Kitchen Cleaning Checklist for Sparkling Clean Room

The kitchen is the hub of the home, and our kitchen cleaning checklist will help you keep it spick and span.

Because we all have to eat several times per day, the kitchen bears the brunt of messes. Everything from baked-on food, crumbs, random toys, and dirty footprints make their way into this room. 

Kitchen Deep Cleaning Tasks

Use our cleaning checklists for daily, weekly, and deep cleaning tasks that will keep your kitchen sparkling clean. Or, print out our kitchen cleaning checklist PDF below.

Free PDF with The Cleaning Checklist.

Kitchen Deep Cleaning Tasks

Frequency: Every 1-3 Months

Deep cleaning your kitchen provides you with a clean slate, allowing you to complete daily and weekly tasks with less effort. But, the frequency at which you need to complete these depends on how often you cook, the size of your family, and the amount of mess in the kitchen. 

For most households, deep cleaning the kitchen every 1-3 months is sufficient. Even then, there will be times when you don’t need to complete every task on this list, so use your best judgment.

Dust Your Ceiling and Light Fixtures

  • Dust your ceiling with a duster or broom
  • Remove dust from your light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Dust on top of cabinets

Deep Clean Your Appliances

  • Clean your oven with oven cleaner 
  • Wash your stovetop/grates
  • Clean your dishwasher filter (Monthly)
  • Deodorize and clean the inside of the dishwasher
  • Empty crumbs from the toaster tray
  • Wipe down small appliances
  • Descale your coffee maker
  • Wipe the interior of your refrigerator 
  • Clean the inside of your microwave
  • Wipe the outside of all appliances, including your refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and microwave

Clean Out Your Pantry and Cabinets

  • Throw away expired food items
  • Get rid of storage containers with missing lids
  • Clean the inside of the cabinets with a mild cleaner
  • Organize items as you put them back in the cabinet
  • Wash cabinet doors with dish soap and water

Wipe Counters and Clean Backsplash

  • Degrease range hood
  • Wipe down backsplash
  • Clean countertops

Clean Windows, Baseboards, Walls,  and Trash Can

  • Vacuum dust off of curtains or launder them
  • Dust and wipe down blinds
  • Wash walls with dish soap and water
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Clean windows with glass cleaner
  • Disinfect the trash can

Sweep and Mop

  • Sweep the floors
  • Clean grout if applicable
  • Mop the floors

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Frequency: Once per week

As long as you stay on top of deep cleaning tasks, your weekly kitchen cleaning won’t be exhaustive.

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean out the refrigerator and throw away expired food/leftovers
  • Scrub and disinfect your sink and faucet
  • Do a quick clean inside the microwave
  • Wipe the exterior of appliances
  • Wipe down countertops and backsplash
  • Clean kitchen table and chairs
  • Sweep and mop the floors

Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Frequency: Every day

These daily chores will keep your kitchen looking its best. The more often you do them, the easier they are to stay on top of.

Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Wash dishes/empty dishwasher
  • Rinse out/clean the sink
  • Switch out dish towels and dish rags
  • Sanitize your sponge (do this every two days)
  • Remove clutter or unnecessary items from the kitchen 
  • Wipe counters and backsplash
  • Sweep the floors
  • Mop when needed or spot-treat dirty areas on the floor

Kitchen Organization Tips: The Key to An Always Clean Space

While kitchen cleaning is essential for keeping your room sanitary and looking good, organization is just as important. Without proper organization, you’ll have a hard time putting things back where they belong and can end up with a cluttered space.

Here are the keys to proper kitchen organization:

  • Make things easy to put back. Place frequently used cooking items and spices next to your stove, so they’re easy to grab and put back after use. The easier it is to put things away, the more likely your family is to stick with the process.
  • Keep your systems simple. A simple system stays organized longer than a complex one. For example, while it’s nice to have spices in clear jars, you also have to deal with overflow and restocking. If this isn’t something you’ll keep up with, don’t feel the pressure to start such a system. A tidy and clean kitchen looks nicer than one filled with trendy organization hacks that fall short.
  • Declutter on a regular basis. At least a few times per year, assess your kitchen supplies and get rid of the things you no longer want. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to maintain it. You can also print out our free kitchen cleaning checklist and declutter before you deep clean.