Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Give your kitchen a thorough deep-cleaning any time of year with this printable Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist.

Person wearing rubber gloves using microfiber cloth to clean granite kitchen counter for Spring Cleaning

Why Use a Checklist?

Maybe this sounds familiar: You finally work up the energy and motivation to clean but can’t decide where to start. When you finally do get going, someone calls or texts, or maybe one of your kids asks for a snack. By the time you’re ready to start again, you don’t remember what you’ve done.

That’s why using a cleaning checklist is so helpful. You start at the beginning and cross off things as you complete them. Or you can break up the work over several days without worrying you’ll skip anything. And, if you want your family to help, you can assign everyone a section.

Professional Cleaners Use Checklists!

It’s also why professional house cleaners and services use checklists. Because cleaning well is as important as cleaning efficiently. You’re going to love how it looks once you’re done.

How to Spring Clean Your Kitchen

Time required: 1 to 3 hours

Equipment You Will Need

  • Boxes or bags for clutter and donations
  • A trash can and recycling bin
  • A long-handled duster
  • Step stool
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Mop

Materials You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • All-purpose cleaner (find my homemade cleaning recipes here)
  • Floor cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Oven cleaner (if yours is not self-cleaning)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Furniture polish

For a list of the specific tools and supplies that I use to clean my own home, check out my Recommended Products Page.

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

As with all of my printable cleaning checklists, I encourage you to read through the steps below before printing to understand what’s involved.

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

Start Fresh

1. Start with an empty sink. You’ll need to wash several things while you’re Spring Cleaning your kitchen, so an empty sink is essential. Deal with any dirty dishes. Either put them in the dishwasher or hand wash them and put them away.

2. Get rid of clutter and trash. Pick up any trash you see and toss it. Collect items that belong elsewhere and set them aside. Need help deciding what should go? Check out how to decide what’s clutter and what’s not.

Clean Vertical Surfaces

To work efficiently, clean a room from top to bottom to move dirt down and then out. This way you don’t get dirt onto areas you’ve already cleaned. So, be sure to work in the order listed.

1. Remove window coverings. Launder the curtains or clean the blinds. Let them dry while you work.

2. Dust the ceiling fan if you have one. If it’s greasy, clean it with all-purpose spray and a microfiber cloth. (Here’s the long-handled duster I use*.)

3. Remove any pictures or art from the wall. Polish the glass and wipe the frame. Don’t put them back on just yet.

4. Dust the rest of the room’s surfaces in order. Do the ceiling, the top of shelves, the corners, the walls, the window casings and sills, the cupboard fronts, and finally the baseboards. Now, rehang the pictures.

5. Turn off the lights and let the bulbs cool while you clean the window interiors with glass polish. Then clean your light fixtures and bulbs and any other glass surfaces.

Cabinets and Drawers

1. Using your step stool and a spray bottle of cleaner, de-grease the tops of your cupboards if they don’t reach all the way to the ceiling. Tip: To make cleaning this hidden spot easier, line the cabinet’s top with a layer of wax paper. Gather up the dusty paper every month or so and replace it with a fresh one.

2. Working one cupboard or drawer at a time, remove the contents and clean the interior. Purge clutter and trash while you’re emptying the cabinets. Once the inside is clean, spray and wipe the exterior, including handles. Be sure to get the hinges, as greasy dust collects there. (Here are more tips for cleaning greasy kitchen cabinets.)

Countertops and Small Appliances

1. Give the inside of the sink a quick scrub and rinse, then fill it with warm, soapy water. Remove everything from the countertops.

2. Clean the counters with warm, soapy water and a microfiber cloth.

3. Before returning small appliances and other items to the countertops, wipe them with warm soapy water. Check their bottoms to find hidden grime, too.

4. Drain the sink and clean your garbage disposal‘s rubber gasket on both sides. Scour your sink with baking soda and a damp cloth, rinse it well and buff it dry.

Major Appliances

1. If you have a microwave, boil a cup of water in it and let sit for one minute to loosen cooked-on food. Wipe with a damp cloth. (Here’s how to clean stubborn messes in the microwave.)

2. Clean the stovetop then the oven.

3. Clean the dishwasher inside and out.

4. Clean the refrigerator and freezer inside and out. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and clean behind and beneath it, too. Clean any exposed coils and the drip pan, then put the unit back in place.

Clean the Rest

1. Polish any furniture.

2. Empty the trash can, take it outside, wash the trash can with warm, soapy water, and rinse it thoroughly. Let the can air-dry in the sun if you can — sunshine is deodorizing and disinfecting!

Finishing Steps

1. Return dried curtains to the windows.

2. Sweep or vacuum the floor, then mop it. (Try my no-streak, no-rinse homemade floor cleaner that’s safe for any hard floor.)

3. Return the clean trash can to the kitchen. Line it with newspapers or paper towels to catch drips and replace them as needed.

And enjoy your Spring Cleaned Kitchen!

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4 Comments

  1. I always do quick cleaning after I use the kitchen. I want to make sure that I really remove items that I do not need as I do not have household help and I want to do my own kitchen deep cleaning in under two hours. 🙂

    Thanks for the tip in placing paper towels to catch drips in the trash can. I use plastic bag liners but I still find some drips every time I clean. I’ll try that next time.

  2. you forgot to metnion cleaning BEHIND the oven and the fridge. ugh thats where all my little critters hide. x[

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Ah, sorry about that: cleaning behind the fridge is part of my refrigerator deep-cleaning routine. 🙂

  3. Ms Claire says:

    It would take a contractor to remove my wall ovens and built in fridge. I wonder what’s back there! The double oven slide into a cabinet and weigh close to 80 lbs. and the double door subzero fridge more like 800. But there is a toe kick under it which can be removed to allow a stiffer to go a bit of the way under. I guess I should be happy I don’t have to clean these. My bugaboo is the inevitable crumbs in the silverware drawer. They don’t appear in my napkin drawer or my placemats drawer which are adjacent. Go figure!

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