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 have the energy and motivation to clean but can’t decide where to start. When you finally 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.

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

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

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

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

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

1. Start Fresh

Start with an empty sink. You’ll need to wash several things while Spring Cleaning your kitchen, so an empty sink is essential. Pick up any junk you see and toss it. Collect items that belong elsewhere and set them in a box. Don’t start putting them away yet — wait until you’re finished cleaning.

2. 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.

Remove window coverings. Launder the curtains or clean the blinds, and let them dry while you work. Then, dust the ceiling fan. I’m short, so that’s why a step-ladder is on the list. If your ceiling fan is greasy, clean it with an all-purpose spray and a microfiber cloth.

Once that’s clean, remove any pictures or art from the wall. Polish the glass and wipe the frame, but don’t put them back on just yet. Dust the ceiling, the top of shelves, the corners, the walls, the window casings and sills, and the cupboard fronts, and clean the baseboards. Now, you can rehang the pictures.

Finish this section by turning off the lights so the bulbs can cool while you clean the window interiors with glass polish. (I learned the hard way not to spray glass cleaner on warm light bulbs — they shatter!) Once they’re room temperature, clean your light fixtures and bulbs but wait until they’re completely dry to turn the lights on again.

3. Cabinets and Drawers

Using your step stool and a spray bottle of cleaner, de-grease the tops of your cupboards if they don’t reach to the ceiling. To make cleaning this hidden spot easier in the future, I line the cabinet’s top with a layer of paper towels. Then all I need to do is gather the dusty towels every month and replace them with fresh ones.

Next, it’s onto cleaning the kitchen cabinets and drawers. Working one cupboard or drawer at a time, remove the contents, and wipe the interior. Purge clutter and trash while you go. Once the inside is clean, spray and wipe the exterior, including the handles. Be sure to get the hinges, as greasy dust collects there.

4. Countertops and Small Appliances

Remove everything from the countertops. Wash the backsplash and counters with soapy water and a microfiber cloth, then rinse them with a fresh cloth. While they dry, wipe the small appliances from top to bottom, including the undersides, before putting them back in place. Complete this section by draining the sink and scrubbing 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. (Or try my homemade soft scrub for stubborn scratches and spots on your sink.)

5. Major Appliances

If you have a microwave, boil a cup of water in it and let it sit for one minute to loosen cooked-on food. Wipe with a damp cloth. Then clean your stove or cooktop, the oven, and the dishwasher inside and out. Pull the fridge away from the wall and clean behind and beneath it, including any exposed coils and the drip pan. Finish by cleaning the inside of the refrigerator and freezer.

6. Clean the Rest

Polish any furniture. Don’t forget to look under the table and chairs and the bottom of your chair legs. I am always shocked by what I find on mine. Empty the trash can and wash it outside with warm, soapy water. Let the can air-dry in the sun if you can — sunshine is deodorizing and disinfecting.

7. Finishing Steps

Return dried curtains to the windows, then sweep or vacuum the floor and mop it. While the floor dries, put away the things that belong in other rooms. Once the floor is dry, put the trash back, and you’re done. 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!