Have a party and where do people congregate? The kitchen. Invite a few friends or family over. Where does everyone end up standing and chatting? Then kitchen! We spend a great deal of our time in the kitchen (as do our guests) we want the space to be clean and orderly. A challenge since cooking is by nature not the cleanest activity! This kitchen cleaning checklist will guide you through a top to bottom cleaning of the most popular room in your home.
- Donate cookbooks you aren’t using. If you only use one or two recipes out of a cookbook copy those recipes and donate the book
- Go digital. Consider scanning and saving your recipes on your computer in order to save space.
- Choose an organizational system that works for you. Whether paper or digital organize your recipes so they are easy to locate. That may be alphabetical, by main ingredient, or meal type.
- Throw away expired food from your pantry and refrigerator
- Move foods with early expiration dates to the front
- Create and laminate a list of staples, hang where it is accessible, mark things off as you run out for a ready-made grocery list.
- Wipe down from top to bottom following the grain. Wipe down first with mild cleaner, then with clear water.
- Don’t forget to wipe the tops of cabinets that do not go flush to the ceiling
- Vacuum the insides of drawers
- Wipe down shelves and replace shelf liner as needed
- Donate any pots/pans, perishables, or dishes you do not use
- Move refrigerator and vacuum and wash the floor behind it
- Move the stove and vacuum and wash the floor behind it
- Wipe down the front of your dishwasher and microwave with a dish soap and water mix
- Microwave a cup of water with a lemon slice and allow it to steam, remove and wipe down grime more easily
- Maintain and freshen your garbage disposal by grinding a handful of ice and lemon rinds
- Wipe down the shelves of your refrigerator with a mild cleaner
- Replace the baking soda in your refrigerator
- Clean your stove (you may run self cleaning cycle if your stove has one)
- Remove all of the pieces of you stove top and wash individually, scour your stove top
- Clean your sink using a toothbrush to reach the hard to get at spots around the faucet
- Wipe down your counters and backsplash, first with a mild cleaner then with clear water
- Vacuum or sweep floors from the corners in
- Wipe down baseboards with soapy water
- Mop floors
When you finish this checklist your kitchen will sparkle! Never cringe when guests and family insist on hanging out in your kitchen, feel confident that it is clean and ready to entertain in.