Get daily, weekly, and monthly checklists to make your kitchen sparkle
The kitchen is the epicenter of your home. It’s where you cook, share meals with your family, and grab a cup of coffee with a friend. But as a high-traffic spot, your kitchen is also a breeding ground for germs and dirt. Use our ultimate kitchen cleaning checklist for daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that’ll keep your kitchen fresh and germ-free.
Cleaning Supplies You’ll Need
Before you can start cleaning, you’ll want to have a fully stocked cleaning caddy to carry around the kitchen while you tidy up.
Here are all the items you should keep on hand for regular cleaning:
Multipurpose or all-purpose cleaner
Distilled white vinegar
Disinfecting spray or wipes
Daily Kitchen Cleaning Tasks
Wrap up your day by tidying up the kitchen. Think of how great it will feel to welcome your day in a clean kitchen the next morning.
Here are the daily tasks for your kitchen cleaning checklist:
Wash dishes after use
Run and empty dishwasher
Toss dirty dish towels in the wash
Empty trash can and recycling bin
Disinfect fridge door and door handles
Empty dishwasher and put away dishes
Change kitchen towel(s)
Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Tasks
Tackling daily tasks helps keep the kitchen clean and organized, but you will need to dig a little deeper to ensure you keep on top of tasks that need to be performed every week. Pick a day to show your kitchen a little extra love and ask the kids to join in on the weekly cleaning routine.
Here are the weekly tasks for your kitchen cleaning checklist:
Check cleaning supply inventory
Replenish cleaning supplies
Clean appliance surfaces
Check and restock cleaning supplies
Disinfect countertops and backsplashes
Wipe down baseboards
Clean doorknobs and switch plate
Run the self-cleaning cycle of the oven
Monthly Kitchen Cleaning Tasks
Once a month, do a deep clean to help rid your kitchen of the dirt and grime that builds up over time.
"If time allows, wiping the exterior of cabinets and hardware will help keep the kitchen looking and smelling clean, as well as prolong the life of the cabinets," says Asya Biddle, Angi Expert Review Board member and manager of The Dustbusters janitorial company in Williamsport, PA.
Here are the monthly tasks for your kitchen cleaning checklist:
Take pantry inventory, toss expired products, and restock
Clean the coffeemaker
Deep clean inside of the fridge
Clean the garbage can
Clean the interior of the microwave
Wipe appliance exteriors
Launder kitchen rugs
Dust light fixtures
Organize cabinets and drawers
Dump crumbs from toaster
Deep clean oven
Clean windows and window treatments
Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Tasks
Kitchen appliances need a little extra attention when it comes to cleaning. Their stainless steel surfaces may show fingerprints and grime more so than the countertops, and you also need to keep the inside of these appliances in mind.
Some tasks, like wiping down the stovetop, require daily attention, while other chores, like deep-cleaning the inside of the fridge, can be done monthly.
Wipe interior and exterior of microwave
Wash microwave plate
Deep clean inside of fridge, tossing out expired items as you go
Use oven-cleaning setting once a week
Deep clean oven monthly with baking soda paste
Wipe down face of dishwasher
Run a bowl of vinegar on top rack of dishwasher, then wipe down interior
Clean dishwasher filter once per month
Kitchen Cleaning Organizational Tips
Looking to streamline your kitchen cleaning routine? Jen Robin, founder and CEO of Life in Jeneral, a lifestyle organizational design firm, recommends getting on a schedule.
"Once you’ve organized your kitchen, maintaining your systems on a schedule is the best way to ensure that the organization will last," Robin says. "Paying close attention to how you operate in your kitchen is key to adjusting your system to make sure it suits your daily schedule."
Here are Robin’s best tips for keeping your kitchen organized on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
Daily Kitchen Organizational Tip: Use Containers and Baskets
"Make note of where you take an item from and put it back in the same spot. This should be easy with containers in play. Pay attention to what you frequent and what you seldom use," advises Robin.
Weekly Kitchen Organizational Tip: Toss Unused or Expired Items
Robin suggests restocking any items as you use them, like tea bags and coffee pods. She also recommends cleaning out your fridge and checking expiration dates on longer-lasting items like dressings and condiments.
Monthly Kitchen Organizational Tip: Be Strategic
"Reevaluate how the system’s flow works in your daily life. If it’s complicated, rethink how you have items laid out," says Robin, who suggests moving frequented utensils and tools to easy access locations and purging any unused items.
Clean Kitchen, Happy Home
If you're spending hours per week cleaning your kitchen, even with this checklist, maybe it's time to think about hiring a professional. Cleaning companies can do a deep clean, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time relaxing and enjoying your family.
Find cleaners in your area to get quotes (the average cost of a single cleaning service is $170). It could change your life for the better.