How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen

If you’re anything like me, there may be one room that looks clean and tidy on the surface but it’s secretly haunting you behind closed cabinet doors—and that is the kitchen. It’s not that we don’t want to keep our kitchens neat and organized, but so often the hustle and bustle of our every day lives gets in the way. We rush to put away the groceries without bothering—or making the time—to throw out the items that are no longer edible. We open multiple packages of the same foods, then forget which one is still good. In our haste to put away the dishes or get dinner ready, we don’t spend quite as much time as we should to put things back in their proper place.

And, before we know it, we are left with a mess!

The challenging part of conquering kitchen chaos is not knowing where to begin. There are so many areas that need to be attended to. If we start, how will we ever finish?

To help, I’ve created a checklist that breaks the whole process down, section by section, in a way tat can be done all at once or just a little at a time, without completely disrupting your life.

Kitchen Deep Cleaning Checklist

• Pre-Clean
Wash and put away any dirty dishes
Clear countertops and wipe them clean
Clear any clutter that doesn’t belong in the kitchen

• Organize Your Pantry
Take out all the food and place it on your counters
Check labels and toss any items that are expired, empty, stale, etc.
Take a box or bag and fill it with any unopened donation items that you may not be able to eat before they expire, or items that your family won’t eat
Wipe down the shelves with a kitchen cleaner or soapy water
Create an pantry inventory
Put food back in the pantry area
Arrange similar items together
Put oldest and any opened items in the front and the newest in the back

• Clean and Organize Baking & Cooking Cupboards
Take out all items and place them on your countertop or table
Check labels and toss any items that are expired, empty, stale, etc.
Wipe down shelves with kitchen cleaner or soapy water
Use airtight containers with labels to store cooking and baking staples such as sugar and flour.
Put items back in cabinet, placing the most frequently used containers are easily accessible

• Clean and Organize Refrigerator & Freezer
Take out all the food and place on countertop or table
Check labels and toss any items that are expired, empty, stale, etc.
Wipe down shelves with kitchen cleaner or soapy water
Take out produce drawers and wash
Put food back in the refrigerator
Remove unneeded papers and excess magnets
Clean exterior

• Clean and Organize Storage Cupboards
Remove items from remaining storage cupboards or shelves and place on countertops or table
Toss or donate ant items that are broken, unwanted or that you haven’t used in over a year
Set aside any season items that only get used a few times a year to place with other seasonal items in storage
Wipe down shelves with kitchen cleaner or soapy water
Determine whether you can rearrange your storage areas to make your kitchen more efficient
Group similar items together and place back in cupboards
Put seasonal items in storage and bring donation items to local drop-off

• Clean and Organize Storage Drawers
Remove items from drawers and place on countertops or table
Toss or donate any items that are broken, unwanted or that you haven’t used in over a year
Set aside any seasonal items that only used a few times a year to place with other seasonal items in storage
Wipe down drawers with kitchen cleaner or soapy water
Wash any drawer organizers
Determine whether you can rearrange your storage areas to make your kitchen more efficient
Group similar items together and place back in drawers
Put seasonal items in storage and bring donation items to local drop-off

• Clean Other Appliances
Run self-cleaning cycle on oven according to manufacturer’s instructions
Clean exterior of oven
Clean stovetop
Clean microwave inside and out
Clean small countertop appliances
Clean exterior of dishwasher

• Clean Sink, Countertop and Cabinets
Clear any remaining clutter from countertops
Remove appliances from countertops
Spray countertops with kitchen cleaner, wipe them clean and dry
Wipe down cabinet exteriors
Polish wood cabinet with furniture polish

• Clean Floor
Remove all furniture and throw rugs and sweep floor
Spot clean any dirty or sticky areas or any stains
Mop floor with a heavy duty floor cleaner
Wash throw rugs.

When you break it down into sections like that, it seems more doable, right?

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