc.)?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      It just depends on when I have time and how much attention they need. In general, I clean the laundry on Thursdays since that’s the day I do most of my laundry. The guest bedroom gets a monthly once over and stays closed the rest of the time. My office… well, my office is in dire need of cleaning, to be honest. LOL

  3. How may I get the kitchen checklist, the link is not working for me.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      There are a download button and a print button once you’ve unlocked the file by entering your email. 🙂

  4. I tried to subscribe to your list and it gave me 404 page not found. thanks

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you for letting me know, Linda. It should be working now. 🙂

  5. Hey,Where is the list or the chore chart

    1. Katie Berry says:

      It’s right there under the heading that says printable checklist.

  6. I’m not a housewife, closer to a househusband barely keeping things together, but I wanted to thank you for the detailed cleaning guides. Breaking each room down into digestible steps with lists that aren’t overwhelmingly long is very helpful for me. Both me and my partner have ADHD and I have a physical disability as well, so cleaning has become a great struggle for our home. Having a clean and welcoming space will be better for our mental health, I saved all your checklists to try and guide me.

    Do you have any suggestions for keeping up with dishes without a dishwasher, for someone with chronic pain and fatigue? My biggest failure is always with the kitchen.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Darren,

      I think the trick, really, is doing dishes right away rather than letting them pile up. I have chronic pain, too, and find that keeping a soap-filled dish wand in my sink makes that easier. On those times when I just can’t handle doing them right away, I’ll fill a sink with hot, soapy water and let them soak. Then when I do feel better, they just need a quick wipe and rinse.

  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

  8. 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! Here’s how to organize your fridge so you’re putting food where it’ll last the longest.

  9. 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!!!! ?

  10. Roar Sweetly says:

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

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

  12. 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.