Kitchen Cleaning Checklist for a Spotless Kitchen
Whether you are running a commercial kitchen with staff or responsible for the kitchen in your own home, keeping a clean kitchen is essential. While it sometimes seems overwhelming keeping your kitchen in good shape, a #kitchencleaningchecklist can be an immense help.
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Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
You likely use your kitchen Every. Single. Day. Whether you live alone and only feed yourself, have a spouse or roommate, or (worst case scenario) multiple children leaving a wake of chaos behind them, your kitchen can take a serious beating.
When it comes to keeping your kitchen clean, it is wise to break down tasks into daily, weekly, and monthly jobs.
To save your sanity and keep things from building up, make an effort to tackle each of these things every day. Maintaining your kitchen will actually lessen your work as upkeep is easier than a serious or deep clean.
Every day try to:
Wipe and sanitize your countertops and stove top.
Sweep your floor and clean up any spills.
Clean out your sink with your favorite all-purpose cleaner.
Unload and put away clean dishes, load the dishwasher and start the dishwasher, and hand wash dishes as necessary.
Clean up the kitchen and return everything to its place.
Taking a few minutes to complete each of these tasks will save you lots of time in the long run.
Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
Find a time each week to tackle a little more deep cleaning in your kitchen. Whether Monday morning after breakfast, Thursday after dinner, or some other time works, set aside a specific time to spend 20-30 minutes for weekly tasks.
Weekly tasks should include:
Mopping the floor. However, depending on your household, i.e., the number of kids or pets residing there, you might need to mop or spot mop more often.
Wiping down your appliances, both large and countertop. Empty your toaster of crumbs, clean your coffee pot, clean outside of your oven, wipe down outside of the fridge, and clean out the microwave.
Throwing away expired or old food from your inside your fridge and wipe down shelves.
Thoroughly cleaning and scrubbing your sink. Clean inside the drain and polish the faucet. For a white sink, letting a mixture of bleach and water soak for ten minutes will have your sink looking new.
Wiping down cabinets for fingerprints and food smudges. Check drawers for food droppings or things that don’t belong.
Pro-tip: keep a basket of dirty dish rags and towels in your kitchen. Once a week, wash these alone and put away in your kitchen.
Getting into a routine with these tasks will allow you to focus on daily tasks throughout the week and not get sidetracked with bigger jobs. Knowing you have a time and place to deal with these weekly, as well as monthly, tasks will make you feel more organized.
Monthly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
Finally, there are a few things that need to be addressed every month. These tasks can be more burdensome but are still essential to do. Thankfully, you can save these not-so-fun tasks for once a month attention.
Thankfully, if you have been keeping up with daily and weekly cleaning your monthly tasks should not be hard! Once a month aim to:
Clean out the insides of cabinets, removing food crumbs, dust, or items no longer needed.
Clean the inside of the oven. If you don’t want to use the self-cleaning option, there are other things to do. Baking soda and vinegar will be your best friend if you want a natural way to clean the inside of the oven.
Thoroughly clean the inside of the fridge by wiping down and sanitizing the shelves and emptying the drip pan.
Clean out your drawer organizers. These handy organizational tools are great for keeping utensils as well as food particles and dust.
Spend a little time on your hands and knees cleaning the area beneath your cabinets and oven. You might be appalled the things you see hiding that escape sweeping and mopping.
If you have areas above your cabinets and fridge, dust those. Give some love to your light fixtures, as well.
Thoroughly wipe down and sanitize your trash can and recycling bin in your house.
Clean along the seal on your dishwasher door. Also, check out the bottom of the dishwasher for any filters or trays that need to be cleaned. Food and water can build up and will get absolutely disgusting.
Tips to Get Started
If you have a hard time sticking with things, print off your kitchen cleaning checklist, so you have a visual reminder every day, week, and month. Better yet, laminate it and check off your tasks as you complete them! There’s nothing like the satisfaction that comes from seeing a job completed.
Just because you have a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule doesn’t mean you can ignore messes as they happen. If your toddler spills milk or your spouse splatters coffee, clean those messes up right away.
Keep your cleaning supplies organized and handy. A simple organization bucket under your sink will go a long way to making your cleaning tasks efficient. Ensure each of your cleaning supplies is clearly labeled.
Keep clutter at bay! It is amazing how much cleaner rooms feel when everything is in its place. Piles of things in your kitchen will make your kitchen feel dirty, even if everything else is clean.
If you have kids, a spouse, or a roommate, divide and conquer! Delegate tasks to every member of the household to make cleaning go quickly.
Stop by Sweetbriar Rose
After you have set up your kitchen cleaning checklist, you deserve a treat! Stop by Sweetbriar Rose Thursday through Sunday and check us out. Whether you want a sweet treat, something more filling and savory, or are just looking for a glass of wine or beer to enjoy, we have you covered.
We hope to see you soon!