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My Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist Leaves No Surface Unscrubbed

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Is it just me, or is the kitchen the single most intimidating room to Spring Clean? There are just so many surfaces to clean, and I always worry about overlooking greasy or grimy spots if I don’t use my Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist.

But let me just tell you now, it is thorough.

How Long Does Kitchen Spring Cleaning Take?

It takes as long as it takes to clean a kitchen. I know, it’s not a direct answer but that’s because there are a lot of things that can affect how much time you need. How big is it? How often do you cook? Do you clean it routinely? Are you a clutter magnet?

I have a fairly large kitchen and cook a lot. If I’ve been keeping up with my weekly kitchen cleaning routine, it can take a full day to Spring Clean it. If not, well, it can take two full days. Sometimes three.

*tap tap tap* Anyone still here? Well, for those of you who haven’t closed the browser window yet, let’s roll up our sleeves and get cleaning!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies.

It’s hard enough finding time to Spring Clean, even if it’s part of your housewife routine. Don’t risk getting sidetracked by having to run to the store for cleaning products. Make sure you’ve got everything you need.

• Cleaning supplies: All-purpose cleaner, baking soda, floor cleaner, oven cleaner, glass cleaner, furniture polish.

• Decluttering supplies: Trash bags, empty boxes, a trash can and recycling bin.

• Cleaning equipment: A long-handled duster, step stool, microfiber cleaning cloths, broom or vacuum, mop and spray bottle or bucket.

Step 2: Prep the Room.

Empty the sink: We’re going to be washing and rinsing things all day long, so an empty sink is a must.

Start decluttering: Look at what’s sitting out and move things that don’t belong in the kitchen to one box, and things you no longer want to another. While you’re at it, throw away trash and broken or worn-out items you find.

Pro Tip

Label the boxes “Donate” and “Return” to keep their purpose clear. Every Spring, our local Goodwill gets overwhelmed with people asking them to return things they didn’t mean to donate. I’ve done it myself. Twice!

Clear the walls and windows: Remove the curtains and start laundering them, take artwork off the walls and give it a good wipe then set it aside, and pull furniture away from the walls toward the center of the room.

Step 3: Dust and Wash.

So now there’s less clutter in the kitchen, let’s start Spring Cleaning it top to bottom. Literally!

Dust: Use the long-handled duster to dust the ceiling fan blades and housing, the ceiling, corners, walls, window and door trim then the baseboards.

Wipe: Clean the baseboards with a damp cloth, or use all-purpose cleaner and a damp mop if you don’t want to bend.

Wash: Use warm, soapy water to clean all sides of your table and chairs, including the underside. Then wash the walls, doors, and trim with a fresh soapy cloth or with a mop. Rinse everything with a fresh cloth and plain water to remove the soap residue.

Empty: Take everything out of your cabinets and drawers and wash them inside and out. Repeat the decluttering process and keep things you don’t want separate from things that go in other rooms.

Organize by how and how often: Group things together by how you use them, then decide where to put them based on how often.

For example, keep coffee-making supplies within reach if you brew a pot daily. But store them out of the way if you only keep them for company.

Pro Tip

Spring Cleaning is a good time to treat scratches on wood furniture and cabinets.

Step 4: Polish Glass Surfaces.

Surprisingly, many people don’t wash their windows except when they’re Spring Cleaning. I do mine monthly, but I’m still surprised at the difference a little glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth can make.

Now, since the walls should be dry, clean the front of any framed photos and put your wall decor back up. Polish any other glass surfaces, too. But make sure any light bulbs are cool first: you don’t want them to shatter.

Step 5: Clean the Appliances.

I spell out the steps to Spring Clean your appliances in the printable checklist below. Or, you can find them on my kitchen appliance cleaning page. Just remember to ask for help pulling the fridge and oven away from the wall if you need it!

Step 6: The Can, Counter and Sink.

Can: One thing about Spring Cleaning your kitchen: there’s no way to get out of scrubbing that trash can. So, take it outside and clean that thing inside and out. Then let it air dry in bright sunlight for added disinfection and deodorizing power.

Counter: Clean the backsplash, including the grout. Use an old toothbrush dipped in baking soda on stubborn stains. Then clean and disinfect the countertops and let them air dry.

Sink: Run 1/2 cup each of ice cubes and baking soda in your garbage disposal for a full minute, then scrub and disinfect your sink.

Step 7: Finally, the Floor.

Clean the area rugs or mats: If your kitchen mats or rugs are washable, follow the care instructions to launder them. Otherwise, vacuum both sides then set them aside.

Vacuum the floor: Use the crevice attachment to clean around the base of walls. Lift the floor vent covers and vacuum them, too. Then switch to your regular vacuum head and keep going.

Mop: Start at the farthest point away from the door and mop your way out of the room. Use an S-shaped stroke to lift grime and rinse your mop head often, so you aren’t spreading dirt. Rinse with plain water and let the floor dry.

Did You Know?

If you’re using my homemade floor cleaner, there’s no need to rinse after mopping.

Finishing Touches

You’re in the home stretch! Now all that’s let is hanging up the clean curtains, putting the furniture and kitchen rugs back in place, and adding a new bag to the trash can when you bring it inside.

Be sure to put away the things that belong in other rooms and drop off your donations, too. You’re done!

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4 Comments

  1. 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!

  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. 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.

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