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 your home 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. So, you head for the nearest spot and work for what seems like forever. But by the time you’re out of energy, it doesn’t actually look like you’ve cleaned much at all.

That’s why using a cleaning checklist is so helpful. You start at the beginning and cross off things as you complete them. If you need to Spring clean your kitchen over the course of several days, you can do so without worrying that you’ll overlook any spots. Or, if you want your family to work as a team, you can assign everyone a different section.

It’s also why professional house cleaners and cleaning services use checklists. Because cleaning well is as important as cleaning efficiently. So, if you’re ready to get started on your kitchen, read through the steps below, then print the Spring Cleaning Checklist at the end. You’re going to love how it looks once you’re done.

Woman spring cleaning oven in modern kitchen

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.

Instructions

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

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. Put items that belong in other rooms into one box/bag and set aside. Use another bag to gather any trash you see. Then, without opening cabinets or anything, look around for clutter to get rid of. Throw away anything broken, but put items you’re donating into the second box/bag. (Need help deciding what should go? Check out how to decide what’s clutter and what’s not.)

Clean Vertical Surfaces

To work efficiently, you should clean top to bottom to move dirt down and then out of a room. This method also ensures you won’t get dirt onto areas you’ve already cleaned. So, be sure to work in the order listed even if you’ve got to spread it over several days.

1. Remove window coverings. Launder the curtains or clean the blinds. Let them dry while you work. If you have sheers, soak them in a tub of warm water with a cup of Epsom salt and, without rinsing, hang them to dry in place. They’ll stay nice and crisp.

2. Dust the ceiling fan if you have one. (Here’s the long-handled duster I use*.) Since kitchen fans get greasy, it’s not a bad idea to get on your step stool and spray each blade with an all-purpose cleaner, then rub it with a microfiber cloth to remove any build-up.

3. Remove any pictures or art from the wall and wipe them with a damp microfiber cloth. Next, polish glass picture fronts by spraying glass cleaner on a fresh cloth and buffing the glass. Leave the walls bare for now.

4. Dust the ceiling, the top of shelves, the corners, the walls, the window casings and sills, the cupboard fronts, and the baseboards. It’s important to work in that order, so you’re moving dirt down to the floor where you can sweep or vacuum it to get it out of your home. Rehang the pictures.

5. Turn off the lights and let the bulbs and fixtures cool. Then, using the glass cleaner, spray the light fixtures, windows, and other glass surfaces and wipe them dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

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. Make a paste of baking soda and water to use as a gentle abrasive on stubborn food spills. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and buff them dry.

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

4. Drain the sink and clean your garbage disposal‘s rubber gasket on both sides. If you have a divided sink, clean the drain cover and stopper for the other side, too. 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 stove top 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. Clean the baseboards.

3. 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.

Printable Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

Use the printable cleaning checklist below to give your kitchen a deep cleaning any time of year. To make it reusable, slip it into a plastic page protector and cross off each item with a dry erase pen. Once you’re done, wipe the sheet clean, and you’re ready for next time.

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

3 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. 🙂

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