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The Essential Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

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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.

Pro Tip

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.

Pro Tip

Use my homemade no-rinse floor cleaner which dries without leaving streaks.

Finishing Touches

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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13 Comments

  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. 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.

  4. 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

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

  6. Roar Sweetly says:

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

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

  8. 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.

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