The Ultimate Monthly Deep Cleaning Checklist for Your Kitchen
With the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to overlook deep cleaning tasks. The kitchen is one area where cleaning tasks tend to pile up. A monthly deep clean can help you stay ahead of these tasks and keep your kitchen fresh and sparkling. Our detailed checklist will help you cover every nook and cranny.
- Remove all items from your refrigerator and freezer
- Dispose of expired food
- Wipe down shelves with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent
- Clean the drawers
- Dust the coils at the back or bottom of the refrigerator. (Accumulated dust can reduce efficiency)
2. Oven and Stove:
- Clean the oven interior using a specialized oven cleaner or a baking soda and vinegar mix.
- Remove stove grates and knobs, if possible, and clean them separately.
- Wipe down the stovetop.
- Remove and clean the filter.
- Run a cycle with a dishwasher cleaner or a cup of white vinegar to descale and remove odors.
- Remove the rotating plate and wash it separately.
- Wipe down the interior with a mixture of water and white vinegar to eliminate any lingering odors.
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6. Small Appliances:
- Don't forget about your toaster, blender, coffee maker, and other small appliances.
- Clean them according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Cabinets and Drawers
- Empty out your cabinets.
- Discard any expired items
- Wipe down the interiors, exterior doors, and handles. (Check out our guide for how to care for the top 10 most common cabinet materials.)
- Empty and wipe down your drawers.
- Reorganize and declutter utensils, flatware, and other kitchen tools.
- Clear off your countertops and thoroughly clean them.
- Use a cleaner appropriate for the material of your countertops (granite, quartz, laminate, etc.).
10. Backsplash and Walls:
- Wipe down the backsplash and any walls that might have been splashed with cooking liquids.
11. Sink and Faucet:
- Scrub your sink and faucet with a suitable cleaner.
- Clean the drain and garbage disposal if you have one.
- Sweep the floor thoroughly, ensuring you reach under appliances and furniture.
- Follow this up with a mop.
- Be sure to use a cleaner suitable for your floor type.
13. Garbage and Recycling Bins:
- Empty, scrub, and disinfect garbage and recycling bins to prevent unpleasant odors and pests.
14. Light Fixtures and Fans:
- Dust and clean any light fixtures or fans in your kitchen.
15. Windows and Blinds:
- Clean your kitchen windows, both inside and out if possible.
- Dust and clean blinds.
- Wash any curtains.
A clean, well-maintained kitchen is not only more pleasant to cook in, but it's also healthier and safer. Breaking down the tasks into manageable parts can make the job feel less overwhelming. Try scheduling your monthly deep cleaning for the first or fifteenth of each month so it’s easy to remember. Happy cleaning!