Kitchen cleaning checklist
The kitchen is the gathering place of your home, so it can quickly get messy and cluttered with frequent use.
This kitchen cleaning guide will tell you all you need to know about cleaning your kitchen, and how often you should clean certain parts of the kitchen.
Tips for cleaning major parts of your kitchen
How to clean kitchen cabinets
- Use a mild cleaning solution like dish soap or distilled white vinegar diluted in warm water.
- Spray the cleaning solution onto a microfiber cloth or a soft rag to get it damp. You can also use a soft toothbrush for any hard-to-reach areas.
- Use the damp rag to wipe down the outsides of the cabinets. Avoid getting any water on the hinges or hardware to prevent them from getting rusty.
- Wipe the cabinets with a rag that’s damp with warm, clean water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
- Dry the cabinets with a clean towel or soft cloth.
- If there is still caked-on grime or dirt, you can use a bit of baking soda dissolved in warm water to scrub the stains away.
Every few months, remove the items from your cabinet and use a damp rag to wipe off the shelves and bottoms of drawers with a mild cleaning solution. Be sure to dry the shelves and drawers before replacing your items.
How to clean kitchen sink drain
- Rinse and wipe down the kitchen sink with water and a bit of dish soap.
- Pour one part of baking soda down the drain.
- Slowly pour two parts of white vinegar down the drain.
- Let the mixture sit in the drain for 15 minutes.
- Pour boiling hot water down the drain to wash the mixture and debris away.
How to clean kitchen countertops
Keeping your kitchen countertops clean should be part of your daily routine, but you should be careful to only use cleaning solutions that are safe for whatever material your countertop is made of.
Cleaning wood countertops
- Wipe the countertops with warm water and a bit of distilled white vinegar.
- Use a metal spatula or butter knife to scrape off any dried food or hard stains.
- For stains, apply juice from one-half of a lemon and a bit of salt directly onto the stain.
- Wipe the lemon juice and salt away with a rag soaked in water and vinegar.
Cleaning marble and granite countertops
- For everyday cleaning, spray your counters with a cleaning solution of dish soap and water.
- Wipe the counters with a soft rag.
- Use a microfiber towel to dry and polish the surface.
- For oil-based stains, create a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and cover the area with plastic wrap, securing the edges down to the counter. Let the mixture sit on the stain overnight and rinse it off with clean, warm water.
- For water-based stains, use hydrogen peroxide to scrub the stain away.
Cleaning laminate countertops
- Use a damp rag to wipe down the counters. You can also use a mild liquid cleaning solution to wipe the countertops.
- For stains, create a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stained area and let it sit for about five minutes. Use a wet cloth to wipe the paste away. Be careful not to scrub the stain because it can scratch the laminate.
Cleaning quartz or stone countertops
- Wipe down with a damp, soft cloth and mild soap.
- Stains are rare, but you can use a glass cleaner and a soft sponge to lift up any marks.
Cleaning stainless steel countertops
- Use a soft cloth and mild soap and water to wipe down countertops.
- To remove scratches and marks, use a stainless steel cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
- For stains, create a paste of baking soda and dish soap. Rub the mixture onto the stain in the direction of the grain.
Cleaning soapstone countertops
- Use a multipurpose cleaner and a soft rag to wipe off countertops.
- For tough stains that a multipurpose cleaner can’t remove, use fine sandpaper to buff the marks out.
Kitchen cleaning supplies
There are lots of options when it comes to cleaning supplies for the kitchen. Here are a few handy tools to keep around to complete regular kitchen cleaning.
- A gentle, all-purpose kitchen cleaner
- Several dish rags
- Several dish towels
- A sponge for cleaning and scrubbing
- Dish soap
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- An empty spray bottle
Kitchen cleaning schedule
Daily kitchen cleaning checklist
Cleaning your kitchen every day doesn’t have to take a long time. Set aside a few minutes at the end of the day to get your kitchen ready for the next day. Also, make it a point to clean up any messes and rinse dishes as needed throughout the day to make it easier later on.
- Clean dirty dishes and empty the dishwasher
- Wipe up any spills or messes from countertops, floors, and appliances
- Sweep the floor
- Rinse the sink
- Replace kitchen cleaning rag
- Take out the trash as needed
- Pick up any stray items and put them away
Weekly kitchen cleaning checklist
Giving your kitchen a good weekly clean will make it much more inviting and easy to use. A weekly clean not only keep the space tidy, but also eliminates clutter and spoiled food.
- Clear out expired food from the fridge and pantry
- Clean the outside of appliances
- Wipe down inside of the microwave
- Disinfect the sink
- Sanitize cleaning sponges
- Mop the floors
- Replace dish towels
- Wipe off cabinets to remove smudges
Monthly kitchen cleaning checklist
- Empty refrigerator and wipe down shelves and drawers
- Clean the oven
- Rinse out any drawer dividers and silverware trays
- Clean the inside of the dishwasher
- Scrub tile grout
- Dust the tops of tall appliances and cabinets
- Clean trash receptacles
- Dispose of recycling properly
- Clean the coffee maker by running it with distilled white vinegar and follow up by running it with clean water
- Inventory your fridge, freezer, and pantry
- Wash/vacuum kitchen rugs