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The Ultimate Kitchen
Cleaning Checklist

November 2, 2023

Everyone knows that kitchen cleaning daily keeps things running smoothly, but it should also be deep cleaned at a minimum every two weeks. A thorough clean that goes beyond simply wiping counters or sweeping up can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve got the perfect plan.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Before we get started, here are a few kitchen cleaning tips from the pros to make life easier.

  • Clean as you go.
  • Clean small appliances like microwaves and coffee makers as they get dirty.
  • Begin daily and other scheduled kitchen cleanings by decluttering.
  • Clean from top to bottom.
  • Make keeping the kitchen clean a family affair.
  • Create a customized kitchen cleaning checklist and schedule.
  • Keep things in perspective—sometimes a quick clean is good enough.

Kitchen Deep Cleaning Checklist

When your kitchen doesn’t look as bright or smell as enticing as it should, it may be time for deep cleaning. Depending on how long ago you did a deep cleaning, some appliances can be a challenge to clean, but our handy kitchen cleaning lists will help you tackle the rest with ease.

If you don’t feel like tackling the work, we get it. Just give us a call, and we’ll get your kitchen back in tip-top shape. But if you’re ready for the challenge, you can use this deep cleaning checklist to get rid of grime, dirt, grease, and germs for a fresh start.

  • Refrigerator and freezer

Remove all the items from your freezer, toss anything expired or freezer-burned, turn off the unit, and clean it. Empty the fridge, and toss old food (check expiration dates on condiments). Take out any bins or shelving and wash separately, then wash the inside, door, and fixed shelves.

  • Cabinets

Start from top to bottom and clean your cabinets with soapy water. Wipe along the grain to remove dirt and grease. Use a clean damp cloth to wipe off the soapy residue.

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  • Stove

Remove grates and burners and place them in the kitchen sink. Use dish soap on a sponge and elbow grease to scrub them clean, then degrease the stovetop. Rinse your sponge until clean and repeat the process to remove soap residue.

  • Countertops

For most countertops, it is safe to use a water and dish-detergent solution and a sponge. Wipe off the soapy residue with a clean, damp cloth and use a dry one to buff the counter to a shine.

  • Garbage can

Wash the inside and outside of your trash can, rinse, spray the inside with disinfectant post-dry.

  • Sink

Mix a paste of baking soda and water and swirl your non-abrasive sponge in circles. Rinse the sponge and sink and clean again with soap and water, then rinse with hot water.

  • Floor

Start by sweeping or vacuuming loose dirt or food. Follow up with a mop and soapy water to make them shine. Use a clean, damp mop head to remove the residue.

Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Clean as you go should be your mantra if you want a sparkling clean kitchen all the time. But that doesn’t always work out, does it? If time is short or your energy is low, using these daily kitchen cleaning tips will help keep things under control.

  • Clean the sink after each use.
  • Empty dishwasher.
  • Clean and sanitize countertops with a multipurpose cleaner.
  • Wipe down the burners and stovetop.
  • Sweep the floor.

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

If you keep up with daily kitchen cleaning, your kitchen will smell better, look nicer, and feel clean more often. Add this weekly cleaning checklist for an even cleaner kitchen.

  • Clean the outside of appliances.
  • Disinfect the sink, faucets, and cutting boards.
  • Sanitize sponges and scrubbers.
  • Mop the floor.
  • Wash the dish towels.
  • Clean the garbage disposal.

Monthly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Your monthly kitchen cleaning chores are pretty easy to tackle if you’ve kept up with the daily and weekly checklists, so let’s dive in.

  • Wash cabinet doors.
  • Purge food from the pantry.
  • Purge your freezer.
  • Damp wipe the tops of the fridge and cabinets.
  • Clean and sanitize trash cans.
  • Clean the dishwasher.
  • Wash kitchen rugs.
  • Dust light fixtures.

Seasonal Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Yes, there is such a thing as seasonal kitchen cleaning! Most of the tasks here are finishing touches or routine appliance cleaning chores.

  • Remove and wash drawer dividers and cabinet organizers.
  • Empty drawers and vacuum them.
  • Deep clean your fridge, under it, and behind it
  • Deep clean the oven
  • Purge mismatched silverware, chipped glassware, and other clutter you never use.

Create a Kitchen Cleaning Routine That Works for You

Print these handy kitchen cleaning tips and build a schedule on your calendar to handle weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleanings. Whether you divide weekly tasks by the days of the week, schedule a Saturday each month for monthly cleaning, or some other routine, the key is to find what works for your situation.

Once you fine-tune your kitchen cleaning checklist, you can make the process even easier by enlisting the kids or other members of your family. Crank up some music, promise a treat for a job well done, and start assigning items from your checklist. Play your cards right, and you may not have to do much of the work at all!
Make routine cleaning more manageable when you use our field-tested checklists and handy cleaning guides. Whether you do it yourself or invest in healthy housekeeping from The Maids, we want you to enjoy a sparkling clean home as often as possible.

When you need help to get your cleaning routine back on track or simply want to relax and recharge—we’ve got this. Get a customized cleaning quote for your kitchen or entire home and get a clean so thorough you can feel it!

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